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Swedish Institute Global Executive Programme

Are you a senior executive committed to reshape the future of business and take on the sustainability challenge? Join the Swedish Institute (SI) Global Executive Programme and gain insights from Sweden’s most successful sustainability cases, business leaders and experts in the field.


In an increasingly fast-paced and interconnected world, there is a pressing need for progressive business leaders who can drive change that’s beneficial for their companies while helping solve societal challenges. Advancing sustainability and improving the quality of people’s lives has long propelled innovation in Sweden. Swedish executives, researcher and policymakers have a long history of collaborating together to cultivate transformative ideas for a more sustainable society.

The SI Global Executive Programme was created to nurture forward-thinking business executives seeking to shape a future that is not only economically resilient but socially and ecologically sustainable. It stands as a testament to Sweden’s excellence in pioneering sustainable solutions and serves as a conduit for sharing the country’s rich legacy of sustainable business practices with the rest of the world.

The SI Global Executive Programme is designed for senior executives, including CEOs and top corporate managers. The programme is tailored to help integrate sustainability into the very fabric of a business, elevating it from mere initiative to core strategic imperative. Participants are offered invaluable insights from a key forefront in the global sustainability movement.

One of the programme’s unique strengths lies in its global reach, bringing together 100 leaders from 22 countries to create a melting pot of perspectives, experience and opportunities.

The SI Global Executive Programme is scheduled to take place from May to November 2024, featuring online sessions throughout its entire duration. Additionally, there will be a one-week onsite module in Sweden. The programme includes interactive workshops, lectures and coaching, as well as meetings with representatives from various companies and organisations in Sweden. More than a series of one-way lectures, the programme is a challenging and interactive experience that requires participants to actively engage and contribute.

Designed with an understanding of the time constraints faced by top-level executives, the programme is intended to seamlessly integrate into participants’ existing responsibilities, providing practical solutions that can be readily applied within your organisation.

What will the programme give you?

The SI Global Executive Programme will give you the following:

  • Advanced understanding of social, ecological and economic sustainability within planetary boundaries – from a business perspective
  • Increased expertise in utilising and implementing methods for strategic business development within sustainability and the green transition – from a systemic perspective
  • Strengthened capabilities and skills to lead change and effectively manage complexity
  • Unique insights from a variety of business cases for sustainability in Sweden, which is recognised as one of the leading countries in sustainable business practices
  • Coaching by experts in the field that support your own personal development and the development of your business
  • A unique opportunity for close collaboration and exchange with colleagues at senior levels, fostering a strong and enduring global professional network
  • Opportunity to meet and connect with Swedish businesses and organisations
  • Access to the global Swedish Institute Alumni Network, which includes over 19,000 leaders dedicated to leadership and sustainability

Am I eligible to apply?

Applicants to the SI Global Executive Programme must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a citizen and resident of one of our programme countries: Bangladesh, Brazil. China, Colombia, Egypt, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, Nigeria, Philippines, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Türkiye, Ukraine *, or Vietnam.

*Ukrainian applicants who reside outside of Ukraine are eligible to apply.

  • Have a leadership position, such as CEO or senior executive, in a medium to large company with a mandate to spearhead strategic changes throughout their business.
  • Be at least 30 years old (born 1994 at the latest).
  • Have a good working knowledge of both written and spoken English.
  • Have a completed post-secondary education (the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree or greater).
  • Be willing and able to actively participate, provide support and share their experience and knowledge with other participants.
  • Have identified business needs or problems that could be worked on during the programme to help their company improve its contribution to a more sustainable world.
  • Have access to high speed internet for interactive video meetings

An applicant’s company must also meet the following requirements:

  • Be locally owned and based in one of the programme countries.
  • Operate within industries associated with the green transition or about to make important commitments related to the green transition (e. g., industries within renewable energy, green buildings, clean transportation, water management, waste management and land management).
  • Be committed to running a business in a sustainable manner and implementing sustainable practices within the organisation.

Programme structure, format and timeline

The SI Global Executive Programme consists of interactive workshops, lectures, coaching, and meetings with representatives from various companies and organisations in Sweden. It’s designed to be a challenging and interactive experience that requires participants to actively engage and contribute.

A key objective of the programme is for each participant to create and begin executing a strategic business project that’s also seamlessly integrated into their organisation’s overarching business strategy. Each participant’s project will be tailored to address the specific needs of their organisation and its stakeholders.

