Sister Networks

Mission and Vision

CELA, the premier leadership network in Central Eurasia, provides members education and programs connecting them globally to propel their success in organizations, families and communities.

 Central Eurasia Leadership Alliance (CELA) is the premier network for Central Eurasia’s leaders to consistently expand their leadership skills and enhance the positive impact they make on their businesses, families, and communities.

CELA is part of a 46-nation global network that has grown rapidly over the past 35 years and continues to expand in the service of up-and-coming leaders; celebrating their skills and promoting their growth.  The sister networks are MELA – the Middle East Leadership Alliance, SEALA – the South East Asia Leadership Academy, and SIBF – the Society of International Business Fellows.  Together, these Global Networks have nearly 1,500 members.

CELA members are highly successful, diversified, internationally focused, mid-level and senior individuals, including business, development, financial, academia, government and non-governmental sectors with an emphasis on entrepreneurial activity across those sectors.

CELA members are committed to helping each other become better leaders, sharing educational programs, best practices and business solutions. From local events and regional programs, to the annual summit and conferences abroad, there are numerous opportunities to tap into the Global Networks, resources and its worldwide group of advisors.

The annual Leadership Academy is the cornerstone of the CELA Network. CELA Fellows participate in one of the best globally available two-week leadership immersion course(s) and high-level executive education leadership program(s) for professional and personal growth; receive insights from business luminary speakers and unique cultural opportunities.

Members of the Global Networks are active in over 60 countries and have broad experience with local partners and service providers, due diligence, market entry, and political and business risk in practically every country. Thousands of deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars have been consummated among members of the Global Networks and through their mutual contacts. CELA members established successful collaborations and partnerships cases on academic and consultancy, nonprofit areas in country, on the regional and international levels.

Afghanistan

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%)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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