Sister Networks

Network Partners



Founded 30 years ago and based in the United States, the Society of International Business Fellows (SIBF) is a large network (450+) of executive peers who leverage their collective knowledge, contacts and experiences to help each other – and their partners in different regions of the world – to become better leaders. SIBF offers its members first-class, international learning opportunities and access to a network of key contacts. However, with global interdependence increasingly impacting world affairs, SIBF wants to share its experience with others.

SIBF is committed not only to educating, buy thesis proposal connecting and empowering its own members, but also the new generation of the most promising, mid-career leaders in critical areas of the world: Central Eurasia and the Middle East. To this end it established the Global Network Foundation – the philanthropic arm of SIBF. GNF receives its funding primarily from philanthropic contributions by SIBF members as well as from other foundations supporting its leadership development efforts, including the Betty Lawes Foundation, the Charles Steward Mott Foundation, and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation.

In 2002, SIBF co-launched the successful Central Eurasia Leadership Alliance (CELA). In many respects modeled on SIBF, CELA was conceived as a regional capacity-building initiative combining leadership education, programming and networking. SIBF members remain intimately involved in CELA as Academy facilitators, instructors, sponsors and mentors. The flourishing of CELA emboldened SIBF to launch MELA, as a parallel organization for the Middle East, in March 2011, adapting the same successful model.

With a vision of an integrated “network of networks,” SIBF looks forward increasingly to joint events and shared resources between itself, MELA and CELA and future regional networks across the globe. Two dozen CELA members and MELA officers attended the SIBF Summit in Utah in October 2012; MELA and CELA members are invited to one another’s programs; and SIBF plans a Grand Summit of all three organizations in Istanbul in 2014. Visit the SIBF website.



The Middle East Leadership Academy (MELA) is a multinational initiative to nurture the passion of a new generation of leaders in the Arab world and help them to develop, network and accelerate their careers. MELA is a not-for-profit organization with no connections to any government. It is not a program you go to, but a network you join – a network of people committed to supporting you over the course of your career. MELA was launched in 2010 by the Society of International Business Fellows (SIBF) and a Board of preeminent Arab business leaders and forward-thinkers. We are men and women who are passionate about leadership, and who believe that better regional cooperation and exchanges across borders (both geographical and professional boundaries) are keys to a vibrant and prosperous Middle East. We seek the best and we expect the best. We are searching for those who want to take their leadership to the highest levels of excellence and effectiveness.
MELA members are outstanding mid-career professionals from 13 Arab countries drawn from the fields of business, education and civil society. Our Academy facilitators and instructors are distinguished business executives who are eager to share their knowledge and experience. Our speakers are public figures who will remain embedded and accessible in the MELA network for a lifetime. Practically everyone involved in MELA 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.



SEALA is a not-for-profit initiative launched by the Society of International Business Fellows (SIBF) on the model of the regional network organizations it has already created for next-generation leaders in Central Eurasia and the Middle East. SEALA’s flagship event is the annual leadership workshop that serves as the gateway to membership and access to a rich program of follow-on events. SEALA’s approach to peer education and exchanges, its depth of personal commitment, and its inter-connections with three sister organizations in other areas of the world, make SEALA a leadership experience unmatched in the region.


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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