Execed : getting into the renewable energy business in Morocco

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Jean-Michel Gauthier, executive director of the Energy and Finance Chair at HEC Paris 

“This six-month program, which combines classroom and remote learning offers a way for young managers, engineers, and start-up creators to acquire dual expertise in engineering and entrepreneurship in the renewable energy and energy transition sectors. 

The course came about through a partnership between HEC Execed, which deals with the business aspects, the École polytechnique Paris, which is in charge of scientific teaching, and the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University of Benguérir, which provides its ultra-modern infrastructure. 

The program is the result of a project that I have been working on for a long time with Professor Bernard Drévillon, laboratory director at the École polytechnique and an expert in photovoltaic applications. 

Once we had got it up and running in Europe, we wanted to replicate it in other parts of the world. 

Africa, a fast-growing continent, brings specific business challenges, and the program is in line with the strategic objectives of Morocco, a leading renewable energy country that intends to play a leadership role in the field of excellence training in Africa. 

The first two days of the face-to-face section consist of a high-level course on energy economics and its challenges. It provides an overview of macroeconomic models in the sector and insight into its regulatory aspects. Other sessions focus on financial engineering, or the strategy and economy of innovation in this sector. 

We invite top-tier speakers who have worked on renewable energy projects for large companies. 

The distance learning section takes the form of SPOC sessions (Small Private Online Courses). These offer the means to acquire knowledge in the fields of photovoltaic energy, onshore and offshore wind power, and the challenges of smart grids. 

The awarding of the diploma is subject to the completion of a business case, which gives rise to a formal defense in Morocco, before a joint HEC-Polytechnique panel of examiners.”  

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Hicham Haddar, manager de projet innovation, OCP
“« Ce programme est unique, car il fait le lien entre les technologies du secteur énergétique et les opportunités business qui en découlent. Son format de blended learning, flexible et structuré, permet d’approfondir ses compétences techniques tout en développant le mindset d’un entrepreneur : repérer les opportunités d’investissement et les technologies à développer. Les SPOC (Small Private Online Courses) et les cours en présentiel, assurés par des intervenants de haut niveau, fournissent des outils très pratiques. » »

Info 

Target audience: managers, researchers, engineers, or start-up creators with solid operational experience in the energy sector.
Next session: 2020
Language: French
Further information at: www.hec.execed.edu