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CENTRAL EURASIA LEADERSHIP ACADEMY (CELA)
SUMMER WORKSHOP, ISTANBUL, 17-27 JULY 2012
The Central Eurasia Leadership Academy is now accepting applications
to its 2012 Regional Leadership Workshop at Koç University,
Istanbul. CELA was launched in 2002 as a major initiative to bring
together the region’s most dynamic mid-career leaders with character,
initiative and strategic vision in the fields of business, civil
society and government. CELA alumni describe the program as `the best
I have taken part in’, `a vibrant network of brilliant people’ (To
find out more what CELA members are saying, go to CELA Testimonials at
). Now in its tenth
year, CELA has grown into the region’s premier leadership training and
network organization linking over 300+ next-generation leaders and
change agents across nine countries.
Thirty-six outstanding individuals will be selected to attend this
eleven-day leadership event that will be intensive, challenging, and
fun. It is important to emphasize that this is not a one-time
training, but the gate to full-fledged membership in the CELA
organization – a network of talent with global reach – which workshop
alumni will be expected to join and actively contribute to afterwards.
CELA is a bridge to its partner the Society of International Business
Fellows (SIBF – ) and its sister
organization, the Middle East Leadership Academy (MELA –
). Together they incorporate a global network of over 800 company
heads, civil society leaders and public servants from 25 countries!
CELA applicants must be between the ages of 28 and 42. They must be
citizens of (and resident in) one of the following countries:
Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,
Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The professional sectors
targeted in 2012 are business, government, civil society and
media. Candidates working in the sphere of business and
entrepreneurship are particularly encouraged to apply. Women are also
strongly encouraged to apply.
Please note the close relatives of CELA alumni are not eligible to
apply. The value of the CELA network lies in its breadth and
reach. Siblings and spouses of CELA members are already part of the
All costs associated with the CELA 2012 Regional Leadership Workshop
(food and accommodation in Istanbul, and economy-class transport from
the participant’s home country) are covered by CELA, with the
exception of a $500 participant fee.
English is the language of instruction during the CELA workshop. For
more information, a course description, and an application form,
please visit the CELA website:
For a sense of the flavor and atmosphere of the CELA workshop, we
invite you to visit the CELA blog which offers a daily `photo diary’
of the CELA 2011 workshop at
The deadline for applications is Tuesday 31 January 2012.