African Energy Leadership Centre

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We equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to meet Africa’s energy challenges

Master of Management in the field of Energy Leadership
Course Basics


12 - 18 months
Modular format

Study Mode

Full time



Academic category

Specialist degree

Programme Overview

Wits Business School launched the African Energy Leadership Centre (AELC) in 2017, the first of its kind in Africa. The AELC aims to address the issues of energy shortages in Africa as well as the skills deficit in an industry which is of vital importance to economic growth on the continent. A hub of teaching and research, the focus of the AELC is on the latest thinking and best practice in energy leadership.

The three main areas of the Africa Energy Leadership Centre are: Postgraduate and Executive Education Research & Thought Leadership Networking and Professional Development The AELC offers a specialised Master’s degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in Energy Leadership. Both programmes will provide you with a solid foundation in all aspects of energy leadership in order to make you a more confident, decisive and effective leader in this sector.

Programme Structure And Options The programme comprises three parts: nine core courses and one elective course (50%) and a research report (50%). Teaching is provided on a block release basis to accommodate the needs of busy working professionals (five blocks of nine days on campus plus home study).The programme is expected to be completed within a maximum of 24 months, including completion of the research report.

Elective Course Streams

Energy Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development in Africa

Systems Thinking and Complexity

Decarbonising Energy

Energy Market Structures

Energy Future Cities

Strategic Talent Management in Energy Environments

Core Courses

The very nature of a Master of Management qualification is that it relies on group interaction between candidates.

This foundation course provides an introduction to energy demand and supply. 

This course examines and evaluates energy supply and demand from a global perspective. 

This course equips candidates with strategic management knowledge and skills to address new and emerging technologies for extracting, transporting, transforming, and delivering energy services to customers and the resultant disruptive impacts on existing energy systems and firms. 

Energy and Environmental Sustainability

This course is concerned with the relationship between business strategy, finance and investment in the context of energy project financing structures – together with risks and enabling contracts accompanying those financial strategies both within and outside of regulated markets.

Ethics and corporate governance have become key risks in business. Large scale energy investments expose firms to a correspondingly large scale of financial risk. 

Energy markets are subject to greater levels of government intervention than most. This course provides a broad conceptualisation of the basis for economic regulation and equips candidates to work within the parameters of policy and regulation. 

This course is designed to be an intellectually demanding one which requires candidates to apply a structured approach to understanding their own behaviour and then to formulate plans to improve their own leadership performance. 

This core course introduces candidates to rigorous research methods and techniques and provides opportunities for applying these tools in the development of a research proposal.

Entry Requirements
Application Process
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I went into the MM-EL with limited knowledge of the energy field and my expectations were exceeded. I derived huge value from the programme, including being able to decipher government’s energy policies and regulations and to be able to understand the jargon used in the sector. The exposure to class content and invited guest lecturers showcased the many possibilities of employment and entrepreneurial aspects of the energy sector, and I feel fully prepared to embark on a new career.
Gcobisa Melamane
Contact Details
General Enquiries:
+27 (0)11 717 3574
Admission Enquiries:
Qawekazi Damane
Programme Enquiries:
Thabang Tsotetsi
  • WBS reserves the right to change its schedule as required.
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18 to 24 months

Study Mode

Block Release




9 Core Courses


1 Elective Course


1 Research Report