June 26, 2024

Length of Course

3 hours

Delivery Method



Bespoke masterclass

delivered to a closed group


This masterclass provides a condensed learning experience in the three key areas of strategic planning: strategic analysis, decision-making and strategic choice, and strategic implementation. At the end of the masterclass, participants will be familiar with the trends and dynamics impacting each aspect of the strategic planning cycle, different national and regional strategic planning cultures, and ‘tools’ which support analysis and decision-making, and which guide implementation.


Ann Fitz-GeraldAnn Fitz-Gerald became the Director of the Balsillie School of International Affairs in August 2019. She has degrees in both commerce and political science from Queen’s University, and was the first civilian female to graduate from the Royal Military College of Canada.

Before completing a PhD in the UK, she worked at the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre, NATO headquarters, and the North Atlantic Assembly. She has worked in academic roles at King’s College, London University and Cranfield University, where, before her move back to Canada, she served as Director, Defence and Security Leadership at Cranfield’s Defence Academy of the United Kingdom campus. Ann is a Senior Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Peace and Diplomacy, a Fellow at McLaughlin College, York University and has served/still serves on a number of non-executive boards and in advisory roles for the British Government, the United Nations and the African Union.

Ann is widely published on issues concerning the governance of national security and has helped facilitate national security policies and strategies in a number of conflict-affected countries including Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Sudan, Ukraine, Sierra Leone, Nepal, Serbia, Nigeria and others.

She has also supported internationally-sponsored peace talks, including the Sudan-South Sudan peace talks led by former South African President Thabo Mbeki - efforts for which the Government of Canada awarded Ann with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.


The masterclass format is a concise summary of 4-5 sessions delivered over a 3-hour period. Upon completion of the masterclass learning objectives, participants will receive a BEI certificate.

Proposed Agenda



30 min

Session 1 - Facilitating effective strategic planning: principles, frameworks and resources

30 min

Session 2 - Data synthesis through systems thinking and critical problem solving

10 min


50 min

Session 3 - Analytical and decision-making tools

20 min

Session 4 - Requirements for achievable (vs aspirational) plans

10 min


30 min

Session 5 - Managing and measuring intended outcomes and impact; Masterclass summary

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