Executive Public Leaders Programme participants © John Cairns

Executive Public Leaders Programme

A unique executive education opportunity for heads of public organisations.

Now accepting applications for November 2021

Programme dates: 7–19 November 2021
Duration: 13 days
Location: Oxford
Cost: £18,000

The Executive Public Leaders Programme is open exclusively to leaders in the public sector, and we welcome all such leaders, including career civil servants, political appointees, and elected officials. 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 have only a limited number of places for those who are expected to be promoted to such a role within the next two years.

Applications are assessed on a rolling basis, and early application is encouraged.

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About the programme


Renewing your leadership for the post-pandemic world

The intensive two-week programme brings these leaders to Oxford to learn from world-renowned scholars, from outstanding practitioners, and from one another in highly interactive discussions, debates, and simulations.

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.

Participants will establish an ongoing connection with the School and University and will become executive alumni of the University of Oxford.

Given the uncertainties caused by the coronavirus pandemic, particularly with the difficulties of global travel, we will continue to assess the situation throughout the year. We intend to confirm the dates and format of the programme with participants by March 2021. We are nonetheless reviewing applications now and we encourage you to apply.

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Participant Testimonials

Any senior public sector leader who wants to make a bigger difference in the public interest will find that this course provides rich, multi-layered learning and enduring relationships.
Rebecca Kitteridge, Director-General of Security, New Zealand

This is the kind of programme which every senior public leader needs to invest in.
Marlene Malahoo Forte, Attorney General of Jamaica

A fantastic wake-up call – took many of us with senior, but partial experience, and widened the spotlight, putting our shared experiences into a powerful context. A lot of practical ideas, and things to mull over. And fantastic socially.
Vijay Rangarajan, UK Ambassador to Brazil

I had a fabulous experience learning from both the rigour of academia and the wisdom of international peers.
Simon Ridley, Director General, Decentralisation and Growth at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, UK

This course has equipped me with skills to frame my extensive public sector experience within a clear academic framework and provided me with a clearer understanding of the relationship between the practice of public policy and the theory.
Joshua Setipa, Managing Director, UN Technology Bank for the Least Developed Countries

Diversity, knowledge and learning in one place.
Ritu Sain, Director, Directorate of Estates, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India

A remarkable experience in my career. The teaching method, content and colleagues make it a learning process that gives us a powerful practical tool to implement as heads of our institutions.
Jaime Tohá, National Director of JUNAEB, Government of Chile

Additional information

For more information, please email eplp@bsg.ox.ac.uk.

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