Executive Education

Through its multiple Executive Education courses, the Ash Center offers an interactive learning experience to practitioners looking for a fresh approach to crafting public policy. Below, we invite you to learn more about the Center’s extensive global and domestic Executive Education programs. 

Asia Energy Leaders ProgramAsia Energy Leaders Program
The Asia Energy Leaders Program convenes premier faculty and senior energy executives to highlight new analytical frameworks and innovative approaches to understanding five key issues related to energy and sustainability issues in Asia: globalization; governance; competitiveness and corporate strategy; low carbon technologies; and sustainable development.

China Crisis ManagementChina Crisis Management
Taught at the Chinese Academy of Governance in Beijing, this executive education course is for senior officials with emergency management responsibilities in the national, provincial, and city levels in China. Through discussion and guest speakers, this course examines large-scale disasters and planned international events to offer best practices in disaster prevention, mitigation, and preparation.

China's Leaders in DevelopmentChina’s Leaders in Development
Established in 2001, China’s Leaders in Development program is widely recognized by the Chinese government as one of the best overseas training programs for government officials. Taught both at Tsinghua University, China, and Harvard Kennedy School, this eight-week training program is specifically designed to help prepare senior local and central Chinese government officials to more effectively address the ongoing challenges of China’s national reforms.

Creating Collaborative Solutions: Innovations in GovernanceCreating Collaborative Solutions: Innovations in Governance
The Creating Collaborative Solutions program explores new methods of working across traditional jurisdictions and sectors to identify, understand, and address emerging social problems. Topics include strategic management in the public sector, adaptive leadership, principled negotiation, and public sector innovation.

Crisis Leadership in Higher Education
A collaboration of faculty from Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Graduate School of Education, this program offers senior leaders of institutions of higher education the opportunity to enhance skills needed to respond to a wide range of crises – physical, health, and reputational – that may challenge college and university communities.

General and Flag Officer Homeland Security Executive Seminar
Designed by PCL faculty specifically for the National Guard and the United States Coast Guard, the seminar emphasizes the critical role the agencies play as the backbone of the nation’s leadership cadre for providing the essential intermediate response to large, complex, multi-jurisdiction, multi-level, multi-sectoral events.

Leadership in Crises: Preparation and Performance
Offered since 2002, this intensive one-week program brings together senior officials from all levels of American government, the private and non-profit sectors, other countries, and international organizations. This program focuses on the requisites of decision making and coordinated action by leaders and their organizations in times of crisis – and what advance preparation can make crisis performance more effective.

Leadership in Homeland Security
Organized in partnership with the National Guard, this program is offered to field grade and senior non-commissioned officers and is based on HKS Program on Crisis Leadership’s core executive education course “Leadership in Crises.”

Leadership Transformation in IndonesiaLeadership Transformation in Indonesia
The Leadership Transformation in Indonesia program is a four-week course focusing on issues of leadership in public service. This customized executive education course is the result of a collaboration between the Harvard Kennedy School Indonesia Program and the Indonesian Ministry of Home Affairs.

Shanghai Executive Management ProgramShanghai Executive Management Program 
This program aims to provide senior officials in Shanghai municipal government agencies with perspectives on strategy, leadership, management of service delivery, urban planning and development, crisis management, and social policy, as practiced in the United States and other countries. Officials attend two weeks of intensive classes at HKS and visit government agencies around the country.

Taiwan Leadership ProgramTaiwan Leadership Program
The Taiwan Leadership Program offers a unique opportunity for collaboration between HKS and Taiwan’s current and emerging leaders. Taiwan Fellows – a group of top Taiwanese government officials and preeminent scholars – participate in executive education programs at HKS and conduct applied research on economic and social developments in Taiwan.

Using Evidence to Improve Social Program EffectivenessLeading Successful Social Programs: Using Evidence to Assess Effectiveness
This one-week executive program led by Faculty Co-Chairs Julie Boatright Wilson and Dan Levy helps managers of social programs discover, assess, and present different types of evidence that will increase the effectiveness of the social programs their organization undertakes, and support efforts to obtain and/or sustain funding.


Madame Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan VELP 2015Vietnam Executive Leadership Program

The Vietnam Executive Leadership Program consists of regular discussion sessions and seminars, applied research, and a guided policy dialogue program for senior Vietnamese officials. The program convenes annually at Harvard Kennedy School and is designed to familiarize senior Vietnamese leaders with the latest thinking on globalization and its relationship to development.