Tackle the biggest challenges facing the public sector

Maintain your exemplary performance in your current role while developing the new skills and perspective you need to take on a top leadership role.

The Rising Public Leaders Programme is a six-day intensive programme bringing together a group of upcoming public leaders from a diverse array of countries. It will broaden your skills and provide you with the conceptual frameworks and practical tools you need to lead a public sector organisation successfully in a rapidly changing and deeply challenging world.

Offering insight from the world’s leading scholars and practitioners, and peer learning from your counterparts around the globe, this programme will help you move into the top leadership of a public-sector organisation in the next three to seven years.

The programme immerses participants 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.

Learn through an intensive and engaging mix of pedagogical styles, including:

  • Classroom discussions
  • Simulations
  • Practical exercises
  • Group work

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

At a glance
Now accepting applications for 2024
Programme dates14–19 April 2024
Duration6 days
LocationOxford
Cost£9,500

This was one of the best learning and development experiences I’ve ever had. The topics were highly relevant to anyone in public service and there was also a huge range of learning methods employed. By the end of it you’ll be hugely energised and ready to take the learning home and apply it immediately.

Keith Moynes, Assistant Secretary General, Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Government of Ireland, 2022 participant

A major takeaway for me was the importance of using storytelling as a tool for communicating. I also liked the open and safe space provided for all of us to engage.

Mukhtaar Tijani, General Manager, Lagos State Electricity Board, Lagos State Government, 2023 participant

This experience will change the way you work, think, manage, build relations and effective teams and promote integrity in institutions you serve. This programme will enable you to become an inspiring leader whom others will want to follow.

Dominik Porvažník, Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic, 2023 participant
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Prepare for a top leadership role

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

Kow Essuman

Embarking on the Rising Public Leaders Programme at the Blavatnik School of Government has been a defining chapter in my professional journey. This transformative experience not only enriched my knowledge and skills but also shaped my perspective on public leadership in profound ways. 

Read about Kow's experience

Kow Essuman, Legal Counsel to the President of Ghana, 2023 participant