UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Executive Education

Learn more about the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) Executive Education programme.

Executive Education web bannerProgramme Overview

Public sector organisations play a pivotal role in global economies and political systems. IIPP is changing how public value is imagined, practised and evaluated to tackle societal challenges. Designed specifically for senior leaders and government representatives, our Executive Education modules are created to equip you with skills and insights to build innovative, inclusive and sustainable organisations.

Our modules are based on our four research pillars: rethinking value, shaping innovation, transforming institutions and directing finance. Designed to offer strategic perspectives beyond organisational frontiers, they engage with the following topics:

  • public value and public purpose
  • grand challenges and systems change
  • transformation by design
  • creative bureaucracies


Our modules are designed to cater to specific requirements of senior leaders and decision-makers. This is reflected in content design and mode of delivery by convening topics online, maintaining a practical approach. Each module is convened across a period of 5 working days and all modules comprise of approximately 25 contact hours, including:

  • lectures, interactive seminars and break-out sessions
  • strong focus on external, expert practitioner contributions.

In addition, modules also require approximately 10 hours of asynchronous learning. Preparatory readings will also be provided. Upon successful completion you will receive a UCL IIPP Certificate of Participation outlining the details of your modules and are invited to join our international alumni network.

To learn more about our application process and fees, please view the individual module pages below. 

Please contact us to discuss which modules may be most suitable for your specific needs and professional development aspirations. 

Information sessions

Digital Transformation in Government Open Session

Date: 8 September 2022
Time: 2-3pm (BST)

Join Professor David Eaves to discuss our Digital Transformation in Government module in more detail and how to submit an application.

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Our Executive Education programme is designed through close collaboration between senior academics, researchers and PhD candidates as well as practitioners from public sector organisations such as the United Nations, City Councils, Bank of England and government advisors. Through this, our programmes provide a balanced level of academic depth as well as practical insight and relevance.

Mariana Mazzucato

Director and Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value

Mariana Mazzucato (PhD) is Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London (UCL), where she is Founding Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose (IIPP). Her current roles include being Chair of the World Health Organization's Council on the Economics of Health for All and a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisors. 

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Rainer Kattel

Deputy Director and Professor of Innovation and Public Governance

Rainer Kattel is Deputy Director and Professor of Innovation and Public Governance at the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP). Professor Kattel has also served on various public policy commissions, including the Estonian Research Council and European Science Foundation. He has worked as an expert for the OECD, UNDP and the European Commission. 

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Josh Ryan-Collins

Josh Ryan-Collins
Associate Professor in Economics and Finance
Josh is an economist with a research focus on macroeconomic policy, housing and land and sustainable finance. His has a particular interest in credit and land, two concepts that have been neglected in conventional economics but which, because of their unique properties, play a vital role in shaping the trajectory of capitalist economies.  


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Kate Roll

Kate Roll
Head of Teaching and Assistant Professor in Innovation, Development and Value 

Dr Kate Roll is a political scientist interested in vulnerability, with a particular focus on the factors that enable people to gain greater social, political and economic security. Committed to grounded research, she has conducted in-depth field research in Timor-Leste, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Kenya. Dr Roll holds a DPhil in Politics (2015) and an MPhil in International Development Studies (2011; distinction) from the University of Oxford.

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David Eaves

David Eaves
Deputy Director for Strategy and Operations and Associate Professor in Digital Governance

Previously a lecturer at Harvard Kennedy School where he teaches and writes on digital era public administration, digital transformation and the governance of digital public infrastructure, David has also co-founded Teaching Public Service in a Digital Age, which has sought to bring together faculty from around the world to co-design and share an open licensed curriculum to teach the minimum needed digital competences for future public leaders. 

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 Alumni network and testimonials 

'I really valued the opportunity to exchange thoughts and perspectives with top educators and colleagues from across the globe. Lectures were well structured and challenging. I highly recommend this programme to anyone who would like to gain new impulses and reflect on their own practice.'

Elitsa Panayotova, Coordinator - SOfia Green

This partnership for training and development unfolds in the context of people-to-people exchanges with leading institutions in the global South and the global North. The blended virtual programme will advance participants’ understanding of the role of the state in driving inclusive and sustainable growth; critically apprising global models of development and governance and taking pragmatic action to addressing core challenges of governance and government reforms.“

Busani Ngcaweni, Principal of the NSG - Executive Education Programme for South Africa's Government Officials 

Upon successful completion of any module studied as part of our Executive Education portfolio, you are invited to join the UCL IIPP International Executive Education Alumni Network


For further information and to discuss options for custom programmes, please contact: 

Moritz Ehlen MBA

Moritz Ehlen
Head of Executive Education at IIPP
Email: m.ehlen@ucl.ac.uk