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AUTUMN SCHEDULE 2021
CENTRAL ASIAN PRODUCTIVITY RESEARCH CENTER’S
BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTE

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CAPRC’S BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTE LECTURE SERIES OCT 5-NOV.2
The Central Asian Productivity’s Business and Professional Institute , once again, is presenting an autumn 2021 five-week lecture series,especially designed for Central Asia. This is a popular business and management educational program offering open enrollment.

Originating from the United States, all professors have a successful career in both educational and business and/or government and are affiliated with prominent universities.

All presentations are scheduled at 08:00 (Chicago Time/1700 Baku time) on Tuesdays . Effective November 2, time will be 07:00/17:00.

October 5 “Understanding Business”
Professor Paul Prabhaker
Professor Prabhaker has held prominent positions at prominent educational institutions, including Illinois Institute of Technology and Northern Illinois University’s College of Business , where he still is actively involved.

October 12 “Understanding Quality Management”
Professor John Kalaras
Known world-wide for his work in the field of quality management,Professor Kalaras is founder of the Quality Management Institute,Professor at Keller MBA Program, and chairman for the CAPRC’s Quality Management Committee

October 19 ”An Alternative Mode of Doing Business”
Professor John Kalaras

November 26 “Advanced Business Strategies”
Professor Paul Prabhaker

November 2 “Mental Health And Productivity”
Adjunct Prof. Ronald Melka
Professor Ronald Melka is co-chairman of the CARC’s Productivity Committee, a former adjunct at Illinois Institute of Technology, known for his work in public policy, and is executive director for Lyons Township Mental Health Commission

There is NO REGISTRATION FEE, but registration is required.

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DELAY TALKS FOR WORLD PRODUCTIVITY CONGRESS IN CHICAGO IN 2021
Kasi Paturi, the CAPRC’s chairman for the CAPRC  Productivity  Committee, reported, that because of COVID 19, all activities of the Productivity Committee have been postponed. “I have been discussing plans about the proposed World Congress to be held in Chicago in 2021, with the Congress Chair Peter Watkins, but plans also have been delayed.” he commented.
Paturi  also is president of the Pan Asian American Business Council (PAABC)

 

2021 SILK ROAD WEEK –  VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

Monday, September 13  10:00 An Alternate Mode of Doing Business Presented
Professor John Kalaras
Monday 14:00 The Pandemic and Challenges to Productivity
Mr. Kasi Paturi and Mr. Ron Melka

Tuesday, September 14 10:00 CAPRC’s Annual Energy Seminar
Professor Ozgur Arslan-Ayaydin
Bonus ISA Presentation: Virtual Farm Tour (1 ½ Hours)

Friday, September 17, 2021  08:00 2021 Silk Road Conference
Representatives from the Central Asian nations meet during the 16th Annual Silk Road Conference on Friday, September 17, 2021,culminating the Silk Road Week, Sept 13-17, promoting bilateral business and trade.

The keynote speaker was Ambassador George Krol, former ambassador to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Belarus, who now is serving as an instructor at the U.S. Naval War College.

Organized by the Central Asian Productivity Research Center (CAPRC) and co-sponsored by the Global Programs, College of Business, Northern Illinois University, the 15th annual Silk Road conference will provide practical information about how to do business in China, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan. Senior foreign diplomats and local business professionals will have a chance to meet one-on-one to discuss bilateral business, trade, and investments”, according to Erin M. Cole, President & CEO of the Clinton Regional Development Corporation and Chair of the CAPRC 2021 Silk Road Conference.

Supporting organizations include the Clinton Regional Development Corporation and the Illinois Soybean Association. The CAPRC also celebrated its 22th anniversary. It was founded in May and June 1999 in Turkey and Azerbaijan. Today, it has representation from the Mediterranean Sea to the China Sea.

“Business and trade seminars, private meetings, and field studies will be scheduled during the CAPRC’s Silk Road Week starting on Monday, September 13,”Ms. Cole added. “There are special activities planned for the visiting foreign diplomats, including a one-day agriculture tour for the foreign diplomats, sponsored by the Illinois Soybean Association. This event will be directed by David Headley, team leader for the ISA and chairman for the CAPRC’s Agriculture committee, Ms. Cole added.”

The CAPRC has organized conferences , seminars, and other business events throughout Central and Southeast Asia.

