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  • Start dates

    30 September 2024

  • Duration

    5 days

  • Programme fee

    € 6,500 (excl. 21% VAT)

  • Language


  • Format

    In person

Get an holistic, interdisciplinary and collaborative view on the complexity and dynamics of the Energy Transition. Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) and DRIFT partnered to offer you an intense, high-paced and interactive week. Gain the knowledge, skills and network to challenge your mindset, and become a change agent. Move your organisation forward and motivate your team, to successfully reach your Energy Transition goals.

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Your path to becoming a true change agent

  • One-week intense programme

    This energy transition programme immerses you in cutting-edge strategic insights from thought-leaders over five rewarding days.

  • Work in groups on complex Energy Transition challenges

    Meet and collaborate with other like-minded professionals in the energy transition sector, and help eachother overcome the challenges you face. 

  • Obtain practical and applicable tools & frameworks

    Because theory can only take you so far. From the moment your progamme begins, you will be given the tools to tackle your own organisational challenges right away. 

  • Join a community of change agents

    Experience a truly impact-driven programme that empowers you and your newfound connections to be agents of change in the energy transition sector. 

For whom

Explore if this course is for you

Your roles

  • Manager or professional in the energy industry
  • Manager or professional in an NGO or governmental institution

Your challenges

  • You feel stuck in the Energy Transition
  • Accelerating transformation with various tools and different perspectives
  • Striving to become a force for positive change in the Energy Transition

Admission requirements*

  • 5 – 10+ years of working experience
  • Decision-making power in your organisation
  • You work in a large- or medium-sized enterprise, NGO or governmental institution related to the Energy Transition

*Your application will be final once we have informed you, based on the intake call, that your application has been accepted. If you don’t meet the admission requirements, but want to deepen your understanding of innovation, we advise you to look at our Innovation Management programme instead. 

Learning goals

By participating in this programme you will gain the skills and capabilities to be an agent of change.

  • Understand and embrace the challenges of the Energy Transition.
  • Recognise and appreciate the impact of the Energy Transition on your industry, ecosystem partners and your organisation.
  • Create a clear business case and a compelling story for your own Energy Transition goals.
  • Convince your stakeholders of the benefits and necessity of the Energy Transition.
  • Advance your Energy Transition initiatives to the next level.
  • Implement impactful change within your organisation and ecosystem.
  • Apply the latest transition management tools and techniques to accelerate the Energy Transition.
  • Create and maintain a rewarding and extensive network of like-minded change agents.

Read what previous participants say about this programme

Martin Prowse

Evaluation Specialist at Independent Evaluation Unit | Green Climate Fund

“The programme surpassed my expectations with its carefully curated set of activities that stretched us and drew out how, as committed global citizens, we can contribute to the system-wide changes we need to make. This programme supports my ongoing evaluative and analytical work to steer the Green Climate Fund towards meeting the challenges of funding and designing investments for paradigm shifts and transitions across energy, building, industry and transport systems – alongside harnessing the potential of ecosystem-based approaches. 

The course encouraged all of us participants to commit to our climate values – we can all learn from each other and contribute to solving the climate crisis.”

Your expert faculty

During Leading the Energy Transition Programme you will learn from Derk Loorbach, Prof. Carla Irene Koen, Dr Steve Kennedy, Louise van Schaik and Dr Ferdinand Jaspers. Occasionally we may substitute other faculty members according to the content of the programme and their availability.

Derk Loorbach

Derk Loorbach is director of DRIFT and Professor of Socio-economic Transitions at the Faculty of Social Science, both at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Derk is one of the founders of the transition management approach as new form of governance for sustainable development. He has over one hundred publications in this area and has been involved as an action researcher in numerous transition processes with government, business, civil society and science. He is a frequently invited keynote speaker in and outside Europe.

Prof. Carla Irene Koen

Prof. Carla I. Koen is Professor of Sustainable Innovation at TIAS Business School and a visiting professor at RSM. She teaches, coaches and advises industries, governments, businesses, and funding organisations. She has worked as a researcher in Japan and Germany, and has published in national and international journals. Her PhD is in International Political Economy from the University of Warwick. 

Dr Steve Kennedy

Steve Kennedy is Associate Professor of Business Sustainability at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. His research approaches how systems and resilience thinking can help organizations to tackle grand societal challenges such as climate change and biodiversity loss. Dr Kennedy has experience collaborating with partners on sustainability in a wide variety of sectors including finance, construction, agriculture, electronics, and chemicals. His research has featured in peer-reviewed scientific journals such as Journal of Management Studies, Strategic Organization, Long Range Planning, Business & Society, Journal of Cleaner Production and Business Strategy & the Environment. 

Louise van Schaik

Louise van Schaik is Head of Unit EU & Global Affairs. She also coordinates Clingendael research in the field of climate change and sustainable development. In her research she has extensively analysed the EU’s performance in multilateral bodies, including in the fields of climate change, health and food standards. She has also published on related research areas such as EU foreign policy, EU climate change and energy policy, EU research policy, scarcity of natural resources and green growth.

Dr Ferdinand Jaspers

Ferdinand Jaspers is programme director at the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship. He teaches innovation leadership, strategy and entrepreneurship through courses, masterclasses and boot camps to help entrepreneurs move beyond lean start-up, design thinking, business modelling and effectuation. With experts from DSM and ING, Ferdinand founded the ECE Innovation Leadership executive programme. 

More information

Programme dates

30 September - 4 October 2024

Programme fee

€ 6,500 (excl. 21% VAT) including course materials, lunches, and snacks. This fee does not include hotel accommodation.


25% discount for alumni from Erasmus University Rotterdam and RSM.

A programme for your entire team

 All our short courses can also be delivered as personalised in-company training to groups of employees from the same organisation. This enables us to develop a course that focuses on your organisation’s own situation and issues.

Partners in educating the change agents of the Energy Transition

Interested in this course? Reach out to our programme advisors

Erika Kataveli

Programme advisor

It's my priority to help you identify how you can meet your professional objectives, so reach out and let's make a plan for your personal development.