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International Senior Executive Development Programme

A unique leadership programme that will equip you to drive change, motivate and inspire others and capitalise on emerging opportunities in economies worldwide.

Transform your thinking, maximise your performance

The International Senior Executive Development Programme is a unique leadership programme that will equip you to drive change, motivate and inspire others and capitalise on emerging opportunities in economies worldwide.

  • Intense, transformative learning experience
  • Exposure to world-class faculty, experts and latest research
  • Thought-provoking perspectives and first-hand experience on three different continents
  • Global networking opportunity
  • Chance to plot your international career path
  • Dynamic learning combining latest research, action learning, case studies and visits to world-class companies
  • Highly practical sessions for you to work on current business issues and craft solutions
  • Share experiences and ideas with like-minded peers from other countries and cultures

This is an all-inclusive programme offering full-board accommodation and travel, including flights.

You'll learn from three institutions on different continents in practical, thought-provoking, interactive sessions in a learning experience that will empower you with the insights and leadership skills to drive change and to motivate and inspire others.

The opportunity to experience first hand how global business has developed and how it now operates across different continents is matched only by the benefit of learning from senior business leaders and experts drawn from three of the leading business schools in the world.

The International Senior Executive Development Programme will empower you with the insights and leadership skills to drive change, motivate and inspire others.

This programme will not only transform your thinking but will also offer you the unique opportunity to maximise your own personal performance on the global stage.

Who should attend

The programme is for senior managers/leaders and seasoned mid-career executives looking to develop their international and strategic skillset and experience.

As participants are coming from three continents, places are limited.

What the programme covers

Module 1 – Location: University of Bath in London

  • The UK economy – Past and present and future
  • The future of the global economy
  • Strategic thinking within a complex world
  • Leading change
  • Leadership and trust
  • Leading cultural change

Module 2 – Location: University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch

  • The intersection of history, politics and economics in South Africa
  • Economics in South Africa: a balancing act
  • Business realities in South Africa
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Business in society
  • Ethical leadership & Governance

Module 3 – Location: Zhejiang University, Hangzhou Province, China

  • Outlook of China's economy and the world capital market
  • "The Belt and Road Initiative" future oriented co-operation and challenges
  • Opportunities and challenges of China's manufacturing transformation
  • Opportunities for development and co-operation of China's free trade zone strategy
  • Internet financial innovation and development
  • Business positioning and business model innovation
  • Business intelligence in the era of big data
  • Internet and enterprise innovation
  • Master Sun's Art of War and enterprise management
  • Comparison between Chinese and Western cultures

How you will benefit

  • Insights and leadership knowledge and skills to drive change
  • Opportunity to experience how global business operates in different continents
  • Network with participants from UK/Europe, Africa & China
  • Learn approaches and ideas to motivate and inspire others
  • Learn from experts and senior business leaders drawn from three leading international business schools
  • Maximise your capability and performance on a global stage
  • Broaden your horizons and perspectives
  • Time out to reflect

How your organisation will benefit

Your organisation will benefit from executives who:

  • are well-networked and can support global business objectives
  • understand how to manage and lead in a fast-paced, complex global environment
  • understand and can impact the challenges and demands of the whole organisation
  • are revitalised with fresh insights and perspectives
  • have greater courage to navigate the complexities of leadership in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world

Fees, dates and locations


£17,250 including all hotel accommodation, meals and economy flights (upgrade option available)


Three modules of five days. You'll take part in a five-day module at each of the three business schools plus optional sightseeing and social activities during the weekend before modules start.

2020 dates to be confirmed

There will also be a launch event in each country before the programme begins for participants from that country.


University of Bath in London 83 Pall Mall, St. James's, London, SW1Y 5ES, UK

University of Stellenbosch 10 Marais Street, 7600 Stellenbosch, South Africa

Zhejiang University Xixi Campus, Hangzhou, 310058, China

Register your interest in this programme

Faculty: United Kingdom

Professor Veronica Hope Hailey, BA, MSc, PhD – University of Bath Vice-President; Dean, School of Management and Chair in Management Studies

Veronica's research focuses on the link between business strategy, HR strategy and change management. She is particularly interested in the relationship between organisational change and individual transition. Veronica specialises in working with large, mature organisations in collaborative research partnerships. A consistent theme is the challenges of corporate renewal and people transformation. Her recent work has focused on the repair of trust following the financial crisis, culminating in a report for the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) Where has all the trust gone?. Veronica has just commenced a new project with the CIPD looking at innovation and HR management. She is also launching research examining how to develop trustworthy leaders. A member of the UK Government Task Force on Employee Engagement, Veronica ranked 6th in the 2016 HR Most Influential Thinkers list.

