Central Eurasia Leadership Alliance

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Central Eurasia Leadership Academy (CELA) – a long-term program of training, education, mentoring and networking activities across nine countries, stretching from the Black Sea to western China. The target countries – the states of the southern Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia) and Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan) together with Afghanistan – encompass some of the most remote terrain and exotic cultures on earth. They comprise a region of enormous geopolitical importance, rich in resources and strategically positioned, yet facing profound challenges in developing their economic potential, and beset with domestic political and social tensions. Underpinning the CELA program is a fresh vision for this Central Eurasian region: fractured, vulnerable and potentially volatile today, yet growing stable and prosperous under the stewardship of a new generation of exceptional individuals. Launched in 2002, CELA is a first-of-its-kind undertaking, administered by the Society of International Business Fellows (SIBF) through its Global Network Foundation (GNF) to foster the development of Central Eurasia’s leaders of tomorrow. The region’s security and welfare will ultimately depend on their courage and far-sightedness, their cooperation across borders and ability to bridge growing divides. Furthermore, CELA is an initiative to let those leaders communicate their perspectives and insights to their Western counterparts as equals. As the region has assumed global importance, particularly after 11 September 2001, it is apparent that the West has as much to learn as to teach. Through workshops, projects and networking activities, CELA aims to connect emerging leaders in the region with one another and with Western decision makers, while transmitting skills and knowledge to help them make a difference in their societies.[/learn_more] Central Eurasia Leadership Academy (CELA) – a long-term program of training, education, mentoring and networking activities across nine countries, stretching from the Black Sea to western China. The target countries – the states of the southern Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia) and Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan) together with Afghanistan – encompass some of the most remote terrain and exotic cultures on earth. They comprise a region of enormous geopolitical importance, rich in resources and strategically positioned, yet facing profound challenges in developing their economic potential, and beset with domestic political and social tensions. Underpinning the CELA program is a fresh vision for this Central Eurasian region: fractured, vulnerable and potentially volatile today, yet growing stable and prosperous under the stewardship of a new generation of exceptional individuals.

Launched in 2002, CELA is a first-of-its-kind undertaking, administered by the Society of International Business Fellows (SIBF) through its Global Network Foundation (GNF) to foster the development of Central Eurasia’s leaders of tomorrow. The region’s security and welfare will ultimately depend on their courage and far-sightedness, their cooperation across borders and ability to bridge growing divides. Furthermore, CELA is an initiative to let those leaders communicate their perspectives and insights to their Western counterparts as equals. As the region has assumed global importance, particularly after 11 September 2001, it is apparent that the West has as much to learn as to teach. Through workshops, projects and networking activities, CELA aims to connect emerging leaders in the region with one another and with Western decision makers, while transmitting skills and knowledge to help them make a difference in their societies.

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Meet Our Facilitators

Clark James Plexico Clark James Plexico Clark Plexico is President of Clark Plexico Consulting, Inc., a firm offering public policy and communications strategy for corporations,...

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About This Website

This website is a new online communication platform for CELA fellows, SIBF facilitators and sister network-MELA/SEALA/NALA. We hope that it will help you to reconnect with your...

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Program Description

At the heart of the program is the flagship event of the CELA calendar: the annual 11-day leadership Academy held every July in Istanbul. About forty participants, four from each...

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Agenda

The curriculum of the summer leadership Academy has been custom-designed to introduce leadership concepts and skills in tune with the societies and cultures of Central Eurasia....

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Programs & Events

Capturing the momentum of the leadership workshops CELA Summits, Reunion and Briefings If the summer leadership workshops are the beginning of the CELA experience, radiating from...

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CELA Gallery

CELA Academy CELA Reunions CELA...

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Mission and Vision

CELA possesses a combination of intellectual, human and material resources Our vision is to be the most trusted and useful professional and social network of leaders in the...

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Leadership Academy

Agenda

The curricula of cela academies are changed and improved each year. The cela 10 agenda, delivered in april 2013, is representative of the cela 10 schedule under development.

