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Programmes Archive 2016

Summary of previous programmes and courses run at ESA

WiSE is an EU funded programme for 3 years, to train and support women to set up business in Greece, Spain and Croatia.

WiSE consortium includes leading academic institutions ESADE University Barcelona and St Gallen University Switzerland, with European Sustainability Academy (ESA) Crete representing Greece.

WiSE consortium in Zagreb

The WiSE programme will produce a unique business management and leadership training programme which combines online learning, face to face workshops in Spain Croatia and at ESA Crete, and peer group support network.


Tomorrow’s Leaders
1st May 2015 - 31st December 2016

You are invited to be part of a ground-breaking short, intensive learning retreat for senior managers who are passionate about becoming Tomorrow’s Leaders.

New leaders for a sustainable future are people who can use emotional intelligence skills to identify creative, sustainable solutions to business challenges.

They will know how to access the full potential of their inherent creative powers to inspire others to greater achievements.They will be people who truly understand themselves and in turn understand others better.

Sustainable leadership means intuitively understanding what ‘sustainability’ really means, and how and why it is synonymous with real profitability.

This learning retreat is organised by David Dowse, Mike Ponding and Kelvin Heard and hosted by Sharon Jackson at The European Sustainability Academy (ESA).

To ensure a high level of experiential and individual learning for every participant, numbers are limited to not more than 25 per retreat.




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Leading sustainable enterprise

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Make sense of sustainability

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