Fuel Freedom Foundation will provide seed capital and significant knowledge transfer to IESE Business School, the graduate business school of the University of Navarra, to create a professorial Chair in Energy, which will focus on addressing the energy knowledge gap in different regions and operate with the following mandate:
To conduct research focused on the creation of knowledge that identifies and informs on potential gaps in management and policy approaches relating to energy systems;
To create academic and executive programs as a pedagogical tool to build management capabilities and policy formulation relating to energy systems; and
To act as a repository for cutting-edge management knowledge and capabilities, and as a conduit for knowledge transferring, channeling funding, and interfacing between management, policy, and stakeholders.
This Energy Chair will be hosted and staffed by IESE within its MBA program, and its activities and work will be promoted by linking it to other research and university programs. Though the program will expand beyond one country, it will work first as a pilot with an IESE partner in Nairobi, Kenya at Strathmore University. Energy experts from within Kenya will work in conjunction with Fuel Freedom Foundation and IESE to create business school case studies based on the country and regions energy market(s), infrastructure, and governance. This will allow Strathmore and IESEs students to understand and navigate the dynamic emerging markets energy landscape and develop solutions to address its energy poverty challenges.
Fuel Freedom will also work with IESE to develop an International Energy Advisory Board, consisting of experts in the field from around the world who will contribute to the case studies and the courses taught, and help guide the research of the Energy Chair.
Over a five year planning horizon, the Energy Chair aims to achieve incremental milestones. Year One will be the setup phase for the program, beginning in October of 2015. Fuel Freedom and IESE will focus on developing case studies and technical notes, mapping a methodology, beginning the pilot research program in Kenya, and launching the first shorter curriculum that will be an elective course in its initial phase. During the second half of Year One it will also develop the International Energy Advisory Board to further develop the program.
Following the successful implementation of a program and well executed research in Kenya, Years Two through Four will serve as continued growth phases. During this time period, IESE and Fuel Freedom will develop comprehensive strategies to solutions for implementation of the program, which will grow to the MBA and executive programs as a concentration, not simply elective courses.
The program will then move beyond Kenya to other countries throughout Africa, and possibly Southeast Asia in the future. Each year there will be two new countries undertaken as pilots for the program. Year Five will be the consolidation phase for the project, with a fully completed energy curriculum, research agenda on management and policy, and a number of publications and case studies from the program.
For the first year in each school/country, the Chair aims to achieve the following specific targets: a fully designed Short Focused Program for Energy that is ready for delivery as a stand-alone course and as a half-credit course in the MBA program; completion of at least three case studies; completion report for the mapping exercise; award of the first PhD scholarship to one candidate; and a conference at IESE New York presenting the work of the Chair.
Fuel Freedom is seeking funding and financial resources to support the endowment for the Energy Chair. Fuel Freedom would also like to find institutional and corporate partners with extensive knowledge of energy markets in pilot countries, beginning with Kenya and expanding to other regions in East and West Africa. These partners could potentially serve on the International Energy Advisory Board, or assist in the development of case studies in the energy poverty topic area.
Additionally, media support to raise awareness of the work being done by IESE and Fuel Freedom would be instrumental in the programs success at fundraising.
As a partner in Fuel Freedoms Commitment, organizations and individuals will be able to participate at the ground level in the development of innovative new solutions to postgraduate-level energy education. Knowledge transfer will be shared with respective partners, who will have the opportunity to contribute to the development of the curriculum of the Chair. Partners will also receive media support.