African Energy Leadership Centre (AELC)


The lack of energy access in Africa is not due to a lack of natural resources, but one that I attribute to a dearth in leadership. Africa; with her young and growing population, vast untapped energy and other natural resources, has the potential to become a leading global economic force. This potential can be realised only if we develop the next generation of leaders in the energy sector; develop the scarce skills needed to grow economies, leaders who can deal with growing uncertainty in an inter-connected, fast-changing technological world, a world in an accelerating transition to producing cleaner energy, and a world engulfed by a global health pandemic and political uncertainty. 

It is against this background that Wits Business School (WBS) took the initiative to establish an African Energy Leadership Centre (AELC). For anyone wanting to carve out a career for themselves in this crucially important sector, we encourage you to find out more about our programmes. This continent urgently needs a new generation of visionary, solutions-oriented leaders in the energy field.

We hope to play an important role in developing such leaders and look forward to welcoming you to WBS.

Professor Lwazi Ngubevana
Head of the African Energy Leadership Centre



Wits Business School launched the African Energy Leadership Centre (AELC) in 2017, the first of its kind in Africa. The AELC aims to address the issues of energy shortages in Africa as well as the skills deficit in an industry which is of vital importance to economic growth on the continent. A hub of teaching and research, the focus of the AELC is on the latest thinking and best practice in energy

The three main areas of the African Energy Leadership Centre are:

  1. Postgraduate and Executive Education
  2. Research & Thought Leadership
  3. Networking and Professional Development

The AELC offers a specialised Master’s degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in Energy Leadership. Both programmes will provide you with a solid foundation in all aspects of energy leadership in order to make you a more confident, decisive and effective leader in this sector.

This programme was developed through a strategic partnership with the Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority.