The Rice Global Energy Leadership Program is designed to equip senior functional, technical, and business managers with the tools and frameworks required to step into a leadership role or embark on entrepreneurial ventures in the energy industry. It is a one-of-a-kind, four-month learning journey for future leaders in energy.

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Designed by leading academics and experts, the Global Energy Leadership Program offers a transformational curriculum for leaders in the energy sector. The multimodular program gives participants broad exposure to learning content, case studies, and methodologies — focused on but not limited to the energy sector — enabling them to apply contextual knowledge and best practices to their organizations. The cohort-format program features seminars, workshops, guest speakers, and webinars with in-person immersions in Dubai and Houston.

Strategy Formulation
and Execution

  • Industry Structure Dynamics
  • Macro Environment Change
  • Creating Competitive Advantage through Positioning
  • Growth through Innovation and New Market Creation
  • Growth through Expansion in New Businesses or Adjacencies
  • Creating and Capturing Value in Ecosystems
  • Building Blocks of Effective Strategy Execution


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

Innovation and 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

Decision Making

  • Understanding Shareholders' 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

Global Leadership

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

Decision Making Under Uncertainty

  • 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, and 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

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 visions. They draw on their extensive experience to address the challenges of the energy industry today while anticipating tomorrow’s disruptive innovations.

Brent Smith
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
Prashant Kale
Associate Professor of Strategic Management

A sought-after expert on corporate strategy and M&A and with 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 M&A. 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

Other Faculty

Alumni Benefits

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


Module Date Location
Module 1 June 5–10, 2022* Dubai
Module 2 July–August 2022 Live Online Sessions
Module 3 September 25–30, 2022* Houston (Rice University Campus)

*Program delivery may change to live online in case there are prevailing COVID-19 travel restrictions.


Round Date Application Fees
Round 1 Closed -
Round 2 Closed -
Round 3 Closed -
Program Fee*: US$17,000


  • Inclusions: breakfasts, coffee breaks, lunches, and program materials.
  • Exclusions: accommodation and travel.
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