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    Executive Certificate: This program is a core program in the Public Leadership and Economic Development concentrations. This program can also be used as a third program for any concentration in the Executive Certificate series.
    Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs): This program aligns with one or more Executive Core Qualifications.
    Program Fee: The program fee includes tuition, housing, curricular materials, and most meals.

Program Overview

The world is rapidly transitioning to a lower carbon economy, creating vast opportunities in “green growth.” New industries, markets, and technologies are emerging, charting new paths to prosperity for those who act.

Energy is a vital component of any business. Changes in energy costs and sources will reshape economic opportunity, opening new doors for some while posing threats to others. To seize the opportunity, government officials, economic policymakers, investors, and industry experts must act now to create winning strategies for green growth. 

Leading Green Growth: Economic Strategies for a Low-Carbon World is a one-week on-campus executive education program developed by Harvard Kennedy School faculty. Under the direction of faculty chairs Ricardo Hausmann and Daniel Schrag, you will gain a foundational understanding of decarbonization and its economic impact. You will also acquire the essential tools and knowledge to anticipate new trends, remain competitive, and achieve prosperity in a low-carbon future.

Program Curriculum

In Leading Green Growth, you will gather with peers from around the world to analyze what the global energy transition to a low-carbon future means for you. This one-week on-campus program will discuss the emerging green technologies that are reshaping the economic landscape. The program examines the key drivers of project success in green growth including how to lower capital costs and fund a green growth agenda.

Learning Objectives

Faculty chairs Ricardo Hausmann and Daniel Schrag designed Leading Green Growth specifically to help you:

  • Get the latest insights into the future of the green economy
  • Understand the critical technologies behind green energy—and how they are relevant to you 
  • Envision how decarbonization will transform your competitive landscape
  • Determine opportunities and risks in green growth
  • Diagnose key factors for project success that have informed recent green investment trends
  • Identify your own local green growth opportunities
  • Learn breakthrough insights into the nature of economic growth in a low-carbon world
  • Implement a growth strategy

Application Information

Immerse yourself with a cohort of fellow green growth leaders on Harvard’s historic campus. View the draft program schedule. Note that module titles, speakers, and sequence may change. 

What Participants are Saying

"This course was the most meaningful and challenging piece of professional development I have ever undertaken. It fundamentally changed the way I view economic development and has had a profound impact on my approach to policy-making.”

Jessica Shaw, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier and Minister for State and Industry Development, Jobs and Trade; Government of Western Australia; Member of Legislative Assembly for Swan Hills
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Hear from the Faculty Chairs

Faculty co-chairs Ricardo Hausmann and Daniel Schrag discuss the Leading Green Growth executive program in this brief video.

Faculty & Research

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Ricardo Hausmann

Rafik Hariri Professor of the Practice of International Political Economy
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Daniel Schrag

Professor of Public Policy, HKS; Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology and Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, FAS

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Joseph Aldy

Teresa and John Heinz Professor of the Practice of Environmental Policy
George Baker

George Baker

Visiting Lecturer on Environmental Science and Public Policy, Harvard Business School

Dani Rodrik Photo

Dani Rodrik

Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy
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