Sister Networks

Regional Initiative, Global Network.

By reading this website you have learned a great deal about the CELA network, which is one of four sister networks around the world with over 1000 members. The parent network is the Society of International Business Fellows (SIBF) in North America, which has just finished its first Leadership Academy, NALA, for mid-career professionals in that region. In 2011 the Middle East Leadership Academy (MELA) was inaugurated in Jordan and has now finished six programs, with about 200 graduate members of that network. In 2014 the first Southeast Asia Leadership Academy (SEALA) was held and a second just completed in Malaysia with about 55 members of the network. So in the four networks there are over 600 mid-career professionals as well as 400 senior professionals in four regions.

These networks mix through a combination of events and electronic tools. 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, NALA 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. The second Global Network Summit will be held in Santa Fe, NM with SIBF as host October 8-11, 2015 and the third will be held in the Middle East in 2016. All events in any network are open to members of any other networks. The member web sites of all of these organizations are linked so that all member information is visible and searchable across the networks. Being a part of any of the 5 networks whenever you travel to the country which is part of coverage, do not hesitate to contact local fellows. Let them know that you are coming and you will be surprised by how well you will be treated and guided there. Most probably you will acquire great new friends and that country suddenly will become special for you.

Members of the five networks do business across the networks. There are many examples of business transactions across country and continental borders as the networks provide a trusted source for guidance on transactions away from home. They also serve as an enhanced source of expertise, fellows talk to each other on business opportunities, challenges, share thoughts on market growth potential, regional expansion, local professional habits, cultural differences and most importantly they build personal trust among themselves that one rarely can build anywhere else.


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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