World Energy Academy


The World Energy Academy is the capacity building programme by the World Energy Council that informs and prepares global energy leaders to successfully manage the energy transition and build a sustainable energy future.


“The knowledge I have obtained allows one to approach energy-related issues with up-to-date and high-quality information. As a professional who needs to be properly informed on this subject, this is very important.” – Luis Biana, Business Unit Manager, Brenntag Argentina SA

Designed and delivered at national level, World Energy Academy courses provide energy professionals with a clear understanding of global energy systems, and critical issues impacting their decisions. The programme is built to complement technical postgraduate university courses, offering energy professionals the opportunity to develop their own strategic understanding of the challenges and opportunities in the energy sector from global, regional and national perspectives.

For further information, contact: Florence Mazzone, Senior Manager Platforms & Academy

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What does the Academy course include?


A regularly updated backbone syllabus of ten energy modules based on the Council’s strategic research on energy dynamics, policies, technologies and resources ensures the consistency, quality and relevance of the course.

Coordinated and delivered by the national member committees of the World Energy Council in their local language, each academy course is adapted to both reflect a country’s energy reality and to provide the regional and global context.

At the end of the course, students are evaluated on their mastering of the concepts taught. Students who pass this examination receive an official certificate from the national member committee of the course to prove they have successfully completed the course.


Who is the Academy for?

The course is directed to a broad audience of students and professionals who are looking to deepen their understanding of local, regional and global energy issues. The diversity of the group allows for richer discussions and experience sharing among students and among the members of the energy community. Courses typically do not have an age limit and gather students from a wide range of backgrounds.

If you are interested in taking an Academy course and joining a community of educated energy leaders, please contact Cristina Morales, Head of the World Energy Academy.
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Who teaches in the Academy?

The Academy lecturers are high level speakers coming from diverse backgrounds in order to give a strategic and global perspective on the energy sector. The diverse background of the Academy speakers highlights the importance of public-private sector dialogue to develop sustainable energy policies. Most lectures are selected for being professionals with direct experience of the global and national energy realities.



If you are interested to apply to become a World Energy Academy lecturer and bring your expertise to students across the world, please complete this form.

Some of our lecturers include:

José Antonio Vargas  is the World Energy Council’s Vice Chair for the Latin America & Caribbean region and also serves as Chairman of the Colombian Committee of the Council. Since 2006 he has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of Electricity Distribution Company CODENSA and of Electricity Generation Company Emgesa, subsidiary firms of Enel-Endesa in Colombia.

Dr Vargas Lleras has been Chairman of the Energy Commission for Regional Integration (CIER) and has held several managerial positions in many companies in the Colombian electric sector including the post of CEO of the Bogota Power Company. Professionally trained as a lawyer, and also a university professor, he has served as an Ambassador to the European Union and the Permanent Representative of Colombia to the World Customs Organisation.


Claudia Cronenbold is the Chair of the Board of the Bolivian Chamber of Hydrocarbons & Energy. From 2011 to 2014 she held the position of General Manager of a transportation company, Transierra, responsible for delivering nearby 60% of the Bolivian gas production to Brazil. In this period she issued one of the biggest bonus emissions (US$ 135 million) in the Bolivian Trade market and the company also doubled its compressions capacity. From 2009 to 2011 she was the Corporate Director in Petrobras Colombia responsible for the Strategic Planning, portfolio decisions and all the back offices functions of the firm. In this period she faced a strategic refocus restructuring the portfolio of the company. From 2004 to 2009 she was accountable for the portfolio decisions and business evaluations in the Petrobras International Area. The portfolio had projects in twenty seven countries and throughout the hydrocarbon chain: upstream, downstream, gas and energy.

She is Alumni of the Harvard Business School and has studied Industrial Engineering in the Public University Gabriel Rene Moreno; has an MBA in Management of International Business in the IBEMEC, Brazil and also did the Leadership Development in Harvard Business School.


