Lead Your Organization from Volatility to Value

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Course Dates


August 12, 2024

Course Duration


9 to 12 Months
Online and Live Online

Course Fee


US$18,000 US$17,000 and get US$1,000 off with a referral US$200 application fee

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The energy industry is witnessing unprecedented levels of volatility. Geopolitical tensions, climate change concerns, and the increased pressure for decarbonization have pushed the global energy industry to accelerate transformation through technological advancements and innovation. Energy executives must strike a balance between driving their organization’s need for business growth with profitable and efficient solutions and innovating for future demand.

The nine- to twelve-month Executive Program for Energy Leaders from Texas Executive Education at The McCombs School of Business is an extraordinary opportunity to gain crucial insights from industry experts and thought leaders. You will acquire a strategic framework to address complex business decisions and sustain long-term growth in this evolving energy landscape.


of energy leaders see technological disruption as more of an opportunity than a threat.

Source: KPMG


of energy CEOs said managing climate risk would determine whether they can keep their jobs over the next five years.

Source: KPMG


The program has been structured with the needs of busy executives in mind. You will learn through online sessions, including guest lectures from leading industry leaders. You also have the flexibility to customize your learning journey for maximum career and business impact.


Embark on your learning journey at your own pace. Experience a program that provides the flexibility of online sessions with an in-depth curriculum.


Learn alongside accomplished global peers and exchange perspectives. Interact with world-leading faculty and industry experts to gain new insights.


Advance your career and elevate your organization by gaining advanced skills and hands-on experience to develop unique solutions.

"McCombs has been a leader in the business of energy for decades, and we are excited to bring our extraordinary faculty expertise to this innovative program."

— Lillian F. Mills
Dean, McCombs School of Business


The energy leadership program will provide you with the tools and frameworks for:

Insight-driven decision making
Assess uncertainty in the energy landscape to determine growth, valuation, and business strategies.

Adaptive strategies for the future
Develop business innovations and technology solutions in response to industry disruption.

Risk management
Analyze the decisions, opportunities, and key stakeholders associated with the execution of risky capital projects.

Strategic implementation
Explore and implement new business models to increase profitability in this new energy world.

Ethical leadership
Assess the societal, economic, environmental, ethical, and legal impacts of energy systems.

Leading change
Build alignment through influential communication and lead the organization forward.


Core Curriculum

Take a deep dive into the program’s core modules with 18 weeks of in-depth sessions on the crucial challenges facing the energy sector.

Minimal Weekly Commitment

Balance learning with your busy work schedule by dedicating just three to five hours each week toward program sessions and learning activities.

In-Person Networking

Connect with high-achieving peers from around the world and build a lifelong network at an optional two-day program and networking event on the University of Texas campus in Austin.

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Expert Faculty

Gain in-depth insights from world-renowned faculty and expert practitioners with practical industry experience.

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Success Coach

Craft your learning journey in line with your career goals with a success coach assigned to your cohort.

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Global Peer Group

Interact with like-minded energy executives from across the world and share insights with each other.

Specialized Electives

Select two online electives that can help advance your career in a relevant area of specialization.

Self-Paced Learning

Work at your own pace by accessing the week's sessions and activities at your convenience.

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Capstone Project

Apply your insights to a project that will help you craft a business case or road map for an initiative you are leading.

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“Organizations are looking for strategic leadership to turn today’s energy business challenges into long-term opportunities. The Executive Program for Energy Leaders from Texas Executive Education equips participants with the nuanced perspectives and decision frameworks to navigate these uncertain waters. The focus of the program is to develop sustainable growth strategies that address ever-shifting market demands using all the tools at our disposal.”

— R. Britt Freund
Faculty Director; Professor of Information, Risk, and Operations Management


This leadership program is designed with insights from world-leading experts to enable you to assess and navigate the uncertain energy landscape as an executive. It is divided into weekly modules for ease of learning. Each week’s curriculum includes a mix of faculty lectures, assignments, guest speaker, case studies, and business scenario simulations.

  • Navigating the Uncertain Energy Landscape

    • Energy Sources

    • Energy Use: Power

    • Energy Use: Transportation

    • Valuation of Energy Companies

    • Growth Strategies for Energy Companies

    • Business Models in the Energy Sector

    Identifying, Selecting, and Executing Risky Capital Projects

    • Making Quality Decisions

    • Risk and Uncertainty

    • Capital Projects

    • Evaluating Opportunities

    • Engaging with Partners, Governments, and External Stakeholders

    • Resolving Difficult Situations

    Delivering the Business Plan

    • Strategy in an Uncertain Environment

    • Leading Technical Organizations

    • Strategic Contracting

    • Partnering and Operating Worldwide

    • Blockchain, Crypto, and Data Analytics

    • AI, IoT, and Digitalization

    • Profitability and Sustainability in the Energy Industry

    • Risk Management and Decision-Making Program

    • Managing the Energy Transition

    • Leadership Communication Strategies: From Advocacy to Impact

    *Electives are subject to change.

  • Connect with peers, industry experts, and faculty at an optional two-day in-person event on the University of Texas campus in Austin.


The capstone project enables you to apply the insights you have gained throughout each core phase to address a real-life challenge your organization is facing. By the end of your learning journey, you will have crafted an actionable business case or road map for an initiative you are leading.


