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INCAE - UNITAR Executive Diploma in Business Leadership and International Affairs

Costa Rica
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About the Programme

In an increasingly interconnected and globalized world, leaders across all sectors need to work together and speak the same language to solve complex challenges at the international, regional, national and/or sub-national level.

It is against this backdrop that the Executive Diploma in Business Leadership and International Affairs delivered by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and INCAE Business School holds great significance. This programme will not only provide you with an in-depth understanding of the current international political and socio-economic landscape but it will also equip you with the required soft skills for a successful international career whether it is in the public, private or non-profit sector.

The Executive Diploma in Business Leadership and International Affairs will also allow students to build a powerful network and have an impact on transforming lives, sectors, and countries.


Divided into 3 modules, the programme offers a comprehensive blend of methodologies:

Module 1 (11 October 2021 - 21 November 2021) takes place entirely online, for you to learn from the comfort of your own home, with your own autonomous schedule.

Module 2 (13 December 2021 - 17 December 2021) takes place in San Jose, Costa Rica, where you will learn with the leading business school in Latin America.

Module 3 (28 February 2022 - 4 March 2022) takes place in Geneva, Switzerland over five days, at the heart of the United Nations system.

Learning Objectives

  • To prepare leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors of international affairs to lead transformational initiatives.
  • To develop the capabilities to perform successfully in international settings requiring leadership, negotiation, and public speaking skills.
  • To provide an understanding of the international economic and sociopolitical landscape and the skills necessary to advance development agendas.

Application Requirements

Applicants to the Executive Diploma in Business Leadership and International Affairs must:

  • Have full proficiency in English

  • Have at least 3 (three) years of professional experience.

Applications must be sent before Monday 4 October 2021.

Target Audience

The programme is targeted at leaders in the public, private and non-profit sectors. This includes, but is not limited to staff of international, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, diplomats, government officials and private sector professionals, with a minimum of 3 years of responsible professional experience.

Fee information

The tuition fee for this diploma stands at 9,000 USD. The fee covers three programmatic modules, including online learning as well as face-to-face courses in first in San José, Costa Rica, and later on in Geneva, Switzerland.

How to Register

Application for the Executive Diploma in Business Leadership and International Affairs can be submitted here.

For any further information, please visit the programme website, or contact