China Executive Leadership Development Programme

The purpose of the China Executive Leadership Development Programme is to develop world-class leaders and foster real economic growth and shared prosperity between China, the BRICS countries, and the world.

The programme combines robust academic rigour with practical networking and business development opportunities.

Participants are exposed to applied learning by using innovative simulation techniques, master classes and sector level market intelligence. This is coupled with exposure to ‘Giants of Industry’, focused networking opportunities and commercial matching to sector-level opportunities.

The programme is designed for leaders and executives in the private, public sector and state-owned enterprises, or for entrepreneurs wishing to expand their businesses internationally. The programme provides a truly global and life-changing experience, inspires and energises participants, and develops Emotional (EQ) and Spiritual (SQ) intelligence.


The programme comprises of five days of learning, visiting leading companies, networking and business matchmaking, and sensory adventures. Participants will travel to Shanghai, the commercial capital of China. A series of master classes delivered by specialist experts, and top business and government leaders will offer adult-based experiential and interactive teaching and learning methodology.
Delegates will explore concrete business development opportunities between BRICS countries. Study tours, visits to top companies, and networking events will promote the development of relationships and inspire trust among the programme delegates.


The programme offers a great opportunity for delegates to network locally and globally, and to develop mutually beneficial business and influential relationships that will endure beyond the programme completion. The programme will also include cultural, team-building and sightseeing activities.

The primary learning focus will be in the following areas:

  • Overview of the economy, history, culture and legal systems of China
  • Opportunities and challenges of doing business in China and BRICS countries
  • Purpose-driven leadership, emotional (EQ) and spiritual (SQ) intelligences
  • International management: success and failure factors
  • Entrepreneurship, innovation, creativity and imagination
  • Digital economy, artificial intelligence, robotics, virtual reality, machine learning, IoT (Internet of things), and Big Data


The WOW Experience  

The ‘WOW’ experience is a truly inspirational, fun and life-changing learning experience created by engaging cognitive, sensory, emotional and spiritual intelligences.

Traditional executive educational programmes provide a solid theoretical foundation with some practical exposure to organisational complexity.

The “WOW experience” pushes conventional boundaries! WOW goes beyond a traditional learning theory.

The WOW experience is about:

  • Future learning by applying high-tech high-touch teaching and learning methodologies
  • Learning by engaging the best
  • Fun sensory experiences, which promote holistic learning and development
  • Developing purpose driven, socially and environmentally conscious, global leaders



Future Learning

This unique concept focuses on ‘powering’ leaders to build on their inherent strengths and systematically address potential deficiencies. Our ‘Future Learning’ approach applies high-tech high-touch teaching and learning methodologies, in international state-of-the-art learning labs with simulations.

Engaging the Best

High performing enterprises and leaders often buck conventional business trends and models. ‘Engaging the Best’ is an opportunity to learn from the best! It is an opportunity to visit the most advanced companies and global leaders in specific sectors, network at the highest levels and attend master classes.

Ambassador Gate

This first-of-its-kind initiative brings government closer to business to drive economic development. Participants will benefit from economic policy insights, strategic growth trajectories, market intelligence, business matchmaking, trade incentives, and interaction with local companies. ‘Ambassador Gate’ is a gateway to business development, trade and investment in partnership with local embassies.

Sensory Adventures

Successful global leaders are those who transcend local boundaries to experience other cultures, tastes and lifestyles. ‘Sensory Adventures’ is a customised package of adventures and experiences aligned to our holistic development philosophy of developing cognitive, emotional, spiritual and physical intelligences. Sensory experiences will draw on unique offerings in the given countries and may include an array of sightseeing, culinary, cultural, sport, arts, and adrenaline-rush teambuilding activities.


Who should attend?

The BELD programme is designed for leaders and executives in the private and public sector organisations, or for entrepreneurs wishing to expand their businesses internationally.

The programme will be of interest to delegates from the following sectors: financial services, engineering, IT, manufacturing, public service, technology, mining, manufacturing, construction, defence, energy, health, and education. There is no formal academic qualification requirement to enter the programme.

Potential delegates should be able to demonstrate relevant work experience and personal and professional achievements, which will make them effective peer group contributors.



BRICS Business Opportunities – A Compelling Investment Case

The joint contribution of the BRICS countries to the world’s economy was 23.6% in 2017 and is expected to rise to about 27% by 2022. In 2018 about 41% of the world’s population is from the BRICS countries.

These statistics indicate that the BRICS countries are reaching a significant demographic and economic critical mass. There are however, significant differences in economic development and the rates on economic convergence between the BRICS countries. A clear understanding of the market dynamics and economic growth levers is imperative for global entrepreneurs.

BELD will empower participants to interpret available market intelligence; meet with market leaders in the given countries, and explore mutually beneficial commercial opportunities and investments.  Below is a high-level summary of the competitive and comparative advantages of the BRICS member nations.

China has historically promoted the manufacturing industry to drive economic growth. This was supported by aggressive export incentive polices. Over the past decade, China has become the world’s largest and fastest-growing source of entrepreneurial start-ups, supported by extensive e-commerce. The BELD programme will explore growing trends in the Chinese economy to maximise international trade and collaboration.


Low-cost skilled labour, innovations in technology and low IT infrastructural costs have fuelled the IT sector in India. The country is surging ahead in its quest for excellence in innovation, the creation of value-based pricing models, and by designing new technologies. India has emerged as the fastest growing economy in the world, growing at 6.8%. The BELD programme will expose participants to the insights and forward planning strategies of IT captains of industry.

An abundance of natural resources and innovative social policies have helped lift Brazilians from poverty. While the production of oil and soya beans has been the benchmark of the Brazilian economy, significant progress has been made in sustainability. They are world leaders in green plastics, renewable plantations, etc. The BELD programme will assess opportunities within a challenging economic environment with market intelligence to identify new growth sectors

Russia is well-positioned for economic growth, given its high education levels coupled with an abundance of natural resources (natural gas, oil, metals, minerals, lumber, etc.) However, the fall in commodity prices in recent years have has had a negative impact on the economic outlook for Russia. The BELD programme will explore opportunities for growth within an evolving landscape, underpinning new industries (beneficiation, software outsourcing destination, arms and nuclear energy.)


South Africa
 Natural resources have been the foundation of economic development in South Africa. Traditional industries focusing on mining, agriculture, tourism and financial services have flourished in South Africa. Will government’s policies on economic growth and industrialisation drive the creation of new industries in the ‘green sector’ and mineral beneficiation? The BELD programme looks at emerging trends in industrial growth in SA and at the market for foreign direct investment.


The programme fee is R149 000* + VAT ($12 900 USD). This fee includes the following:

* Economy class flights to Shanghai

* 5-star accommodation and meals

* Master classes, seminars and company visits

* Networking functions, business match-making activities, excursions and sightseeing An upgrade to Business Class is possible at an additional cost.

*You can also choose our BELD Programme where you can attend the programme in the other four BRICS countries, at an additional cost of R341 000 + VAT ($29 600 USD).