Swedish Institute (SI) Global Executive Program For Executive Businesses 2024

Are you a senior executive committed to reshape the future of business and take on the sustainability challenge? Join the Swedish Institute (SI) Global Executive Programme and gain insights from Sweden’s most successful sustainability cases, business leaders and experts in the field.

In an increasingly fast-paced and interconnected world, there is a pressing need for progressive business leaders who can drive change that’s beneficial for their companies while helping solve societal challenges. Advancing sustainability and improving the quality of people’s lives has long propelled innovation in Sweden. Swedish executives, researcher and policymakers have a long history of collaborating together to cultivate transformative ideas for a more sustainable society.

The SI Global Executive Programme was created to nurture forward-thinking business executives seeking to shape a future that is not only economically resilient but socially and ecologically sustainable. It stands as a testament to Sweden’s excellence in pioneering sustainable solutions and serves as a conduit for sharing the country’s rich legacy of sustainable business practices with the rest of the world.

The SI Global Executive Programme is designed for senior executives, including CEOs and top corporate managers. The programme is tailored to help integrate sustainability into the very fabric of a business, elevating it from mere initiative to core strategic imperative. Participants are offered invaluable insights from a key forefront in the global sustainability movement.

One of the programme’s unique strengths lies in its global reach, bringing together 100 leaders from 22 countries to create a melting pot of perspectives, experience and opportunities.

The SI Global Executive Programme is scheduled to take place from May to November 2024, featuring online sessions throughout its entire duration. Additionally, there will be a one-week onsite module in Sweden. The programme includes interactive workshops, lectures and coaching, as well as meetings with representatives from various companies and organisations in Sweden. More than a series of one-way lectures, the programme is a challenging and interactive experience that requires participants to actively engage and contribute.

Designed with an understanding of the time constraints faced by top-level executives, the programme is intended to seamlessly integrate into participants’ existing responsibilities, providing practical solutions that can be readily applied within your organisation.

SI Global Executive Program

Application DeadlineMarch 12, 2024
Country to studySweden
SponsorSwedish Institute
GenderMen and Women

Benefits of SI Global Executive Program

The SI Global Executive Programme will give you the following:

  • Advanced understanding of social, ecological and economic sustainability within planetary boundaries – from a business perspective
  • Increased expertise in utilising and implementing methods for strategic business development within sustainability and the green transition – from a systemic perspective
  • Strengthened capabilities and skills to lead change and effectively manage complexity
  • Unique insights from a variety of business cases for sustainability in Sweden, which is recognised as one of the leading countries in sustainable business practices
  • Coaching by experts in the field that support your own personal development and the development of your business
  • A unique opportunity for close collaboration and exchange with colleagues at senior levels, fostering a strong and enduring global professional network
  • Opportunity to meet and connect with Swedish businesses and organisations
  • Access to the global Swedish Institute Alumni Network, which includes over 19,000 leaders dedicated to leadership and sustainability

Costs covered and arranged by the Swedish Institute:

  • All training materials online and onsite
  • Flights to and from Sweden for the Sweden week onsite experience
  • Accommodation, meals, transportation and insurance while in Sweden

Requirements for SI Global Executive Program

Applicants to the SI Global Executive Programme must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a citizen and resident of one of our programme countries: Bangladesh, Brazil. China, Colombia, Egypt, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, Nigeria, Philippines, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Türkiye, Ukraine *, or Vietnam.

Ukrainian applicants who reside outside of Ukraine are eligible to apply.

  • Have a leadership position, such as CEO or senior executive, in a medium to large company with a mandate to spearhead strategic changes throughout their business.
  • Be at least 30 years old (born 1994 at the latest).
  • Have a good working knowledge of both written and spoken English.
  • Have a completed post-secondary education (the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree or greater).
  • Be willing and able to actively participate, provide support and share their experience and knowledge with other participants.
  • Have identified business needs or problems that could be worked on during the programme to help their company improve its contribution to a more sustainable world.
  • Have access to high speed internet for interactive video meetings

An applicant’s company must also meet the following requirements:

  • Be locally owned and based in one of the programme countries.
  • Operate within industries associated with the green transition or about to make important commitments related to the green transition (e. g., industries within renewable energy, green buildings, clean transportation, water management, waste management and land management).
  • Be committed to running a business in a sustainable manner and implementing sustainable practices within the organisation.

Selection Process

Programme timeline 2024

  • Mid-February – mid-March: Open call for applications
  • Early May – mid-June: Initial online sessions
  • Late August – mid-October: Midpoint online sessions
  • October: Onsite experience in Sweden (14 – 18 October, excluding travel days)
  • November: Final online sessions

The applications will be evaluated according to the following selection criteria:

  • The relevance and quality of personal motivation, commitment, and the applicant’s answers in the application.
  • A broad assessment of the applicant’s suitable experience and qualifications.
  • The willingness and readiness of the applicant’s company to work for sustainable business, and motivation to implement new learnings and practices from the programme within the organisation.

Application Deadline

March 12, 2024

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Swedish Institute on to apply

Only applicants who have submitted a complete application (written answers to the questions and videointerview) will be considered for the programme.

These are the steps you need to go through to submit your application:

  1. Register your profile in the application portal.
  2. Select what programme you would like to apply for (SI Global Executive Programme is open for application February 12 – March 12 (23.59 CET).
  3. Answer all the questions for the different sections in the application portal (found in the left-hand menu).
  4. Upload your CV as per the instructions in the portal.
  5. After you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a confirmation to your inbox in Dream Apply.
  6. You will also receive a message to your inbox in Dream Apply with a link to record a short video. Follow the instructions in the message. It will take less than ten minutes to record the video. You will get two questions to answer within two minutes each. We ask you to make the recording in a quiet setting and, if possible, use headphones with a built-in microphone. Please note that it is mandatory to make the video recording. We wish you the best of luck

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