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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. CELA is not another one-directional West-lectures-East initiative. At CELA workshops, learning about culturally diverse approaches to leadership is a collaborative effort between instructors and participants. The curriculum – continuously refined and improved with input from participants – is organized around structured teaching units (modules) and case studies that have been specially modeled on Central Eurasian situations. Current modules include: Leadership Styles; Cultural Aspects of Leadership; Interpersonal Relations; Pitfalls in Decision-Making; Team-Building; Conflict Management; and Negotiation Skills. Participants experience an interactive learning environment, where they engage with internationally recognized business innovators, political leaders, and public figures. CELA sessions are not merely “chalk-and-talk”!

A key part of the Academy curriculum is the breakout groups. Material may be introduced in structured modules in plenary session, but no module may be said to be complete until its material has been thoroughly discussed and tested by participants in small breakout groups overseen by facilitators. The groups allow participants to talk and interact more meaningfully with one another: for it is one of the axioms of CELA that some of the most valuable teaching the course can offer will result from participants learning from one another.

Leadership is about meeting challenges in the real world – and no amount of instruction can fully capture the myriad problems real leaders face. So CELA invites internationally renowned leaders to discuss challenges they have faced in their own careers and debate their choices with the participants. Speakers are as diverse as Martti Ahtisaari, former President of Finland, Bill Dearstyne of Johnson and Johnson and Barbara Hay, British Consul-General in Istanbul and former Ambassador to Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. These sessions, coupled with the deep interaction with facilitators and faculty give the participants a safe environment to discuss their lives, challenges and try out new skills and thinking.

All participants, faculty and facilitators live together in the dorms at Koç University, and share the same cafeteria, lounge and recreational facilities as peers. This 24/7 interaction allows everyone to become comfortable and develop the close friendships and trust necessary for long-lasting interaction and a strong network.

You can find here the agenda for the Summer Academy in 2018 for the CELA 14 participants.


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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