The global energy industry is facing unprecedented challenges as it navigates rapidly changing demands, regulatory hurdles, geopolitical risks, and technological disruptions. The ongoing COVID–19 pandemic will accelerate the need to shift to a sustainable energy future with a sharp focus on renewables, and tomorrow's energy leaders must be able to embrace this disruption to steer their organizations forward.

Rice University's Global Energy Leadership Program is designed for senior functional, technical, or business managers planning to transition to a leadership role or embark on entrepreneurial ventures in the energy industry.

Global Energy Leadership Program

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Global Energy Leadership Program

We are closely monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As the situation continues to change rapidly; the health, safety and well-being of the entire community, is of paramount importance to us. We are committed to providing you with the most current information available about the program; our aim is to ensure the academic integrity and learning experience of the program that you are applying for.

Global Energy Leadership Program Global Energy Leadership Program



The Global Energy Leadership Program curriculum has been carefully designed to offer participants the best of current research and on-ground experience. This multi-modular program includes seminars, workshops, guest speakers and webinars with sessions in Dubai and Houston. Throughout the program, participants will work on strategic projects that will offer them an opportunity to apply lessons and knowledge from experts.

Energy Strategy

  • Impact of Macro Environment
  • Competitive Advantage and Positioning
  • Growth through Innovation and New Markets
  • Growth through the Value Chain or Adjacency Expansion
  • Geopolitics in Energy
  • Creating Value for B2B Customers (Customer Value Equation)
  • Renewable Sources of Energy

Execution and Change

  • Key Drivers of Impactful Execution
  • Organizational System Changes to Drive New Business
  • Effective Change Management
  • Principles from Organizational Alignment
  • Understanding Barriers to Change
  • Change Stakeholder Analysis and Influence Mapping
  • Strategies of Influence to Overcome Change Resistance

Innovation & Managing

  • Corporate Innovation Models
  • Sustaining an Innovation Culture
  • Product, Service and Business Model Innovation
  • Applications of Blockchain to Energy

Leading Data-driven
Energy Corporations

  • Foundations of Data-Analytics
  • Modeling Business Decisions
  • Enhancing Forecasting
  • Understanding Deterministic vs. Data-Driven Models
  • Aligning Your Organization to Create a Data-Driven Culture
  • AI/ IoT/ Digitization - Impact on Energy Operations and Strategy

Global Leadership

  • Debunking Myths about Leadership
  • Leadership Derailment and the Characteristics
  • Diagnosing Leadership Strengths and Weaknesses
  • Employee Motivation, Engagement, and Performance
  • Executive Coaching for Improved Employee Performance
  • Building High-Performing, Collaborative, and Innovative Management Teams
  • Managing Team Conflict

Financial Decision-Making

  • Understanding Shareholder’s Objectives
  • Conceptual Framework for Value Maximization
  • Link between Shareholders and a Firm’s Cost of Capital
  • Relationship between Risk and Reward
  • Project Valuation
  • The Impact of Industry Structure and Competition on Project Value
  • Financial modeling

Decision-Making Under

  • Making High-Stakes Decisions
  • Overcoming Common Decision Biases
  • Team Decision-Making Process
Note: Topics and sessions are subject to change based on faculty availability.

Participant Profile

This program is ideal for senior functional, technical, or business managers about to make the transition to a general management role or embark on entrepreneurial ventures in the energy industry.

The learning journey is specifically designed for senior executives with:

meet the faculty

Unconventional wisdom is at the heart of what makes Rice University one of the best universities in the United States. In that spirit, the Jones Graduate School of Business has put together a team of world-class faculty, industry experts, researchers and disrupters to empower participants of the program to meet their highest potential and achieve the unachievable. The faculty of the Global Energy Leadership Program have been carefully selected to provide the right blend of unconventional wisdom, technical finesse and cutting-edge research to ensure the program becomes a valuable investment in our participants’ careers and vision.

Brent Smith
Professor Brent Smith
Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education

A leading behavioral scientist, Professor Brent Smith is the Senior Associate Dean of the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University. Previously, he served on the faculty at London Business School and Cornell University and has taught at UC Berkeley, Oxford, INSEAD, Columbia, the Technical University of Denmark, and the Indian School of Business.

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Prashant Kale
Professor Prashant Kale
Associate Professor of Strategic Management

A sought-after expert on Corporate Strategy and M&A, and has extensive experience consulting global energy clients, Dr. Prashant Kale serves as Associate Professor of Strategic Management in The Jones Graduate School of Business. His research focuses on Corporate Strategy, Strategic Alliances, and Mergers & Acquisitions. His articles on these topics have been published in reputed international journals such as the Strategic Management Journal, Harvard Business Review, California Management Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, European Management Journal, Managerial and Decision Economics, Academy of Management Perspective, and others.

Note: Faculty is subject to change

Alumni Benefits

Upon successful completion of our Global Energy Leadership Program, you will become a member of the Rice Business professional community. As a new member, you are eligible to receive the following executive education alumni benefits:


Module Date Location
Module 1 December 2020–March 2021 Live online sessions
Module 2 March 7–12, 2021 Houston (Rice University Campus)
Module 3 April–May 2021 Live online sessions
Module 4 May 6–11, 2021 Dubai

Note: Schedule is subject to change


Round Date Application Fees
Round 1 September 1, 2020 US $300
Round 2 October 6, 2020 US $400
Round 3 November 10, 2020 US $400
Program Fee*: US $17,000
Application Round 1 Program Fee: US $15,000
Application Round 2 Program Fee: US $16,000
Application Round 3 Program Fee: US $17,000
*Early registration benefit available


  • Inclusions: Breakfasts, Coffee breaks, Lunches, and Program materials.
  • Exclusions: Accommodation and Travel are not included.
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