AGENDA

8:00 – 8:15 Welcome Remarks: Erin Cole, CAPRC 2021 Conference Chair; CAPRC Chairman Professor Harry Lepinske, President, International Marketing Services, Ltd.; and Professor Paul Prabhaker, Associate Vice President Emeritus, College of Business, Northern Illinois University

8:15 – 8:30 Opening Remarks and Keynote Introduction: Erin M. Cole, President & CEO, Clinton Regional Development Corporation

8:30 – 9:00 Keynote Address—30 Years Since the Fall of the Soviet Union: U.S. Ambassador George A. Krol, former Ambassador to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Belarus and Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State (Retired)

9:00 – 9:30 Overview of How to Do Business in the Silk Road Countries
Erin M. Cole, Clinton Regional Development Corporation

9:30 – 10:00 Illinois Presentation: From Factories to (soybeans) Farms
David Headley, Trade Team Lead, Illinois Soybean Association

10:00 – 10:30 Business Opportunities in Turkey
Honorable Consul General of the Republic of Turkey in Chicago, Mr. Engin Turesin

10:30 – 11:00 Business Opportunities in Azerbaijan
Natig Bakhishov, Executive Director of the United States – Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce

11:00 – 11:30 China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Better Future Based on Extensive Consultation, Joint Contribution and Shared Benefits
Honorable Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Chicago, Mr. Zhao Jian
Commercial Counselor of the P.R. China in Chicago, Mr. Hu Yingzhi

11:30 – 12:00 Business Opportunities in Pakistan
Honorable Consul General of Pakistan in Chicago, Mr. Tariq Karim

12:00 – 12:15 Final Q&A and Closing Remarks

 

 

Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021
CAPRC Q3 “LIVE” NETWORKING BOARD MEETING
ZOOM ( OUTSIDE MIDWEST) MEETING
Wolf’s Head Inn 6939 Joliet Rd. Indian Head Park , Il

June 16, 2021
CAPRC OFFERS “CENTRAL ASIAN LEADERSHIP-TEAMBUILDING WEBNAR II (encore)
Organized and presented by the CAPRC’s Business and Professional Institute is an encore three-hour business course focusing on “ Leadership and Team building” via Zoom, on Wednesday, June 16. 2021, especially designed for Central Asian professionals.
Repeating this program by popular demand, the focus will be on : “Leadership and Team building”, “Leadership and Communications”, “Leadership and Total Quality Management (TQM)”, “Leadership and Productivity” . This program also will be a convenient opportunity to learn business English.
Originating from the Chicago area at 7am, students will attend the class based on Central Asian local times, such at 17:00 in Baku.
Dr. John Kalaras, of Keller MBA program, and founder of the Quality Training Institute, will teach the entire program. Prof. Kalaras has worked with quality-driven business leaders to improve “return on investment” by goals and by providing solutions to reduce costs, build leadership, improve efficiency to achieve operational excellence.

Monday April 19, 2021  Central Asian Leadership and Team Building Webinar
7:00am CST  17:00 (Baku Time)
This was a timely event focusing upon ” Leadership an Team Building” designed for young professionals and university students to assist in your career development. Presentation and discussions will be in English.

Feature moderator will be John Kalaras Phd. Mr. Kalaras works with quality driven business leaders, professionals, and companies to achieve sustainable growth, improve ROI and goals, by providing solutions to reduce costs, build leaderships, improve efficiency to achieve operational excellence. Employee engagement constitutes the back bone of his methodology.

Friday, April 9, 2021 CAPRC Q2 BOARD MEETING
BOTH “LIVE” and ZOOM MEETING
Wolf’s Head Inn 6939 Joliet Rd.
Indian Head Park, Illinois
ZOOM will be provided for those unable to attend in person

FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2021 12:00(CST) 20:45(Istanbul Time)
“TURKISH FINANCIAL MARKETS”
Dr. Murad Kayacan, retired prominent Istanbul Stock Exchange economist and financial specialist, will discuss “Turkish Financial Markets” (with comments about central Asia) at 11:45 AM., Friday, February 12, during a Zoom presentation sponsored by the Central Asian Productivity Research Center. He also serves on the CAPRC’s finance committee.
ZOOM instructions sent to pre-registered attendees only.

 Friday, April 16 CENTRAL ASIAN LEADERSHIP SEMINAR
Time: 07:00 to 09:30 (CST); 17:00 to 19:30 (Baku time)
Purpose: To bring Central Asian and American colleges students together to better understand the cultural aspects common to both groups to build strength in business leadership.
PROPOSED AGENDA
08:30 Registration/Reception
09:00 OPENING REMARKS
          Prof. Harry Lepinske, Chairman
          Central Asian productivity Research Center
OFFICIAL WELCOME
         Prof. Paul Prabhaker, Assistant Vice President Emeritus
         International Alliances, Northern Ill.Univ. College of Business
09:15 INTRODUCTION/OVERVIEW (Session 1)
10:15 LEADERSHIP AND TEAMBUILDING (Session 2)
11:15 BREAK (Zoom time-video)
11:30 LEADERSHIP AND COMMUNICATIONS (Session 3)
12:30 LUNCH (Zoom time-video)
13:30 LEADERSHIP AND TOTAL QUALITY MANAGEMENT (TQM) (Session 4)
14:30 LEADERSHIPAND PRODUCTIVITY (Session 5)
15:30 DISCUSSION SESSION (Moderator) (6)
15:45 CONCLUDING REMARKS (TBA) (7)

FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2021 Time: 11:00 CST
CAPRC Q1 2020 ADVISORY BOARD ZOOM MEETING
ZOOM instructions sent to pre-registered attendees only.
MEMBER RELATIONS
    Introducing three new Regional Coordinators
    Award “Certificates of Appreciation”
AGRICULTURE
CENTRAL ASIA WATER CRISIS
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
   Central Asian Leadership Seminar on Monday, April 19, 2021
   ZOOM lectures presented by Prof. John Kalaras
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
ENERGY -ANNUAL ENERGY SEMINAR
ENTREPRENEURSHIP
PRESENTATIONS:
    Professor Dr. Murad Kayacan, RC, Istanbul
    Hon. Made Sentanajaya Consul General-Indonesia
HEMINGWAY PROJECT USA- Pro. Xumar Memmedova
   From Hemingway Museum and Library, Azerbaijan
   TV Production
LEGAL Kazakhstan’s New IP Legislation
MARITIME
MARKETING

FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 14:00(CST)
FOCUS ON CENTRAL ASIA: 2021 A round table Zoom discussion
Hon. Javed Umrani, Consul General
         Pakistan Consulate General, Chicago
Hon. Engin Turesin. Consul General
         Turkish Consulate General, Chicago
ZOOM instructions sent to pre-registered attendees only.

Friday, Nov. 20, 2020
CENTRAL ASIAN ROUND TABLE BUSINESS DISCUSSION
A timely Round Table Business Discussion focused on the economic and business environment was presented by the Central Asian Productivity Research Center. Presenters , who were all regional coordinators for the CAPRC, were: Shairbek Dzhuraev, director of Crossroads Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic; Basrad Pashayev, international business consultant and entrepreneur, Baku, Azerbaijan; and Zafer Karaca, entrepreneur and attorney with offices in London, and Istanbul.

 

Az EdCAPRC INTRODUCES NEW  ZOOM
BUSINESS PROGRAM TO AZERBAIJAN UNIVERSITY

Following an administrative transition at Nakhchivan State University, Nakhchivan Autonomous  Republic, Azerbaijan, the CAPRC has been invited to revive a course it introduced 21 years ago,“Introduction to Business”, with a focus on English business terms.  

At the invitation of NSU’s Rector Elbrus Isayev, to CAPRC’s Professor Harry Lepinske, both long-time friends, the program that used to be presented by volunteers who visited the university, now will be presented, at first, for NSU faculty members, via Zoom.

CAPRC’s Chairman, Professor Harry Lepinske, has appointed Professor Paul Prabhaker administrator of this volunteer program. Professor Prabhaker who has served as vice president of global programs, at Northern Illinois University, in DeKalb, Illinois, with administration the at Illinois Institute of Technology and is chairman of the CAPRC;s Education and Training Committee, has a wealth of experience with teaching and administration for international programs.

Basrad Pashayev, a prominent business leader in Baku, will serve as the liaison between the two institutions. He was one of the original students in the CAPRC programs in Azerbaijan 21 years ago.

Kwan Segal , co-chairman for the CAPRC’s Education and Training  committee, and Anthony Preston, Executive director for Global Programs, NIU, and associate dean for MBA program, and CAPRC advisory board member, will serve as an advisors

 

Friday, November 13, 0930 Q4 Advisory Board Meeting
NIU Facility
105 W. Madison St. , 17th Floor.

October 26, 2020 CAPRC Business and Professional Institute
Nakhchivan State University On-Line Lecture:  Marketing Plans
Speaker: Jamaluddin Husain,  CAPRC 

October 19, 2020 CAPRC Business and Professional Institute
Nakhchivan State University On-Line Lecture:  Finance and Securities Markets
Speaker: Yuri Hoffman,  CAPRC 

October 12, 2020 CAPRC Business and Professional Institute
Nakhchivan State University On-Line Lecture:  Marketing
Speaker: Colleen Hickman,  CAPRC 

October 5, 2020 CAPRC Business and Professional Institute
Nakhchivan State University On-Line Lecture: Teamwork, Improving Performance, Production, Organization Management, Leadership, and Motivation
Speaker: Harry Lepinske,  CAPRC 

September 28, 2020 CAPRC Business and Professional Institute
Nakhchivan State University On-Line Lecture: Organization Management, Leadership, and Motivation
Speaker: Ronald Melka,  CAPRC 

September 21, 2020 CAPRC Business and Professional Institute
Nakhchivan State University On-Line Lecture: Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development
Speaker: Jamaluddin Husain, CAPRC  

September 14, 2020 CAPRC Business and Professional Institute
Nakhchivan State University On-Line Lecture: Introduction to Business Strategy
Speaker: Paul Prabhaker, CAPRC           

