Executive Seminar

Politics of reform of international organisations

This course introduces participants to the management challenges faced by international organisations. It focuses on the United Nations and how it manages humanitarian, peacekeeping and other operations. It also analyses case studies of public-private partnerships in security and development, zooming in on a number of cases ranging from peacekeeping to finance and development.

The course provides necessary Information for positions where knowledge of international organisations is required. Participants will critically reflect and evaluate reform processes in international organisations. They will understand the changing landscape of global governance and will gain a better understanding of the promises and pitfalls of reforming international organisations.

This course can also be completed as part of the Certificate in Leadership and Management, the Certificate in Intersectoral Management, the Certificate in Public Sector Innovation, or the Certificate in Managing International Cooperation and Development.

Target group

Professionals from all sectors (public, private, and from NGOs)


  • Higher education degree
  • At least two years of relevant professional experience (average is ten years)
  • Good knowledge of English


  • 2.5 days in Berlin, as well as additional time for the preparation of the seminar
  • No follow-up assignment is required

Seminar times

  • Day 1: 11:00 - 20:00
  • Day 2:   9:00 - 18:00
  • Day 3:   9:00 - 16:00

Seminar fee

€ 1,690

Seminar fees are exempted from tax according to Value Added Tax Act (UStG) §4 Nr. 21a. In Germany and many other countries, tuition fees for continuing education programmes are also fully tax-deductible as professional training expenses.

Seminar fee includes: attendance, online access to course documents, materials during the seminar, beverages in the Hertie School cafeteria (open on weekdays), certificate of attendance. 

Terms and Conditions


Registration is possible throughout the year, on a first-come, first-serve basis via our online application module. Admission is subject to availability.

Seminar director