Juan José Carrasco is the current Executive Director of the Comisión de Integración Energética Regional (CIER, Regional Energy Integration Commission).

He worked for 25 years in the Administración Nacional de Usinas y Trasmisiones Eléctricas (UTE, National Administration of Power Plants and Electrical Transmissions), Uruguay’s government-owned power company, where he held management positions until February 2012.

Among other responsibilities, Carrasco was vice-manager of network management, manager of distribution management and lead teams that developed systems for incident management, work management, planning, SCADA and geographical.

Carrasco participated in the change process and commercial distribution project and implemented the Smartgrid line, boosting guidelines for demand management and electric transport in UTE.



Which countries are running the Academy?

The World Energy Academy is currently run by our national member committees in six countries across two continents. Argentina was the first country to develop a World Energy Academy in 2014 and since then the Academy has been expanding its network quickly with 2 new countries joining each year. Some national Academies offer students the opportunity to participate virtually, meaning that participants can join remotely via a virtual platform and attend the course without requiring physical presence in that country.

Currently the Academy is running in the following countries:



Estonia has been running the Academy since 2016. The course is taught in Estonian and students attend physical classes in the Tallin University. The course lasts 10 weeks with one session each week.

For more information on the Estonian Academy, contact the Estonian member committee.


Italy has been running the Academy since 2016. The course is taught in Italian and students attend physical classes in the headquarters of the Edison company in Rome. The course takes place over one week; classes are scheduled every morning until noon. Lunch is included in the course and over lunch a lecturer shares their experiences related to a topic given in the class.

For more information on the Italian Academy visit their website.

Latin America


Argentina was the first country to start a World Energy Academy in 2014. The course is taught in Spanish and students can either attend physical classes in Buenos Aires or join remotely via a virtual platform. The course lasts 4 months with two sessions taking place each week.

The Argentinian Academy has the most active alumni community; they have different work-streams and one of them recently contributed to the development of the official Argentinian National Energy Efficiency roadmap policy.

For more information on the Argentinian Academy visit their website.


Bolivia has been running the Academy since 2015. The course is taught in Spanish and all classes take place remotely via a virtual platform and in partnership with the Argentine course. The course lasts 4 months with one session each week, except for once a month where there are two sessions in the week.

For more information on the Bolivian Academy, contact the Bolivian member committee.


Colombia has been running the Academy since 2015. The course is taught in Spanish and students attend the classes remotely via a virtual platform. The course lasts 3 months with one session each week. The Colombian Academy also organises three to four excursions per course to take students to different cities and offer them the opportunity to learn and experience their national energy reality on the ground and have concrete, tangible impact.

The Colombian Academy actively works with the country’s high authority of public services and the final papers submitted by students are actively used to develop better public policy and control activities in the energy sector.

For more information on the Colombian Academy visit their website.


Mexico has been running the Academy since 2015. The course is taught in Spanish and currently all classes take place in the SENER CECAL, Mexico City. The Academy is looking to provide online classes in the near future. The course lasts 5 months with one session each week.

For more information on the Mexican Academy visit their website.




In addition to the current countries who have developed an Academy, the Academy will be coming soon to the following countries:



Ghana is looking to launch their Academy in August 2017. For more information on the Ghanaian Academy, please contact the Ghanaian member committee.


For more information on the Kenyan Academy, please contact the Kenyan member committee.


For more information on the Namibian Academy, please contact the Namibian member committee.


Nigeria is looking to launch their Academy in October-December 2017 and classes will take place in Energy Research centres under the Energy commission.

For more information on the Nigerian Academy, please contact the Nigerian member committee.



For more information on the French Academy, please contact the French member committee.


For more information on the Latvian Academy, please contact the Latvian member committee.


For more information on the Portuguese Academy, please contact the Portuguese member committee.

Latin America


Brazil will launch its Academy in October 2017 and classes will take place via a virtual platform.

For more information on the Brazilian Academy, please contact the Brazilian member committee.


For more information on the Ecuadorian Academy, please contact the Ecuadorian member committee.