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 that core are collaborative activities designed to engage CELA fellows as they are inducted into the larger network. Summits, Reunions and Briefings reinvigorate the network as platforms for face-to-face meetings that serve as an opportunity for CELA members to catch up, exchange insights and develop new collaborations for professional success. Key events are the Summits, bringing together all CELA members to date, and themed smaller reunions and briefings that keep them connected and open to new trends in the region.
The initial series of reunions were staged in Istanbul, Turkey (April 2003), Mtskheta, Georgia (May 2004), Almaty, Kazakhstan (October 2004), and Bakuriani, Georgia (2006). CELA members also got together when the program was showcased in 2005 in Astana, Kazakhstan within the framework of the conference of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).
On the initiative of CELA fellows, themed briefings (seminar or study-tour format) have been held in Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan (2006, 2007), Yerevan, Armenia (2007), Baku, Azerbaijan (2007), Bukhara, Uzbekistan (2007). Other themed briefings have been held in Yerevan, Armenia (2007), Baku, Azerbaijan (2007), Bukhara, Uzbekistan (2007), Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (2007), Almaty, Kazakhstan (2008), Tbilisi, Georgia (2008) Dushanbe and the Pamir, Tajikistan (2008), Kabul, Afghanistan (2008), Bishkek (2009) and Tbilisi (2010). In 2010, more than 80 CELA members attended the first Summit at Koç University in Istanbul for the purpose of installing its newly elected governing Board of members and developing the operating principals by which CELA would be guided.
Since that time there have been further meetings in Astana, Kazakhstan (2011), Dushanbe and the Pamir, Tajikistan (2011), Yerevan, Armenia (2012), Baku, Azerbaijan (2013), Bishkek (2013), and Tashkent, Uzbekistan (2014). These events each consistently draw 40 different CELA members.
The Global Network Summit was held in August of 2014, spanning 10 days with sequential meetings in Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia. Nearly 100 members of the CELA network and 60 members of the MELA, SEALA and SIBF networks attended the proceedings. Additionally, the annual Summits of these other networks are open to CELA members and over 50 have attended Summits held by other networks in the past three years.