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 American University in Bulgaria (AUBG) in Blagoevgrad city 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.
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 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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »