MELA was established in 2010 as the Middle East Leadership Academy by a group of committed Arab and American business executives who identified the critical need for the establishment of a community of interconnected, up-and-coming, high-potential Middle Eastern business leaders. The global network powers business opportunity, leadership development and personal and professional growth across the lifetime of its members.
MELA members benefit not only from membership in the regional network, but also the sister networks within SIBF. The SIBF network has grown rapidly over the past 35 years and continues to expand globally in the service of young up and-coming leaders to celebrate their skills and promote their growth.2002
SIBF inaugurated the successful Central Eurasia Leadership Academy (CELA). The CELA program annually brings young leaders from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan together for 10 days of intensive training at Koç University in Istanbul. There are now 550 members in the CELA network2011
SIBF established the Middle East Leadership Academy (MELA) to extend development opportunities to a host of young Middle Eastern leaders across 13 countries in the MENA region.2014
SIBF launched the Southeast Asia Leadership Academy [SEALA]. SEALA annually supports up and coming leaders from 9 countries in that region. The growing network currently consists of 75 members.
Meeting and networking with successful top business leaders and executives from around the globeBusiness Exposure
Marketing their businesses throughout the MELA network allowing effective brand exposure and profile-raising to new regional and international marketsCapacity Building
Receiving mentorship from the extensive community of facilitators, network supporters and peers; in addition to lifetime membership in a leading Arab business-networking platformSustainable Impact
MELA members benefit not only from membership in the regional network, but also the sister networks within SIBF. The SIBF network has grown rapidly over the past 35 years and continues to expand globally in the service of young up-and-coming leaders to celebrate their skills and promote their growth
MELA recognizes with thanks its partners supporting the development of leadership across the region