CAS Trade Development and Finance

This programme is tailored for professionals interested in and/or already working in the field of trade policy, trade development, or trade finance.
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CAS Trade Development and Finance
CAS / Certificate
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Programme overview

Trade development propels economic growth and trade finance serves as the lifeblood of international trade. This programme is tailored for professionals interested in and/or already working in the field of trade policy, trade development, or trade finance. It will equip you with necessary skills in the areas of trade policy and economics, trade finance and risk management, as well as strategy, innovation and sustainability.

Next step

Are you interested in this programme? Download our brochure to find out if this executive education fits you and your career planning:

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Learn more about the programme in a personal conversation.

Dominique Cowan

Dominique Cowan Executive Assistant

Programme details

Programme type

CAS / Certificate


Presence and online



Number of ECTS credits



9 months, 10 days on-campus attendance time + 7 days online/virtual + 16 days self-study


St.Gallen, Switzerland and online/virtual


CHF 9'900

Target group

Functional Manager, Functional Specialist, High Potential, Senior Manager

Next date

Start date: 13.05.2024
places available


Your Benefit

  • Develop trade development and trade finance strategies to become a thought leader in the global economy.
  • Lead change processes in trade policy, development and finance, and be capable of advancing sustainable solutions.
  • Understand the complex dynamics of global trade in times of poly-crises.
  • Learn from leading academics and experienced practitioners in a truly international environment.
  • Boost your career in multilateral organisations, governments, trade promotion agencies, public finance institutions, commercial banks or export-driven firms.
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This Executive Education programme lasts 9 months and includes:

2 on-campus modules in St.Gallen (Switzerland)

  • Trade Policy, Economics and Finance
  • Risk Management, Strategic Management and Innovation


3 online/virtual modules

  • Trade and Sustainability
  • Global Supply Chain and Trade Digitization
  • International Business in the Global Context


Programme Structure

This module will be on-site at the University of St.Gallen.
A one-day visit to Zurich, the financial capital of Switzerland, and some of its institutions will be part of the programme.
In addition to basic skills, team building and awareness for the challenges of modern trade will be an important part of this module.

This module will take place online. Sustainability is understood in the sense of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), meaning that it is a triangle of ecological, social, and economic sustainability. Linking both theory and practice of international trade with that of sustainability. Participants gain an understanding of the multi-dimensional nature of trade, climate action, and social issues, developing expertise in the design and implementation of sustainable strategies and policies in trade.

This module will take place online. The module focuses on global supply chains and, in particular, the development of supplier relationships, operations improvement and outsourcing. It also looks at cross-border trade digitization, as well as international business in the global context. Exploring how key disruptive technologies transform the way supply chains operate and compete in the future, and how to meet those challenges. The module also provides an understanding of the trade digitisation practices, technologies and skills gaps in internationally-oriented organisations.

This module will take place online. Providing participants with an understanding of major issues that businesses are confronted with when operating in global markets. The module is devoted to theoretical and practical aspects of the international business environment associated with different types of risks and entry barriers faced by both small and medium sized enterprises and multinational.

This final module will take place at the University of St.Gallen.

The CAS is conferred at a degree ceremony held at the University of St.Gallen.



Learning Approach

This executive education programme focusing on trade development and finance is driven by an inclusive approach, applying contemporary teaching models and an innovative learning experience. Through a combination of academic lectures, practical case studies with policy and industry leaders, participant group discussions and hands-on workshops, this CAS optimally prepares you for future careers in policymaking, strategy, business development, finance and risk management.

The CAS-HSG will allow you to demonstrate deep conceptual understanding in trade policy, trade development and trade finance. You will be able to work effectively in international and interdisciplinary teams across different cultures. Graduates of the University St.Gallen create impact through insight: The aim of this executive education programme is to enable participants to solve complex real-world problems with critical thinking, academic rigour and creative solutions.

This blended programme offers the best of both worlds: Face-to-face modules allow you to meet lecturers and participants in person. You will enjoy the unique University of St.Gallen experience in person, joining a worldwide community of trade development and trade finance practitioners.

The one-day visit to Switzerland’s financial capital Zurich and most relevant trade institutions are a key component of the CAS-HSG in Trade Development and Finance.
Furthermore, several online modules tailor learning around your commitments
such as employment and caring for your family. The HSG virtual learning environment means participants can work where and when it suits them.

Professional mentoring is also part of our learning approach. If applicable, we match participants with a professional mentor. Mentors are guest lecturers and other individuals from governments, development banks, trade promotion entities and the corporate sector, giving time and knowledge to support you.


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Guest Lecturers

In addition to the University of St.Gallen Faculty, leading practitioners from the trade development and trade finance universes will help participants to grow in their practice area. Guest lecturers include, for example:

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Do you require further information?

I am gladly available for you and look forward to hearing from you.

Dominique Cowan

Dominique Cowan Executive Assistant

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!

  • For high-quality teaching and executive training by top researchers

  • For competent executives

  • For Lifelong Learning

  • For international collaborations

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