The Central Eurasia Leadership Alliance (CELA) is a program of lifetime personal development for outstanding mid-career professionals from the fields of business, education, and civil society. CELA draws its membership from the countries of the southern Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia) and Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan) together with Afghanistan. About 40 new members are selected yearly in a competitive but transparent admissions process in each country. The entry point to CELA is an 11-day intensive Academy in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria that begins the education and mentoring journey.