25th Harvard Club of Australia Program for Leaders

Growth Strategy in a Dynamic World

presented by

Harvard Business School Professors

Felix Oberholzer-Gee and Mihir Desai

3rd - 8th September 2023  -  RACV Healesville


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For 24 years, the Harvard Club Australia has been running a Program for Leaders, a five-day residential executive education program for senior management, presented by Harvard Business School Professors using the famous Harvard Business School case study method.  Download the brochure HERE for full information about the program.

Step back from your day-to-day responsibilities and reassess your situation with world-class faculty in a diverse network of accomplished executive peers. Immerse yourself in this proven learning experience, and develop a broader perspective on the challenges facing your organization and your leadership capabilities.


The program is designed to suit a range of executive positions, including:

  • Company Directors

  • Director Generals

  • CEOs

  • Executive Managers

  • General Managers

  • Senior Managers


Key Benefits:

In this course for senior executives, board members and seasoned investors, harvard Business School Professors, Mihir Desai and Felix Oberholzer-Gee focus on one of the key challenges of leading and evaluating companies today? How do executives best allocate talent, capital and their own time when we know so little about what tomorrow will bring? 

Throughout the course, the two faculty will introduce tools and techniques designed for sound strategic decision-making in the face of significant uncertainty. What is the most effective way to judge the health of your company? When do the numbers tell only half the story? Can you really see "around the corner?"  Is it ever safe to ignore the herd? Through a mix of case study discussions, interactive lectures and hands-on exercises, course participants learn to become more effective stewards of their companies.



Felix Oberholzer-Gee 


Felix Oberholzer-Gee is the Andreas Andresen Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. An award-winning instructor, his academic work and consulting are focused on competitive strategy and the effects of digital technology on corporate performance. His research has been published in the very best, peer-reviewed journals of his profession and profiled by media outlets around the world, including Financial Times, Le Figaro, New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Oberholzer-Gee teaches competitive strategy in the HBS MBA program and in executive education courses such as the Harvard General Management Program. He serves as faculty chair of the Senior Executive Leadership Program for China, the Driving Digital Strategy and the Managing Turbulence programs. He has held various leadership roles at HBS, including chair of the MBA program and Senior Associate Dean for the school’s global research centres. He is the author of best selling book Better Simpler Strategy: a value based guide to exceptional performance. He is a co-host, with his colleague Mihir Desai, of the popular TED Audio podcast, After Hours. Among his happiest times are when he is cooking and eating (not necessarily in this order.)

Mihir Desai



Mihir A. Desai is the Mizuho Financial Group Professor of Finance at Harvard Business School and a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Professor Desai’s areas of expertise include tax policy, international finance, and corporate finance.  His academic publications have appeared in leading economics, finance, and law journals. His work has emphasized the links between corporate governance and taxation and the internal capital markets of multinational firms.  His research has been cited in The Economist, BusinessWeek, The New York Times, and several other publications. His general interest publications include opinion pieces on a variety of topics in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.  Professor Desai has taught extensively as an award-winning teacher at HBS and at Harvard University.  As a second-year professor teaching finance in the required curriculum, he received the Student Association Award for teaching excellence from the HBS Class of 2001.  Most recently, Professor Desai has been active in delivering various executive education programs at HBS, including the General Managers Program (GMP), on campus and around the world.  From 2010 to 2014, Professor Desai was the Senior Associate Dean for Planning and University Affairs, where he was part of the senior management team of the Business School focused on integration with the rest of the University. His professional experiences include working at CS First Boston, McKinsey & Co., and advising a number of firms and governmental organizations.



Our fully residential program includes:

  • An action-packed program of case study discussions and lectures with leadership experts and senior executive guest speakers
  • Program instruction materials – all available prior to the course

  • Networking opportunities with other attendees

  • All meals

  • Five nights’ accommodation and use of leisure facilities

  • Complimentary on-site parking

Fee $11,500 + GST
  • available for EarlyBird bookings prior to 31 March
  • teams of 4+ people
Payment Payment required in full prior to secure a place.



“Fabulous program, content, and methodology. Speakers and presenters were amazing and I learnt a lot and grew as an individual.”

— Andrew Milligan, Head of Finance Retail, The GPT Group

“What a privilege to attend! Professors are outstanding – not just in the content they bring but in the expertise to translate that content into learning. Truly inspiring-thank you deeply.” 

— Dean Salter, Chief Operating Officer, Jetstar

“Thank you for a fantastic week! The unique pairing of organisational behaviour and disruption from the Professors was inspired and so so relevant. I also really appreciate the efforts and the care of the program management team. Thank you all for a career defining experience.” 

— Ainsley Barahona Santos, General Manager, HR Partnering, iCare


Our program has been recognised as the leading one of its kind in Australia. Over the years we’re thrilled to have seen representation from some of Australia’s most respected companies and organisations, including:



A unique opportunity today, could see you achieve the next level of executive success tomorrow.

For more information on our Program for Leaders, please email and a program manager will send you a brochure and call you back.

Program Director : Melinda Muth