Balance the demand for public services with the constraints of political life

The Executive Public Leaders Programme is an intensive two-week programme bringing senior public sector leaders to Oxford to learn from world-renowned scholars, outstanding practitioners and one another, in highly interactive discussions, debates and simulations.

The programme is designed for those at the top of their department, ministry, agency, commission, or multilateral organisation, in roles such as permanent secretary, director general, general manager, secretary general, executive director, managing director, or the equivalent. We welcome all such leaders, including career civil servants, political appointees, and elected officials.

You will be immersed in a multinational, multidisciplinary experience through which you gain skills and confidence in your management of people, technology, and organisational culture; your partnerships and negotiations with business entities and non-profits; and your navigation of challenges to personal and organisational integrity.

Participants will establish an ongoing connection with us and will become executive alumni of the Blavatnik School.

At a glance
Applications for 2024 closing soon!
Programme dates23 June – 4 July 2024
Duration12 days
About the programme

My experience over the course of the Executive Public Leaders Programme was nothing short of life changing, and this is no exaggeration.

Mac Leauanae, Chief Executive, Ministry of Pacific Peoples, New Zealand, 2022 participant

I have been able to translate the learning back into my work immediately. The support was amazing, and the related activities fitted well. I have been on many courses over my career, and this has surpassed them all by far.

Maree Roberts, Deputy Director General, Strategy, Policy and Legislation, Ministry of Health, New Zealand, 2023 participant
How to apply
Harness the power of effective narratives

The Executive Public Leaders Programme is designed for senior public leaders who head a ministry, agency or international organisation (ministers, permanent secretaries, chief executives or equivalent), or are likely to move into such a position within the next two years. 

To apply, please complete the form online. You will be asked to upload a résumé/CV and organisational chart if available. 

Admission to the programme is selective and is based on professional achievements, organisational responsibilities, and personal motivation.

The Executive Public Leaders Programme was transformational for me. It increased my self-awareness and provided me with really useful tools to navigate my leadership journey and to increase my impact in public service.

Elsie Addo Awadzi, Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana, 2022 participant