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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 region. Our mission is to empower leaders who work together with integrity and fun to create value for the network’s members and the region.
CELA Approach to Leadership

The eightfold path to leadership: eight factors that distinguish CELA’s approach

1. CELA’s commitment to its participants is long-term. It recognizes that leadership training cannot make someone a leader overnight – it is merely the beginning of a process, whose ultimate success can only be gauged after years.
2. CELA’s networking concept is exceptionally broad-based. It seeks to enrich indigenous leaders by introducing them into select global networks to draw on the best worldwide knowledge and support.
3. The CELA Academy is designed for the participants to spend hours together with each other and the 20 facilitators through breakout sessions, exercises and planned, social interaction as well as hundreds of impromptu exchanges over meals [see Box]. This opportunity for young leaders to engage in real interaction with mature, successful leaders provides on-the-spot mentoring as well as access to their networks and years of follow-on leadership and personal development interaction.
4. CELA multiplies the impact of its leadership development work through a training-the-trainers approach. It aims to develop not only transformational leaders, but a cadre of trained professionals who can serve to inspire and mentor colleagues in their own countries.
5. While most organizations target only one sector (or one gender) for their leadership development work, CELA’s approach is cross-sectoral. By bringing together people from government, business, media, academics and civil society, in equal numbers of women and men, CELA encourages social partnerships and makes for a vibrant mix that is greater than the sum of its parts.
6. CELA’s approach is also multi-level, targeting both national and local leaders, and thus opening the way for exchanges on issues of shared concern. In this way, the gap between center and the peripheries is lessened, and motivated leaders on both levels can work towards the achievement of common goals.
7. The recruiting effort for CELA is highly intensive and conducted in the field, while a Selection Committee carefully focuses on individuals’ sense of their own ambitions and modes of operation in their own environments.
8. Crucial to CELA’s philosophy of leadership is that engagement with the region must be a two-way street. Accepting international differences in understanding, management, priorities and governance, Western and Asian decision-makers have much to learn from their counterparts in Central Eurasia.



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. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani
Official language: Pashto and Dari
Religion: Muslim (99%)


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%)


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.


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%)


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%


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.



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.



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.



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.

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