"I would strongly recommend attending the Energy Charter Executive Training to anybody who is interested in deepening his or her understanding of global energy issues, energy security, and management of resources. The organisers succeeded in making the training relevant and very practical. The level of the speakers, the set-up, the attendance were all excellent, especially considering this was a pilot, and I hope this programme will become integral part of the Energy Charter's activities. I particularly enjoyed the treaty negotiation simulation as a way to increase interaction among participants and to learn practical skills on how to conduct negotiations. Also, it was a great way to balance presentations, lectures and more interactive activities. The risk with such activities, at least in my experience, is that they are focused too much on promoting the organisation or a specific agenda. In this case, while clearly the Energy Charter's inspiring principles were in the background, the real focus of the exercise was exchanging ideas, learning new skills and creating good contacts with other energy professionals."