Executive Programme Natural Gas Strategy

Navigating the uncertain natural gas sector for sustainable value creation. 

Highlights of the Executive Programme: Natural Gas Strategy

  • Hosted by GasConnect Austria (Week 1) and Nafta (Week 2)
  • The two-week Natural Gas Strategy Course (NGSC) module will take you a step further in focused strategic thinking, and enables you to put your company’s activities into a strategic context
  • This module provides addresses the question of how to manage uncertainties in a rapidly changing business environment, and discusses the impact of (geo)politics.
  • International case work to apply gained knowledge runs over the entire module.

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Key benefits of this Gas Strategy training

What's in it for you?

The two-week Natural Gas Strategy Course (NGSC) module will take you a step further in focused strategic thinking, and enables you to put your company’s activities into a strategic context. This module provides participants with the frameworks, tools and insights to manage uncertainty and create sustainable value for their respective companies

After this strategy training participants will be able to:

  • Understand the current forces shaping the international gas business
  • Combine the disciplines of strategic analyses with insight into gas market developments.
  • Build scenarios and develop strategic options
  • Assess strategic issues and policy impacts across the value chain
  • Translate options intro value creation and understand risk and company portfolio impact.
  • Place their company's activities in a strategic context


Which topics are addressed during this natural gas strategy training?

  • The current issues faced across the gas value chain and the range of strategic option for enhancing industries resilience in transforming energy markets.
  • Strategy development for future projections, while navigating you through uncertainty valuation and strategic optioning.
  • Geopolitics and the implications of regulatory forces on strategic positioning
  • Scenario management and planning within the energy transition.
  • International case work 


Participant's profile

At whom is the Natural Gas Strategy training course targeted?

You are a professional who operates in the energy industry or a related area, and deals with strategic issues:

  • New business development managers
  • Operational, portfolio and risk managers
  • Strategy analysts, business analysts and energy analysts
  • Professionals involved in strategy development and execution
  • Project managers and coordinators

As a result, you are a manager and professional operating in the gas industry or a related organisation and you are involved in making strategic decisions

You should:

  • Have relevant work experience in a management or staff position (dealing with issues related to the energy market)
  • You hold a position in new business development, operational, portfolio and risk management, strategy and an analytic position.
  • Master the key concepts of economics and business administration.
  • Be capable of translating theoretical knowledge into pro-active behavior.
  • Have a good command of the English language


Prof. Dr. Alexander Van de Putte is Member of the Board of The National Investment Corporation of the National Bank, Kazakhstan. His professional career includes executive positions at the Kazakhstan Development Bank, the World Economic Forum, Shell International, PricewaterhouseCoopers and McKinsey. Alexander is Professor of Strategic Foresight at IE Business School, Co-Director of the Master of Energy & Sustainability Leadership at the Graduate Institute. Previously, he was Visiting Professor of scenario planning at INSEAD and at other leading Business Schools.

Alexander is an economist and engineer by training, was a BAEF Fellow at Harvard University, holds a PhD in Strategy & Finance (London), a Doctorate in International Relations (Geneva) and a PhD in Engineering (Cambridge). His research covers strategic foresight, governance and sustainability issues.



“I registered for this course because I wanted to have a more comprehensive view of the context of the industry I am working in, and a better insight in its dynamics. I certainly got that. The course is very concentrated. The quality of the teaching staff ensured that the course succeeded in doing this, even to industry insiders. They know and understand the essentials. This helps them to recognize and concentrate on core issues in the course too. And... we found them to be highly inspiring. I also enjoyed working on the case study. To me it was a valuable practical exercise. Did the course help me in my current job? Oh, absolutely. The course expanded my overall scope and that is a big help right now.”

Wim Tichelaar
Sr. Senior Sales Manager, Gasunie Gas Transport Services B.V.

Useful information

Natural Gas Strategy Course

18 - 22 September 2017
23 - 27 October 2017
€ 9.850 (VAT, accommodation and travel expenses not included)
Week 1: Vienna, Austria/ Week 2: Bratislava, Slovakia
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The programme fee is € 9.850 (VAT, accommodation and travel expenses not included) .

Extra information

Examination: € 1.500 (VAT excluded). Examination only applicable for participants who take part in the Executive Master of Gas Business Management.


Participants of the Executive Master module: Natural Gas Strategy will receive a certificate on behalf of the University of Groningen.

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