The SI Global Executive Programme for 2024 is scheduled to run from May through November 2024. During intense programme modules, participants should be prepared to spend around three to four hours per week on activities such as viewing pre-recorded lessons and carrying out assignments, as well as participating in coaching sessions and/or small group collaborations. A finalised schedule and timelines will be provided at the start of the programme.

The SI Global Executive Programme has five main components:

Foundation (May – June)

Foundation sessions are conducted online in both large and small group formats (organised by region and randomly mixed) and include coaching and exploring the latest developments within the field of sustainability in business and the green transition. These sessions aim to equip participants with the tools and support to further enhance their change leadership skills and begin working on their strategic business project.

Strategic business project (June – October)

Each participant is asked to identify a challenge or opportunity relevant to their role or based on their organisation’s overall business needs and current approaches to sustainability. Participants receive support in applying newfound knowledge, ideas and inspiration gained through the programme. The goal of the strategic business project is to develop real and measurable results that help participants learn by doing while launching or managing change initiatives that can continue after the programme ends. Participants are coached to challenge themselves in choosing a project that, at minimum, delivers an ROI for their participation in the programme.

Masterclasses, online (August – October)

A variety of tailored high-quality masterclasses are provided to enhance participants’ knowledge and skills in relation to their areas of interest and specific needs while they work on their strategic business project. Participation in Masterclasses is exclusive to participants who successfully complete the programme’s previous components.

Sweden week, onsite (14 – 18 October, excluding travel days)

Gathering together 100 programme participants in Sweden, this interactive and immersive onsite experience offers a unique opportunity to network with peers in a global setting and engage with Swedish business leaders and experts. It features field visits, workshops and chances to explore Swedish culture and local nature. This experience aims to strengthen participants’ change leadership skills and help them refine their strategic business project. Participation in Sweden week is exclusive to participants who have successfully completed the programme’s previous components.

Way forward, online & regionally onsite (November)

In the SI Global Executive Programme’s final component, participants put their strategic business projects into action. They share their expertise and skills with colleagues and stakeholders, celebrate early wins and establish strong relationships within a global network of sustainability leaders and through the Swedish embassy in their home country.

Programme timeline 2024

Mid-February – mid-March: Open call for applications
Early May – mid-June: Initial online sessions
Late August – mid-October: Midpoint online sessions
October: Onsite experience in Sweden (14 – 18 October, excluding travel days)
November: Final online sessions

Participation in the SI Global Executive Programme is free of charge.

Costs covered and arranged by the Swedish Institute:

  • All training materials online and onsite
  • Flights to and from Sweden for the Sweden week onsite experience
  • Accommodation, meals, transportation and insurance while in Sweden

How to apply

Only applicants who have submitted a complete application (written answers to the questions and videointerview) will be considered for the programme.

These are the steps you need to go through to submit your application:
  1. Register your profile in the application portal.
  2. Select what programme you would like to apply for (SI Global Executive Programme is open for application February 12 – March 12 (23.59 CET).
  3. Answer all the questions for the different sections in the application portal (found in the left-hand menu).
  4. Upload your CV as per the instructions in the portal.
  5. After you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a confirmation to your inbox in Dream Apply.
  6. You will also receive a message to your inbox in Dream Apply with a link to record a short video. Follow the instructions in the message. It will take less than ten minutes to record the video. You will get two questions to answer within two minutes each. We ask you to make the recording in a quiet setting and, if possible, use headphones with a built-in microphone. Please note that it is mandatory to make the video recording. We wish you the best of luck

Screening of applications 12 March-12 April 2024

The applications will be evaluated according to the following selection criteria:
  • The relevance and quality of personal motivation, commitment, and the applicant’s answers in the application.
  • A broad assessment of the applicant’s suitable experience and qualifications.
  • The willingness and readiness of the applicant’s company to work for sustainable business, and motivation to implement new learnings and practices from the programme within the organisation.

Admission announced from April 22

The Swedish Institute will admit about 100 applicants chosen from a final shortlist. In the final selection the Swedish Institute will not only look at the individual candidates but will aim to create a group with even distribution between countries, different industries, as well as individual profiles and gender.

For questions on application process, please contact Business Sweden at: SI.GEP@business-sweden.se

The SI Global Executive Programme is arranged by the Swedish Institute, a public agency that builds interest and trust in Sweden around the world. The Swedish Institute work with Sweden promotion, cooperation in the Baltic Sea region and global development. (Link to Swedish Institute website)

Read more about the programme here: “SI Global Executive Programme”:

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