ANZSOG: Digital Executive Fellows Program

“A digital blended solution to expand access to top leadership development”

An award-winning training solution to support top leadership development in Australia and New Zealand.

The Challenge

The Executive Fellows Program (EFP) is the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG)’s highly sought-after leadership development program, regularly delivered to support the professional development of executives and emerging leaders within the public sectors of Australia and New Zealand.

The brief to our Liberate team was to take ANZSOG’s much-loved EFP and turn it into a fully digital and online experience. Considering the previous EFP had been a 2-week tour of Auckland, Singapore, and Canberra, it’s easy to see why this felt like a very challenging task.

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Our Approach

We understood and appreciated that ANZSOG is a unique learning provider that offers unique education services to a highest-calibre learner audience. In addition to being designed with input from governments in Australia and New Zealand, ANZSOG’s programs are led by renowned academics and practitioners and tailored to meet the needs of public sector leaders who face distinct challenges in today’s volatile environment.

In order to achieve the high participant engagement levels, interaction levels, and the required depth of experience learners would expect from the program, we introduced various educational formats, including interactive online lectures from international experts, case studies, virtual team exercises and discussions with highly experienced policy practitioners and academics. The program features blended modes of delivery that are fully aligned with the complexities of the learning topics covered and cater for the sophisticated learner audience.


Thanks to the successful design and delivery of the blended digital EFP, ANZSOG’s flagship program could continue despite of travel restrictions, lockdowns, and working-from-home orders during the active phase of the pandemic. During a critical time, it enabled future leader participants in both Australia and New Zealand to learn from presenters from world-leading organisations. While ANZSOG are also going back to a face-to-face version of the program, they will continue with the blended digital version, thus making the program more accessible location-wise and at a slightly lower investment per participant.

This project was recognised in the 2023 NZATD Learning and Development Awards as Winner in the Best Leadership Programme.

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