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The CELA Summer Leadership Workshop

At the heart of the program is the flagship event of the CELA calendar: the annual 11-day leadership Academy held every July in Istanbul. About forty participants, four from each...

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Benefits

As a young ambitious, successful professional each of us would look for clear benefits from every hour/day/week invested in any educational program or network. It is fair to...

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Regional Initiative, Global Network.

By reading this website you have learned a great deal about the CELA network, which is one of four sister networks around the world with over 1000 members. The parent network is...

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CELA Network

CELA Network

A NETWORK OF TALENT Many of us have attended workshops that claim to offer “leadership development.” They typically end with a handshake, a certificate and a...

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Apply

Apply for CELA 12 in 2016 The purpose of this application form is to provide us with a first introduction to who you are.  Please use the application form to share your honest...

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Contact Details

 Zara Janibekyan, CELA Financial and Fundraising Manager Email: zarajanibekyan@gmail.com Zara joined the CELA staff (Central Eurasia Leadership Alliance) in June 2011.   Her...

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Board of Directors

Fakhri Abbasov Fakhri Abbasov, Azerbaijan   Chairman Fakhri Abbasov is an experienced public and government relations expert with over 15 years of service with different...

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Global Network Calendar

  SOUTH EAST ASIA LEADERSHIP ACADEMY 4 Wednesday, January 11, 2017 – Sunday, January 22, 2017 The SEALA Academy is a 10-day immersion in a unique leadership experience,...

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Welcome to Central Eurasia Leadership Alliance

The Central Eurasia Leadership Alliance (CELA) is a program of lifetime personal development for outstanding mid-career professionals from the fields of business, education and civil society. CELA draws its membership from the countries of the southern Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia) and Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan) together with Afghanistan. About 40 new members are selected yearly in a competitive but transparent admissions process in each country. The entry point to CELA is a 10-day intensive Academy in Istanbul that begins the education and mentoring journey. Although the facilitators and instructors are distinguished senior business executives who are eager to share their knowledge and experience, you will find that the greatest resource becomes your member classmates at the Academy. After the Academy there is a rich offering of events open to all members and families to continue education, build networks among all members and have fun. Practically everyone involved in CELA is a volunteer, dedicating our time and expertise to its programs and its members. We are a community of leadership peers committed to supporting one another to ensure that our careers are not merely successful, but significant and beneficial to our enterprises, communities and region.
Launched in 2002, CELA was a first-of-its-kind undertaking, developed by the Society of International Business Fellows (SIBF) through its Global Network Foundation (GNF) to foster the development of Central Eurasia’s leaders of tomorrow. CELA is now governed by a Board of Directors selected from within the membership and a few outside directors . Four hundred successful mid-career leaders have joined the network since the founding. Additionally, sister networks of young leaders have been developed in the Middle East (MELA) and Southeast Asia (SEALA); members of MELA, SEALA and SIBF routinely attend common events with CELA members to build a more robust network.

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The CELA Summer Leadership Workshop

The Cela Summer Leadership SummitAt the heart of the program is the flagship event of the CELA calendar: the annual 11-day leadership Academy held every July in Istanbul. About forty participants, four from each country, are invited annually on the basis of a competitive application process, working in diverse fields of government, business, media, NGOs and civil society. There is an innovative, culturally diverse curriculum taught by almost two dozen multinational faculty and facilitators and a roster of internationally renowned speakers.

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Benefits

Your connection starts here - CELA

As a young ambitious, successful professional each of us would look for clear benefits from every hour/day/week invested in any educational program or network. It is fair to expect the same from CELA.

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Regional Initiative, Global Network.

