Sanford offers executive education programs for mid-career and senior-level professionals to enhance their skills.

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Programs are offered on timely topics related to policy and leadership including corporate social responsibility (CSR), project appraisal and risk management, tax analysis, and monitoring and evaluation. The programs give professionals the opportunity to learn from and share best practices with our faculty and other experienced international development practitioners from around the world, reaching professionals in more than 120 countries. Open enrollment and custom programs for organizations are available.

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Upcoming Courses


Project Appraisal and Risk Management

May 15 - June 10, 2022

The four-week Project Appraisal and Risk Management training program teaches financial, economic, stakeholder, and risk analysis and risk management through real and applied case studies, lectures and group discussions.

The workshop takes you through a flexible appraisal framework designed to handle different types of projects, from  infrastructure investments and social programs to commercial enterprises and utilities. It also covers a wide range of issues such as environmental impacts, risk management and poverty reduction. Leading experts in specialized areas are also invited to address participants. Additionally, you will work with other participants to complete a project in your own sector of interest.

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Cybersecurity Leadership Program

June 13 - 15, 2022 (For U.S. based executives)

June 15 - 17, 2022 (For foreign government officials)

The Duke Cybersecurity Leadership Program provides leaders with the tools they need to address the next generation of threats. Board members and other executives will learn how to better execute oversight responsibilities, effectively manage risk, and prepare their organizations for the latest cybersecurity challenges.

This unique program combines the expertise of Duke’s public policy school, computer science department, engineering school, and law school. The program faculty includes not only subject matter experts from Duke, but also leaders who have managed and responded to cybersecurity risks at the highest level of industry and government.

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Featured Podcast

Policy 360 with Stan Litow

Audio transcript

Beyond money — fundamentally – what role should companies play in society? Is there a way to encourage companies to be more socially responsible? In this episode of the Policy 360 podcast, Dean Judith Kelley discusses social corporate responsibility with Professor Stan Litow, author of The Challenge for Business and Society: From Risk to Reward.