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CELA Samarkand 2024: Reuniting for Tomorrow

Friday, April 26, 2024 to Monday, April 29, 2024

Silk Road Complex, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Event Details

Get ready for an unforgettable experience at the CELA Annual Reunion in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, a city steeped in history and culture! This exclusive event, taking place from April 26 to 29, 2024, promises to bring together CELA members as well as our dear friends from sister networks of MELA, SEALA, and, of course, SIBF. The reunion kicks off with the welcome dinner on April 26, setting the stage for a weekend of connection and discovery.
In these times of great uncertainty, where change is constant and stress and isolation are prevalent, the value of a supportive and accepting community cannot be overstated. The CELA reunion offers you a meeting point for minds and hearts, a unique space where your dreams are encouraged, your aspirations are nurtured, and bonds - strengthened, making it as crucial to your well-being as your own family. Coming to the CELA reunion is not only about attending an event, but about finding joy, solidarity, and power in our shared experiences and diverse perspectives.
Hosted at the luxurious Silk Road Samarkand complex, our venue is more than just a place of accommodation. Here, amidst the blend of modern amenities and historical charm, you can engage in meaningful conversations, share experiences, and create memories to last. The complex includes top-notch hotels offering comfortable accommodations, a picturesque water canal, congress center, and a beautiful Eternal City, a replica of ancient Samarkand. Check their website here Silk Road Samarkand.

You can choose between two 4* hotels of the complex: Savitskiy Plaza or Lia! by Minyoun (please note a 1.3km distance between Lia! By Minyoun and the conference facility, however, golf cars and buses are moving between the hotels). We encourage you to use the Early Bird registration opportunity which is valid through February 29, 2024.

Registration Fees:

Savitskiy Plaza
• Double rooms at $750 (from March 1 - $850)
• Single rooms at $1,000 (from March 1 - $1,150)
• Two nights only (for Uzbek nationals) - $630

Lia! by Minyoun
• Double room - $700 (from March 1 - $800)
• Single room - $900 (from March 1 - $1,050)
• Two nights only (for Uzbek nationals) - $600

Registration Deadline – March 31, 2024

The registration fees cover three-night accommodation, the comprehensive program, delightful meals throughout the event as well as excursions around amazing Samarkand. Our program is designed to foster networking, feature inspiring speakers, and facilitate insightful sessions and panel discussions. It's the perfect opportunity to exchange professional knowledge and, of course, indulge in the usual CELA fun. You can see the preliminary outline of the event program herein.
Don't miss this opportunity to be a part of something truly special. Mark your calendars, register now, and join us in Samarkand to experience the power of a community that uplifts and supports each other. Shall you decide to expand your stay and visit other breathtaking sites of amazing Uzbekistan, our partner agency is here to help you. 

Important: Due to CELA’s financial commitments, the cancellation fee after February 15, regardless of circumstances, is going to be 50% of the paid amount. 
Nini Eliashvili
Nini Eliashvili Founder/ CEO PG Consulting
Arif Gadzhiev
Arif Gadzhiev N.Progression
Archil Jakobia
Archil Jakobia Managing Partner Ltd Teamboat
Irakli Khorbaladze
Irakli Khorbaladze Founder and Executive Director GGO
Gulnora Mukhamadieva
Gulnora Mukhamadieva Aga Khan Foundation Geneva
Vano Nadiradze
Vano Nadiradze Partner, Trainer Flowmaster LTD
Sholpan Primbetova
Sholpan Primbetova Deputy Regional Director Global Health Research Center of Central Asia
Umeda Sadritdinova
Umeda Sadritdinova CEO Caravan of Hope
Tamar Sigua
Tamar Sigua Norwegian Refugee Council
Meade Sutterfield
Meade Sutterfield Retired none
Susan Sutterfield
Susan Sutterfield Retired none
Medet Tairov
Medet Tairov Management Member OJSC “RSK Bank”
Rouba Taouk
Rouba Taouk General Manager, Corporate Strategy and Communication Concordia Group
Jon Whetsell
Jon Whetsell CFO Ligon Industries LLC
4 Other Registered Attendees

For More Information:

Eka Grigalava
Eka Grigalava
Executive Director Central Eurasia Leadership Alliance (CELA)

Payment Instructions: We strongly encourage you to pay by Stripe. You can do so through the CELA website at this link - No additional registration through the SIBF website is required if you pay by Stripe.

If you have an American (US or Canada) bank account, you can also pay by a debit/credit card, or through ACH (both options are available on the payment page here).

If none of the above works for you, you may also pay by wire (SWIFT). Please see the details below.

Wire Instructions: When making the wire payment, please ensure the intermediary bank costs are covered by the sender, not the recipient. Your registration will be canceled if we don’t receive your payment within the following two weeks after you register for the event.

The Beneficiary Name: Society of International Business Fellows
Account at Beneficiary Bank: 334071115265
The Beneficiary Bank: Bank of America NA 222 Broadway New York, NY 10038
Swift Code: BOFAUS3N

International Connections: Samarkand International Airport receives flights from many destinations of the wider region, including Almaty, Baku, Istanbul, Dubai, Abu-Dhabi, etc. You can also book a flight to Tashkent, Uzbekistan and from there take a fast train (two-hour ride) to Samarkand. Please note that due to the high season, the train tickets need to be purchased well in advance. So, in case you need it, please inform us at least 45 days in advance so that the travel agency can book the train ticket for you. 

If you have trouble with your payment, please contact us for assistance:, +995 599 100595 (WhatsApp, Telegram) 

We look forward to welcoming you to Samarkand for yet another memorable and enriching experience!

CELA Reunion 2024 Tentative Program Outline
April 26
• Arrivals throughout the day
• Welcome dinner at the hotel

April 27
• Breakfast at the hotel
• Opening, Keynote Speaker (TBD)
• Coffee Break
• Panel discussion on recent policy reforms in Uzbekistan; participants will represent the Government of Uzbekistan, international financial institutions and businesses, and CELA
•​​ Lunch
• Free time
• Visits to national and international businesses in Samarkand: British American Tobacco Uzbekistan, SAG Carpets, Air Marakanda (TBC)
• ​​Dinner in town with traditional musical performance

April 28
• Breakfast at the hotel
• CELA Uzbekistan PechaKucha
• Coffee Break
• Networking exercise
• Lunch
•Samarkand city tour (Registan, Gur Emir Mausoleum, Siab Bazaar)
• Return to the hotel and free time
• Boat ride on the channel (optional), followed by traditional masterclasses
• Finale dinner at Eternal City

April 29
• Departures throughout the day