Faculty Member R. Britt Freund, PhD

R. Britt Freund

Faculty Director; Professor of Information, Risk, and Operations Management

R. Britt Freund has spent the bulk of his almost 30-year academic career focused on the energy industry. In addition to delivering graduate courses on project management, operations strategy, supply chain, and decision analysis around the world, Freund works extensively with firms such as ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell, Petrobras, Sinopec, CNPC, and Black & Veatch. His primary research, teaching, and consulting interests have been in the realm of project management, particularly the management of risk in large capital projects. His most recent work has focused on business risks living in the interface between commercial agreements and complex capital projects.

Faculty Member Anitesh Barua

Anitesh Barua

David Bruton Jr. Centennial Chair Professor, Department of Information, Risk, and Operations Management

Anitesh Barua received his bachelor’s in engineering from Jadavpur University in India and his M.S. and Ph.D. in information systems from Carnegie Mellon University. His research and teaching interests include unstructured data analytics, mobile apps, cryptocurrency and blockchain, open source innovation, measuring business value of information technology, analyzing strategic information technology investments, and economics of information systems.

Faculty Member Fred Beach

Fred Beach

Assistant Director, Energy and Technology Policy, UT Energy Institute

Fred Beach is responsible for conducting research and supervising studies related to the development of energy, environmental, and technology policies. Beach also teaches energy technology policy and international energy policy in the Cockrell School of Engineering, the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and The McCombs School of Business.

Faculty Member J. Eric Bickel

J. Eric Bickel

Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering (Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering)

Eric Bickel’s research interests include the theory and practice of decision analysis. His work has addressed the modeling of probabilistic dependence, value of information, scoring rules, calibration, risk preference, decision education, decision making in sports, and climate engineering as a response to climate change. He has consulted around the world in a range of industries, including oil and gas, electricity generation/transmission/delivery, energy trading and marketing, commodity and specialty chemicals, life sciences, financial services, and metals and mining.

Faculty Member Tim Curren

Tim Curren

Principal, Blue Strata Solutions

Tim Curren has over 30 years of diverse business, legal, and operational experience. He spent the first fifteen years of his career as a US Air Force pilot and corporate financial analyst for American Airlines. Subsequent to his aviation career, Curren attended law school and practiced law focusing on the formation and operation of U.S. domestic and offshore private investment funds. He has served as an adjunct professor of law at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law and has developed and delivered corporate training programs in connection with the Project Management Consortium at the University of Texas at Austin.

Faculty Member Gürcan Gülen

Gürcan Gülen

Independent Consultant and Senior Researcher, UT Austin

Gürcan Gülen is an energy economist with 25 years of international experience in policy and market research on oil, natural gas, and electric power value chains. His work also focuses on associated strategic technical assistance and customized capacity building in numerous countries. He participated in research at the Bureau of Economic Geology of the University of Texas since and is a key contributor to the Texas Executive Education programs at The McCombs School of Business.
He has been involved in developing and instructing in professional and university courses on energy value chain economics since the early 2000s, including Executive MBA courses and Executive Programs for Sinopec, CNOOC, and ExxonMobil.

Faculty Member Gaylen Paulson

Gaylen Paulson

Associate Dean, Director of Texas Executive Education

Gaylen Paulson’s research and teaching focus on how we interact strategically with people, including in negotiations, conflict management, persuasion, change, and interpersonal communication. His consulting and executive training programs have been sponsored by a wide variety of organizations, including Bayer, British Petroleum, China National Offshore Oil Corp., Petrobras, Shell, the US Air Force, US Army, the US General Services Administration, and the US Navy.

Faculty Member Michael Peterson

Michael Peterson

Assistant Professor of Instruction, Department of Management

Michael Peterson develops and teaches core/elective entrepreneurship curriculum in MBA, MSTC (flagship graduate entrepreneurship degree), and BBA degree programs. He is also the managing director of Pemberton Economic Group where he was involved in several technology and innovation assessments.

Faculty Member David Spence

David Spence

Professor in the Business, Government & Society Department

David Spence focuses his research and teaching on business–government relations and the regulation of business, particularly energy and environmental regulation. Spence has taught as a visitor at the Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment; Vanderbilt Law School; Cornell Law School; Harvard Law School; IMADEC University in Vienna, Austria; and the Bren School of the Environment at the University of California, Santa Barbara.


The Executive Program for Energy Leaders is ideal for executives in mid- to large-sized energy organizations, including:

  • Rising functional and technical leaders who want to gain a broader perspective and advance their careers in their organizations
  • Leaders aiming to launch a new initiative within their organizations
  • Executives striving to understand the latest trends, challenges, and opportunities in the energy business


  • Minimum 10 years of work experience
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • International exposure (preferred)


After you have completed the program, you will join the prestigious Texas Executive Education alumni group and earn select benefits, including:

  • A 25% discount for a Texas Executive Education open-enrollment program if you enroll within a year of completing the Executive Program for Energy Leaders
  • Access to the Texas Executive Education LinkedIn group
  • McCombs In the News, a weekly roundup of media coverage of McCombs' research, expertise, and impact
  • A University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business certificate (digital and printed) and digital badge
  • Invitations to alumni webinars



Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be awarded a certificate from the University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business.

After successful completion of this program, your digital certificate will be emailed to you in the name you used when registering for the program. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of the University of Texas at Austin.
Note: This program does not grant academic credit or a degree from The McCombs School of Business.


program fee

US$18,000 US$17,000

The fee amount is available till ,, and does not include the application fee of US$200

The program fee covers all program materials. The fee does not include accommodations for the optional two-day in-person networking event, travel expenses (domestic, international, visa fee, and more), and other expenses not specifically mentioned in the fees.


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