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PADE | Senior Executives & CEO Program

«For more than 40 years inspiring top management in Portugal.

There are more than 1500 PADE alumni, CEO’s, members of the Boards of Directors, Entrepreneurs and General Directors of national and international companies. And our alumni are unanimous – this is the essential training program for senior management.

For entrepreneurs and managers in C-Level positions, who aspire to discover new ways to generate growth, PADE represents a stimulating training process: it promotes an integrated – multifunctional and multidisciplinary approach to the management of organizations, in a simultaneously relevant, rigorous and non-discriminatory way. trivial. It specifically emphasizes personal development – self-management – as an essential premise for any significant and sustainable organizational change.»

Pedro Ferro
PADE’s Lisbon Director

Pedro Pimentel
PADE’s OPorto Director


PADE places particular emphasis on the strategic challenges and opportunities of the Portuguese economy facing the world. The program includes a trip and academic program at one of the partner schools of the AESE/IESE Business School.


  • To enhance or update managers knowledge about the methods, analytical tools and conceptual models of business administration;
  • To provide managers with a more comprehensive outlook of the latest economic and social trends, cultural implications, competitive globalization, the emergence of new markets, new business models and new technologies;
  • To enhance managers perceptions of the values, mission and future of their organizations;
  • To improve managerial skills, in the decisionmaking processes and in the ability for effective team work, as well as to perfect the managers selfknowledge in the organization;
  • To debate ideas and values in a highly qualified professional environment through the guidance of the competent teaching faculty of AESE.

    Applicants profile

    PADE is aimed at entrepreneurs and managers with a minimum of 10 years of experience in senior management and general management positions.

    Case Method

    Leading is only learned … leading.

    That is why learning at AESE is inspired by the Harvard Business School model. When putting applicants in the face of real business conflicts, managers are called to assume the role of decision makers in circumstances similar to their day-to-day activities in organizations. The cases are challenges that require effective responses to a rigorous analysis of limited or even insufficient information, in ambiguous or complex contexts from a political and economic point of view. Individual diagnosis and decisions are negotiated with experienced, talented and ambitious colleagues.

    Currently, the Case Method stands out as a sophisticated medium, oriented to transform the potential talent of the participants into a powerful decision-making capacity. AESE remains in the leadership of teaching with the Case Method in Portugal.

    The cases produced by AESE are part of the ECCH database, the most used worldwide case repository at the service of international Business Schools.

    Phases of the Case Method

    • The individual case study is followed by a group discussion.
    • Learning Teams help to prepare cases in a collaborative environment, creating the opportunity to put ideas to the test.
    • The headquarters’ classrooms were specially designed with teaching in mind.

    International week

    The international week, scheduled for Shanghai, can be changed to another destination, within the network of partner schools.


    AESE Business School invites renowned personalities from the business and academic world to present and discuss at PADE new global trends and comprehensive perspectives on the economy, politics, technology and society.

    António Martins da Costa

    Member of AESE’s General Council; Executive Board Member at EDP

    Luís Amado

    Chairman of EDP’s General and Supervisory Board

    Luís Cabral

    Full Professor of Industrial Economics (NYU); Professor of Economics (IESE)

    Manuel Rodrigues

    PhD in Management in the area of ​​Finance (Cranfield School of Management)

    Mike Rosenberg

    Associate Professor of Strategic Management (IESE)

    Javier Zamora

    Full professor in the Department of Information Systems at IESE


    Portuguese, English and Spanish.

    Next editions and duration

    PADE takes place from November 2023 till April 2024 in Lisbon and OPorto.

    Upon completion of PADE, participants acquire the status of AESE Alumni, which allows them to establish a network of contacts between themselves and between them and the School, as well as access to exclusive sessions for PADE alumni.


    €18,800 (+ VAT)

    The price includes: documentation, support material, catering, parking and stay and academic program in the international week, lasting from three to four working days.

    The price does not include travel.

    For further information, contact Mafalda Correia de Sá.

    Dulce Mota
    Banco Montepio

    "A diversidade e oportunidade dos temas tratados, juntamente com a qualidade e metodologia da sua abordagem, constituíram efetivas mais valias para a minha formação. Recomendo vivamente a sua frequência."

    Dulce Mota | Banco Montepio

    Vítor Virgínia
    Merck Sharp & Dohme

    Sem dúvida é um programa que adiciona valor e nos leva a ver o mundo e os negócios de uma forma mais abrangente.

    Vítor Virgínia | Merck Sharp & Dohme

    João Pedro Azevedo
    Amorim Cork Composites

    “ No PADE encontramos o ambiente sereno necessário ao debate dos temas mais inovadores num mundo em constante mutação. É um Programa que nos desafia, que nos desvia da nossa zona de conforto e que nos dá toda a exposição de que precisamos. Uma vez terminado, sinto que todos iniciámos uma nova etapa das nossas vidas.”

    João Pedro Azevedo | Amorim Cork Composites

    Andreia Ventura
    Grupo ETE

    "Fazer o PADE constituiu para mim um verdadeiro e exigente investimento, do qual obtive integral retorno, pelo que não posso deixar vivamente de o recomendar a todos os quadros dirigentes que queiram aprofundar os seus conhecimentos de liderança e gestão de Alta Direção. O Programa distingue-se pela elevada qualidade dos docentes, excelente organização e particular preocupação com as Pessoas."

    Andreia Ventura | Grupo ETE

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