Leadership in Commodity Trade and Supply Networks

Executive programme

Leadership in Commodity Trade and Supply Networks is a unique international executive programme. It is the only programme that will take you to three continents, and is designed for the business and with the business. It is interdisciplinary in scope, and focuses on interactive and reflexive learning in developing leadership skills and strategic thinking. Erasmus University Rotterdam produces the programme in partnership with the International Trading Institute of the Singapore Management University and the J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities at the University of Colorado Denver Business School. 

Navigate the Future

The commodity trading industry faces a range of global challenges, such as increased market volatility and geopolitical uncertainties that affect its business and risk environment. The industry needs a new generation of business leaders that can navigate their company through times of uncertainty and transition. It requires courage, moral compass and awareness of cultural sensitivities, as well as deep strategic thought on how key forces are shaping the world of trade. The programme is theoretically informed but interactive, hands-on and with real world cases, to provide true learning experience across 3 continents. You will look at your company, the industry and the business environment from four strategic perspectives: geopolitics, sustainability, risk & compliance, and technology & Innovation. The leadership perspectives will allow you to reflect upon inter-cultural aspects, ethics and the importance of courage required to drive change. The course is presented by industry practitioners, business leaders and experts, as well as faculty and academics from Erasmus University and other business schools.

Key Benefits

On completion of the programme, you will have developed strategic thought leadership to navigate your company through times of uncertainty and transition. You will be awarded certificates from 3 leading business schools located in 3 major continental commodity hubs, and will have built networks that last for a lifetime.   

During the programme, you will:

  • UNDERSTAND how major forces are reshaping the world of trade at a global level;   
  • APPLY insights into how these forces impact commodity markets and your value chain partners within the 3 major commodity product groups (energy, agri/soft, metals/minerals);
  • REFLECT upon business practices and transfer insights to your personal leadership development and to that of your company.
The programme will allow for our high potentials to enhance and deepen their understanding of all aspects of commodity trading, bring the outside in, and develop capabilities to cope with a rapidly changing business environment. Erasmus University is the right answer to fulfil our mission, helping the world thrive, by investing in thought leadership and building partnerships globally.

Who is it for?

This programme is aimed at young devoted professionals working in trading and shipping physical commodities, or affiliated industries.

It is particularly suited to professionals with 5 or more years of work experience. This includes individuals on the way to C-level and middle managers working in the trading, procurement, supply chain, logistics, finance or risk departments. Familiarity with multinational trading operations and risks in physical commodities is required.

Key facts


  • 17-19 April 2024 in Rotterdam  


  • 22-26 April 2024 in Rotterdam

North America

  • 10-14 June 2024 in Denver 


  • 7-11 October 2024 in Singapore


  • Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Singapore Management University
  • J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities at the University of Colorado Denver Business School

12-24 participants

Send an email to commoditytrade@ese.eur.nl .You will be invited for a conversation and we will take you through the admission/registration process, which will include:

  • a motivation letter (max. 500 words)
  • a CV
  • personal interview

Full Fee 

  • € 24,975 (0% VAT)

Second participant from the same company 

  • € 20,975 (0% VAT)

Price in Euro fixed (no exchange rates). Price includes personal assessment, course material, lunch, coffee/tea, snacks. Hotel stay and travel are not included in the fee (General Terms & Conditions 2024).


Reinette Sluijk, programma manager Executive Programme Leadership in Commodity Trade and Supply Networks

Reinette Sluijk

Programme manager

tel:+31 (0)10 408 9538

To INQUIRE or REGISTER for the programme please send an email to commoditytrade@ese.eur.nl. We will get in contact with you and guide you through the registration process.

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