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The Executive Fellows Program (EFP) is an intensive, three-week residential program for senior executives to develop their adaptive capacity to lead public sector organisations, providing a rare opportunity for focused learning and reflection.
The EFP is delivered in New Zealand, Australia and Singapore.
Participants will explore the latest thinking on leadership in the public and not-for-profit sector.
"The EFP has given me confidence to challenge areas where I might think that I’m a bit comfortable to see if I can get more out of myself, and more importantly, more out of those that I work with, to deliver better public value to the community."
Director, Justice Assurance and Review Office
Department of Justice and Regulation Victoria
The EFP leadership framework underpins the themes, content and teaching methods of our program, highlighting the capabilities required of a successful leader.
The framework looks at the interactive dynamics faced by public sector leaders and explores how you can better respond to competing requirements. You will analyse concepts, frameworks and techniques to discover how you can frame discussion, planning and strategic action.
In the third week of the program, you will see first-hand how Singapore approaches capacity and capability building, future planning, and the promotion of quality public services.
On completion of the Executive Fellows Program participants will have:
The EFP challenges participants while providing a unique space to develop new perspectives.
Participants’ contributions to the program are integral to its success. The EFP harnesses the knowledge and experience of participants who, as professional peers, share a common language and a commitment to public service. Throughout the program, participants are encouraged to share experiences, creating a collaborative environment that draws on the collective expertise in the room.
The Executive Fellows Program learning approach is contemporary and highly interactive featuring:
ANZSOG is renowned for its high-quality education. Our faculty includes leading national and international academics, and senior government partners.
Program Co-Directors Catherine Althaus and Robin Ryde lead the program over the three-week period. They draw on the expertise of academics from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore and the UK, as well as practitioners from the senior ranks of the government and other sectors, to create a dynamic forum in which to explore the latest ideas and thinking on leadership and public administration.
Catherine Althaus, is the Associate Dean (Academic) ANZSOG, and Associate Professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne. Catherine has a passion for creatively serving the public interest as a practitioner-academic. Her academic training is in economics and politics and public policy.
Catherine spent over eight years teaching and researching in Canada at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. Prior to that, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the Australian National University, and she held several policy posts with the Queensland Treasury department and Queensland Office of the Cabinet.
Read more about Catherine Althaus.
Robin Ryde, is a leadership and organisational development expert. He is a former chief executive officer of the UK National School of Government and former evaluation director with the UK National Audit Office. He was the youngest person to direct the UK Prime Minister’s flagship leadership development initiative, the Top Management Programme. Robin has consulted across the commercial and public sectors in the UK, the US, Australia, and in Latin America, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.
Read more about Robin Ryde.
The EFP is taught by world-renowned academics, including faculty from Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada and Warwick University in the UK, along with top practitioners from the public, not-for-profit and private sectors.
The EFP is grounded in the reality of modern public purpose sector challenges , while applying the latest thinking and academic rigor.
Presenters and participants share their experiences and insights in a dynamic environment. Our contemporary learning approach includes extensive individual and group-based reflection, real-world case studies, experiential learning and access to exceptional leaders.
The emphasis on immersive, experiential learning is a proven, effective way of enhancing leadership and strategic capacity. Participants will be challenged to rapidly make sense of unfamiliar areas, develop and propose forward-thinking strategies, and to draw out broader leadership lessons. Immersive exercises introduce an added level of complexity, and push the capabilities of participants. Participants will benefit from new expertise to leverage influence and relationships with ministers, boards, staff and stakeholders, to create public value.
Senior executives face constantly shifting priorities and must adapt their thinking to continually provide benefit to the public and not-for-profit sectors benefit and deliver value to the citizens they serve.
The EFP is modelled on leading global executive programs with a tailored focus on the needs of Australia and New Zealand. Participants will benefit from strategies, frameworks, and a global perspective, which are required to effectively lead across cultural boundaries and in an increasingly complex operating environment.
The EFP provides a rare opportunity for learning and reflection away from the office, allowing participants to build high level stakeholder engagement skills, professional networks across portfolios in a focused setting.
The benefits of the EFP extend beyond the classroom through national and international networks developed during the program.
Participants benefit from an expanded network which provides support across portfolios, jurisdictions and sectors.
The ANZSOG Alumni Program helps graduates to build on professional relationships initiated in the EFP.
"The networking opportunities the EFP gives you are priceless. If this was any other course I don’t feel I would have got the depth and the breadth of information and participation that I had on the EFP."
Divisional Manager, Audit and Risk
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade NZ
Applications for the Executive Fellows Program open in April 2018. Contact the Program Coordinator by submitting and expression of interest to start the application process.
Express your interest
Participants are chosen and sponsored by their agency and the application process varies across jurisdictions.
ANZSOG provides Commonwealth and Victorian government, and all not-for-profit, applicants with a standard application form. If you work in another jurisdiction, we'll put you in touch with the appropriate agency or public sector commission contact to coordinate your application:
If you're a part of a not-for-profit organisation, please see our Information for not-for-profit applications page.
Download EFP fact sheets and brochures here.
ANZSOG creates and delivers industry-leading educational programs tailored to meet the needs of public and not-for-profit sector leaders, who face distinct challenges.
Our programs are designed by government, for government, and led by renowned academics and top practitioners from the public, not-for-profit and private sectors.
View the EFP fact sheet for managers and sponsoring agencies (PDF)
We encourage you to nominate Maori and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Please complete the Expression of Interest form to enquire about the suitability of your candidate.
The sponsoring agency, jurisdiction or organisation pays the program costs, which includes tuition fee, program materials, accommodation, some flights and most meals.
For further information about fees, application forms and application deadlines, please complete the Expression of Interest form.
Our participants will have opportunities to apply new learnings and insights to their workplace and are encouraged to share their learnings with others.
We encourage sponsoring managers to facilitate such opportunities for participants to ‘give back’ and add further value as a result of their studies.