Governing Energy Transitions CAS-HSG

Executive training focusing on the governance of the social, technical, and economic dimensions of the energy transition!
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Programme overview

Switzerland is planning an ambitious energy transition with far-reaching consequences on the national, cantonal, and on the municipal level. As a result, leaders in the energy sector from public administration, politics, and industry are faced with significant challenges of realizing political goals, redesigning the infrastructure, adapting business models to disruptive innovations, and strategically repositioning vis-à-vis new market entrants.
The training is tailor-made for interested executives in order to develop a thorough understanding of governing the social, technical, business/economic, and regulatory dimensions of the energy transition, as well as the competencies required to apply this knowledge at the local level. The overall aim of the program is to facilitate a dialogue between a group of passionate industry experts, government officials and academics and to actively foster a GET-community.
GET is an action learning program to develop a common understanding of the challenges and opportunities arising from the Swiss energy transition. Such an approach welcomes the confrontation of controversial opinions through critical discussion. As such, GET is also a continuous learning exercise that extends beyond the classroom.

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Programme details

Programme type

CAS / Zertifikat





Number of ECTS credits



16 days

Flexible entry



individually bookable


Western and Central Switzerland


CHF 8'950

Target group

Aufsichtsrat/Verwaltungsrat, Bereichsleitende, Fachspezialist/-in, High Potential, Höhere Führungskraft, Inhaber / Gründer, Unternehmensleitung

Next date

Start date: 19.08.2024
Application deadline: 12.08.2024
places available



Your Benefit

  • Development of a thorough understanding of the challenges and opportunities arising from the Swiss Energy Transition
  • Interdisciplinary dialogue between all kinds of stakeholders (federal authorities, industry associations, regulation bodies, etc.)
  • Holistically treatment of the topic of the Energy Transition – with special attention to the social, technical, business/economic and regulatory dimensions
  • Immediate application of the course content in everyday professional life by individual impact projects
  • Establishment and intensification of networks between the participants and the speakers respectively the module hosts (flying-classroom-format)
  • Increase of the participant’s personal labor market attractiveness
  • Recognized certificate (CAS) of the University of St.Gallen with 10 ECTs

Target group

  • public administration and politics
  • utility companies and supplier industry
  • municipalities (urban and cantonal)
  • energy offices


The topic of the energy transition is treated holistically within the framework of the program. The seven course modules deal with each dimension of the so-called energy trilemma as well as with the topic of governance connecting all elements. Site visits to utility companies, Empa’s demonstrators NEST and MOVE, Europe’s largest energy trade fair E-World in Germany and the recently completed Nant de Drance pumped storage power plant complete the program.

  • Module A: Policy/Regulation at Swiss Federal Office of Energy (27.04.-28.04.2023)
  • Module B: Business models at E-World energy & water, Engie, E.ON (22.05.-26.05.2023)
  • Module C: Renewable energy and Energy efficiency at Amstein + Walthert (05.07.-07.07.2023)
  • Module D: Governance and Energy systems at Empa & University of St.Gallen (30.08.-01.09.2023)
  • Virtual days: Zoom (dates are yet to be decided)

Impact Project

  • The strong practical focus of the program is also reflected in the final examination. Within an impact project, the participants analyze – under professional guidance and critical reflection – a current challenge from their everyday professional life that is directly related to the energy transition. The topic is determined individually by the academic director and the participants. That way, what is learned is directly applied in practice. This will generate concrete added value both for the participants themselves and for their employers.


Dr. Christian Opitz • Head Competence Center Energy Management • University of St.Gallen
Prof. Dr. Karl Frauendorfer • Full Professor Operations Research • University of St.Gallen
Dr. Carina Gröner • HSG Writing Lab • University of St.Gallen
Prof. em. Dr. Matthias Finger • Full Professor Management of Network Industries • EPFL
Ronny Kaufmann • CEO • Swisspower
Laura Antonini • Deputy Head Renewable Energies • Swiss Federal Office of Energy
Christian Bach • Head Vehicle Drive Systems • Empa
Anja Burde • Head Office Management Essen • ENGIE Germany
Daniel Cabrera • Senior Energy Efficiency Researcher • University of Geneva
Dr. Jonathan Chambers • Assistant Lecturer • University of Geneva
Dr. Elizabeth Côté • Senior Researcher • University of St.Gallen
Dr. Patrick Esther • Senior Manager • E.ON SE
Dr. Anne-Kathrin Faust • Market Regulation • Swiss Federal Office of Energy
Christian Fejér • Head Commercial Innovations Energy Solutions • ENGIE Germany
Prof. Dr. Manuel Fischer • Head Research Group • Eawag
Jan Flückiger • General Secretary • Cantonal Energy Directors
Philipp Heer • NEST • Empa
Uli Huener • form. Chief Innovation Officer • EnBW
Sandra Klinke • Head Energy • Amstein + Walthert Geneva
Gianni Operto • President • aeesuisse
Prof. Dr. Martin Patel • Full Professor Energy Efficiency • University of Geneva
Dr. Michel Piot • Vice Director • Swiss Hydropower Association
Lorenz Rentsch • Senior Project Manager • Axpo Solutions
Dr. Martin Rüdisüli • Senior Research Associate • Empa
Dr. Christian Schaffner • Executive Director Energy Science Center • ETH Zurich
Michael Schmid • Head Public Affairs • Association Swiss Gas Industry
Christoph Schreyer • Head Mobility • Swiss Federal Office of Energy
Dr. Jörg Spicker • Senior Advisor • Swissgrid
Prof. Dr. Isabelle Stadelmann • Full Professor Comparative Politics • University of Bern
Harsh Vijay Singh • Program Manager Energy and Industry Transition Intelligence • World Economic Forum
Dr. Roger Wiget • Chief of Staff Business Unit Market • Swissgrid
Dr. Selin Yilmaz • Postdoctoral Researcher • University of Geneva


The GET CAS-HSG promises impressive visits to plants, facilities and companies and top-class speakers. I appreciated the lively exchange of ideas and thoughts between participants and the institute. Many thanks for the many exciting and instructive experiences.
Peter Dietiker | Business Development Solar | Romande Energie

A great and very enriching experience! A unique opportunity to interact for more than a year with professionals active in the world of energy from all types of backgrounds. with extremely varied experiences and all having the same desire to deepen their knowledge in the field of energy transition.
Nicolas Herold | Head of Site Supply Operations | Syngenta

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Why University of St.Gallen

The HSG - your partner for first-class executive education in Switzerland

At the University of St. Gallen (HSG), you can choose from one of the largest executive education portfolios in the German speaking region – the right programme for your needs and career objectives. The renowned quality and practical relevance of the learning experience convinces more than 6000 participants per year. Profit from an Executive Degree from St.Gallen – the best business school in the German-speaking world – and get ahead in your career!

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