By reading this website you have learned a great deal about the CELA network, which is one of four sister networks around the world with over 1000 members. The parent network is the Society of International Business Fellows (SIBF) in North America, which has just finished its first Leadership Academy, NALA, for mid-career professionals in that region. In 2011 the Middle East Leadership Academy (MELA) was inaugurated in Jordan and has now finished six programs, with about 200 graduate members of that network. In 2014 the first Southeast Asia Leadership Academy (SEALA) was held and a second just completed in Malaysia with about 55 members of the network. So in the four networks there are over 600 mid-career professionals as well as 400 senior professionals in four regions.

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Afghanistan

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General Data
Area: 647,500 thousand square kilometers
Population: approximately 32,738,400 (the population of Afghanistan is divided into a wide variety of ethnic groups. Because a systematic census has not been held in the country in decades, exact figures about the size and composition of the various ethnic groups are not available. Therefore most figures are approximations only: Pashtun: 42%, Tajik: 27%, Hazara: 9%, Uzbek: 9%, Aimak: 4%, Turkmen: 3%, Baloch: 2%, Other: 4%)
Capital: Kabul
President: Mr. Hamid Karzai
Official language: Pashto and Dari
Religion: Muslim (99%)

Armenia

Armenia

General Data
Area: 29.74 thousand square kilometers
Population: 3,222,900 [97,2 % of Armenia’s population are Armenians. Minorities living in Armenia include Yezidis, Russians, Kurds, Assyrians, Greeks, and others.]
Capital: Yerevan
President: Mr. Serzh Sargisyan
Official language: Armenian
Religion: Christian (99%)

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

General Data
Area: 86.6 thousand square kilometers
Population: 9,356,500 (2013 estimate)
Capital: Baku
President: Mr. Ilham Aliyev
Official language: Azerbaijani
Religion: 93% Muslim, 4% Christians, 3% – other religions.

Georgia

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General Data
Area: 69,700 thousand square kilometers
Population: 4,469,200 (84% Georgians, 6.5% Azeri, 5.7%, Armenians, 1.5% Russians, 2.5% others)
Capital: Tbilisi
President: Mr. Giorgi Margvelashvili
Official language: Georgian
Religion: Orthodox Christianity (82%)

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan

General Data
Area: 2,724,9 sq. km
Population: 16,911,911 (2013 est.)
Capital: Astana
President: Mr. Nursultan Nazarbaev
Official language: Kazakh and Russian
Religion: Three main religions include Muslim 47%; Russian Orthodox 44%; Protestant 2%, other 7%

Kyrgyzstan

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General Data
Area: 199,900 sq. km
Population: 5,550,239 (2011 est.) 68.9% Kyrgyz, 14.4% Uzbek, 9.1% Russian, 7.6% others.
Capital: Bishkek
President: Almazbek Atambayev
Official language: Kyrgyz and Russian
Religion: The Population of Kyrgyzstan is 75% Muslim, 20% Russian Orthodox and 5% other.

 

Tajikistan

Tajikistan

General Data
Area: 143,100 sq. km
Population: 7,616,000 (2011 estimate) 79.9% Tajik, 15.3% Uzbek, 1.1% Russian, 1.1% Kyrgyz, 2.6% others
Capital: Dushanbe
President: Emomali Rahmon
Official language: Tajik
Religion: 85–90% of the population of Tajikistan is Muslim, mostly Sunni, roughly 4% are Christian, mostly Russian Orthodox, and less than 1% is Jews.

 

Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan

General DataArea: 491,210 sq. km
Population: 5,125,693 (2012 estimate)
Capital: Ashgabat
President: Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow
Official language: Turkmen
Religion: 89 Muslim, 9% adhere to the Eastern Orthodox Church, and for 2% others.

 

Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan

General Data
Area: 447,400 sq. km
Population: 29,559,100 (2012 estimate) 80% Uzbek, 5.5% Russian, 5.0% Tajik, 3.0% Kazakh, 2.5% Karakalpak, 1.5% Tatar, 2.5% others.
Capital: Tashkent
President: Islam Karimov
Official language: Uzbek
Religion: 90% Muslim, 6% Christian and 4% others.