Dr Dominic Swords – Associate

Dominic is an Associate of the University of Bath School of Management. He brings a deep and pragmatic understanding of the impact of market change on the strategic, operational and financial needs and resourcing of organisations. He consults with a range of businesses and is a regular speaker at corporate conferences on the business impact of economic change. Dominic has worked with clients throughout Europe, the US, Middle East, India and Asia Pacific across a range of sectors. He is a frequent contributor to TV and radio including on the BBC and CNBC. Recent subjects he has commented on include the financial crisis and the recession, economic prospects for the UK, the re-structuring of the European airline industry, analysis of fiscal policy and the Budget.

Professor Nick Pearce – Professor of Public Policy and Director of The Institute for Policy Research (IPR)

Nick has extensive experience in policy research and government policymaking in the UK and internationally. He is an author and regular commentator on public policy in broadcast and print media, writing on issues from social justice, public service reform and identity politics to the changing nature of political leadership. His previous roles include Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), where his team produced public policy research in public services, economic reform, welfare state, migration, energy and environment, politics and power. Nick headed up the No10 Downing St. Policy Unit and was special advisor in the Home Office, Cabinet Office and former Department for Education and Employment. He served on the Equalities Review and the Teaching & Learning 2020 Review. Nick co-edits the IPPR journal of ideas Juncture, is on the board of the Royal Institute of British Architects and is a member of the UK-India Roundtable and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office's Diplomatic Excellence Panel.

Faculty: South Africa

Professor Andre Roux

Professor Andre Roux was the Director of the Institute for Futures Research (IFR) at the University of Stellenbosch (USB) from 1996 to August 2015. The IFR ran interventions with and for leaders and strategists in business and government. The IFR has 110 corporate and government department clients. Andre lectures on economics and futures thinking. Andre has delivered postgraduate programmes all over Africa and Australia. He is a guest lecturer on postgraduate programmes at the Dept. of Industrial Psychology, School of Public Management at USB and Post-graduate diploma in Managing HIV and AIDS in the workplace. He is initiator and programme head of two postgraduate programmes in Futures Studies. Andre holds a PhD in Economics (University of Stellenbosch) and is responsible for more than 150 popular publications. A regular guest on radio and television programmes, Andre was awarded the Rector's award for excellence in teaching at the University of Stellenbosch in 1999, and gives more than 60 talks/presentations each year.

Dr Jako Volschenk

Dr Jako Volschenk is a Senior Lecturer in Strategy & Sustainability at the University of Stellenbosch (USB) as well as on other Masters programs in South Africa and France. He has worked with a number of South African and global institutions, including the WWF, Nedbank and USAID. He consults in the areas of strategy and environmental sustainability. Jako has published in the areas of co-opetition, energy, sustainability and micro-finance. Previously, he was a researcher with the Africa Centre for Investment Analysis and acted as coordinator of the Africa SMME Awards. Jako has also consulted in the social impact of private equity investments and in development finance. He holds a PhD in the area of co-opetition.

Professor Annika Rudman

Professor Annika Rudman is an expert in public international law, international human rights law and international property rights. She has taught public international law at universities of Lund and Malmo in Sweden as well as the University of Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania. She has carried out extensive research in East and West Africa as well as in South Africa in relation to her interest in land rights, gender equality and customary land tenure. Her research focus is: Property rights as Human Rights; Gender, land rights and customary law in South Africa; The constitutional protection of equality and property in the South African Constitution; Formalisation of property rights and sustainable development in Sub-Saharan Africa and Feminist legal theory.

Faculty: China

Professor Wu Xiaobo – Dean of the School of Management of Zhejiang University

Professor Wu Xiaobo has long been interested in the teaching and research of innovation and strategic management of Chinese enterprises in the global network, and is committed to promoting the healthy forces leading China's economic development. He is also pioneering in secondary innovation management, global manufacturing and innovation strategy, information technology and management change, inclusive innovation and other fields.

Dr. Ben Shenglin – Professor of Banking & Finance & Dean, Academy of Internet Finance, Zhejiang University

Prior to embarking on an academic career, Dr Ben worked in financial services with ABN AMRO, HSBC and lastly JP Morgan Chase as CEO, JP Morgan Chase Bank (China) Co Ltd. He teaches and researches on international finance, internet finance, fintech, entrepreneurial finance and global business.