SPE Future Leaders Academy: Leading in a Transforming World

Disciplines: Completions | Drilling and Completions | Health, Safety, Environment, and Sustainability | Management | Production and Operations | Projects, Facilities, and Construction | Reservoir

Course Description

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has meant that it is now vital to limit social contact and avoid gathering. For that reason, we have made the difficult decision to cancel The Future Leaders Academy. While we know this is disappointing, we hope you can understand the steps we are taking to help keep our staff and attendees safe. Those who have registered for the event will be notified and refunded.

Thank you for your interest in The Future Leaders Academy and for your understanding during these unprecedented times. For any questions, please contact trainingcourses@spe.org.

Are you wondering how to navigate in this VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambigious) World? Do you want to start to make sense and develop answers for yourself, and your organisation? Would you enjoy spending 3 exciting days with like-minded peers from your industry and embark in a journey of exploration, experimentation, and discovery of the emerging world trends and your own personal biases and mental models? Are you ready to sharpen your pencil for the next career challenge?

Are YOU ready for the deep dive?

If the answer is yes, then join us in this novel and very interactive programme, which will provide insights into current evolutions, but also start imagining relevant futures. You will develop perspectives of stakeholders off-site your own sphere, but very relevant for your future. How to align diverse stakeholders, negotiate win-win arrangements and build an agenda for your team, your environment and your company.

The programme combines expert input, case studies, and immersive scenarios from the E&P and other industries to embed your learning and enable you to progress to the next level of your career.

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Core Content Modules:

The programme consists of  5 core content modules that utilise a number of different learning methodologies to provide practical and immediately applicable skills.

  • Making sense in and of the VUCA world
  • Engaging stakeholders
  • The impact of digital on the modern corporation
  • Leading and managing your environment
  • Developing insights about yourself

The program will deliver:

  • New insight into how you can successfully navigate the transition from being an individual contributor to being a project or people leader
  • Learning around the competencies, behaviours, and work values that will help you become an effective leader more quickly
  • A practical skill set that you will be able to apply immediately as well as throughout the next phase of your career
  • The opportunity to informally benchmark your approach and what’s going on in your company with how things are done in other organisations
  • Fresh inspiration for the opportunity you have to contribute to the success of your organisation and the wider industry
  • Building a strong network of colleagues from other companies

Learning Level


Course Length

3 Days

Why Attend

For many E&P professionals, developing the expertise to successfully move into and perform in a leadership role is difficult. The technical skills that got you the job aren’t the same skills you need to move up, particularly in a constantly transforming world. Making sense of our VUCA world is becoming ever more important.

The SPE Future Leaders Academy has been designed specifically to help you learn the necessary competencies to progress your career. The programme delivers immediately useful information in an E&P work setting that will equip you with the necessary tools to:

  • Navigate effeciently and be comfortable leading in the ever faster changing world
  • Learn how to adapt your approach when needed
  • Develop the proficiency required to act as a leader in a multi-disciplinary environment and influence others when you don’t have formal authority
  • Learn how to present your ideas most effectively to key stakeholders 
  • Understand how successful people develop themselves and leverage networks
  • Prepare yourself for the challenges you face in developing your career

Who Attends

The SPE Future Leaders Academy is designed for oil and gas industry professionals who are ready to make, in the process of making, or have recently made, the transition to a leadership role. 

While developing the skills of sensemaking and developing answers to ever emerging issues, the journey will supplement your technical skills and prepare you for the next stages of your career.

Special Requirements

Prior to attending the SPE Future Leaders Academy, delegates will receive the following pre-work pieces.

  • A 45–60 minute webinar (the Intellectual Curiosity Webinar) will be held with the participants 3 weeks before the programme starts—setting the scene, describing the pre-work in more detail, and allowing for Q&A by the participants.
  • All participants will complete the Equilibria online Questionnaire at least 2 weeks before the programme commences.
  • There will be some post programme engagement in order to see how the participants actually use and work with the skills and tools acquired and developed through the programme.
  • Overview of the E&P scenario to be used in the programme


2.4 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be awarded for this 3-day seminar. 

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14-day window will not be refunded. Refunds will not be given due to no show situations.

Training sessions attached to SPE conferences and workshops follow the cancellation policies stated on the event information page. Please check that page for specific cancellation information.

SPE reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule courses at will. Notification of changes will be made as quickly as possible; please keep this in mind when arranging travel, as SPE is not responsible for any fees charged for cancelling or changing travel arrangements.

We reserve the right to substitute course instructors as necessary.



Edward Buckingham is Professor of Management and Director of Engagement at Monash Business School. A keen proponent of Industry engagement, as a means to enhance the University’s value proposition, he facilitates joint initiatives between the business school and its stakeholders to advance learning and research. Teaching Business Models & Strategy on both the MBA and Global Executive MBA programs at Monash are amongst his favourite activities.

He graduated with a BSc in Materials Science and a BA (Hons) in Indonesian Literature from Monash University and was Monash University’s first undergraduate exchange student to Indonesia. Edward continued with post graduate studies in China at the Johns Hopkins Nanjing Centre. He also holds an MBA from INSEAD and his PhD, from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, was an ethnographic study of organisational boundaries and business strategy in Indonesia.

Jens Meyer

Jens Meyer’s teaching and development focusses on innovation and change. His approach is to explore industrial or managerial beliefs, reveal dysfunctional aspects, and proposes means and measures to overcome them.

He is the dean of programmes at CEDEP and adjunct professor at INSEAD, and holds appointments at other academic institutions such as the University of Applied Science of Worms (Fachhochschule Worms).

Jens graduated with an MBA in Innovation, Strategy and Information Technology in 1992 from the French Business School Theseus at Sophia Antipolis. He then went to INSEAD, Fontainebleau, where he co-founded the Centre for Advanced Learning Technologies.

He has developed and taught courses on a variety of subjects including cyber-entrepreneurship (entrepreneurial innovation in the context of business start-ups), business intelligence, fair process and change management, blue ocean strategy and value innovation. He has lectured and presented in executive programmes and gatherings throughout Europe and the US for more than 50 groups and clients over the last 10 years.

Jens is a co-founder of Strategy Regeneration Limited, a company based in Dublin, Ireland which designs and delivers project coaching and facilitation to a broad range of businesses and functions; the Strategy Regeneration offer has been in the market for over two years.