Friday, Sept 25, 0930 Q3 Advisory Board Meeting
Bemis Woods western Springs, IL Outdoors due to Corona19 Virus

August 2020 CAPRC Newsletter

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June 26, 2020 9:30 AM Preparing for Global Trade Disruption
ON-LINE SEMINAR

Since this is CAPRC’s 1st virtual seminar, there is no fee for registering or attending. However any contribution you can make to CAPRC to offset costs are greatly appreciated.
To make a donation using PayPal simply make a donation to CAPRC.Org@gmail.com

THE WORLD REOPENS
Following several months of inactivity caused by the Covid-19 virus, the Central Asian Productivity Research Center has announced a dynamic return to normalcy. Its first event is a timely conference focusing on PREPARING FOR GLOBAL TRADE DISRUPTION on Friday, June 26, followed by training programs for several foreign delegations arriving in Chicago from Central Asia.
A TIMELY PROFIT-ORIENTED EVENT
You all know the business world is changing, and changing rapidly. The infamous virus has changed much in our lives and that of business, government, and academia.
Many company decision-makers will need to review company policies, practices, and procedures. It will be an even greater challenge for those involved in international business and trade.

GREETING
Harry Lepinske, Chairman Central Asian Productivity Research Center
Paul Prabhaker Vice Chairman Central Asian Productivity Research Center

OFFICIAL WELCOME
Erin Cole, President/CEO Clinton (Iowa) Development Corporation
Former U.S. Diplomat and USAID Executive

PREPARING FOR GLOBAL TRADE DISRUPTION
Moderator: Kasi Paturi President Pan Asian American Business Council
Panelist: Alex Mathew COO Biomass Energy Systems Inc.
Panelist: Jerry Strub , Chief Executive Officer, Strategic Growth Consulting, Inc.

VIEWS FOCUSING ON EXPORTS
Moderator: Romuald J. Poplawski, President U.S. Global Corporation
Panelist: Jafer Hasnain Managing Principal Sea Spire Advisors LLC
Panelist Capt. Shahid Naseer, President and CEO SHAARS International
CAPRC Advisory Board Member

INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW WORLD TRADE CENTER (Scheduled for Thursday 10:30 AM)
PROPOSED WORLD TRADE CENTER (30 min)
Presenter: Bill Lada, World Trade/Global Trade Illinois

PLANS FOR NEW SMART CITY (30 min)
Presenter: Paul McDermott, President/CEO Civilocity Inc.

Webinar Review
Dr. Paul Prabhaker, NIU,
CAPRC Advisory Board Member

CONCLUDING REMARKS
Anthony Preston, Executive Director Global Programs College of Business NIU
CAPRC Advisory Board Membe

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 NGOs AND PUBLIC POLICY
Presented by: Central Asian Productivity Research Center
World Chicago

IMG_20200311_094638134Ron Melka, executive director for Lyons Township (Illinois) and a CAPRC associate professional, (right) is seen , stressing concepts during a training session for representatives from Kazakhstan at World Chicago, Chicago. The Central Asian Productivity Research Center’s Education and Training Committee, conducts an average of ten sessions per year for visitors from Central Asia.

Professor Melka is an adjunct professor  of public policy at Illinois Institute of Technology

9:00am Networking
9:30am OPENING REMARKS
              Nina Wilson Program Associate, World Chicago
              Professor Harry Lepinske, Chairman
              Central Asian Productivity Research Center
OFFICIAL WELCOME
             Alex Nisengolts, attorney-at-law
             Alex is an attorney at- law in Illinois, and a Russian-speaking
             professional with strong legal experience with Kazakhstan
GOVERNMENT, NGOS AND PUBLIC POLICY
             Ronald Melka, MPA, executive director
             Lyons Township Mental Health Commission
             Ron is directly involved in working with government at
             all levels and setting policies for workable programs with NGOs.
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND PUBLIC POLICY
             Jim is president of his own consulting firm, but has been
             Executive director for the Portland Cement Association (PCA)
             President of the Precast/Prestressed Cement Institute (PCI)
             Executive vice president of the American Nuclear Society
FINAL DISCUSSIONS

January 24, 2020 CENTRAL ASIAN PRODUCTIVITY RESEARCH CENTER
Q1 BUSINESS MEETING

January 17, 2020 SUCCESSFUL OFFSHORE RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS
Prominent representatives from business and academia gave timely presentations focusing on successful offshore renewable energy projects in which they are involved during the Central Asian Productivity Research Center’s annual Energy Seminar Friday, January 17.RenewableEnergy2020-8
It was hosted by the Consul General of Turkey Ayse Selcan Sanli, at the consulate conference room in Chicago.
This working relationship has produced the annual seminar for more than a decade.Prior to this alliance, the host organization, the International Press Club of Chicago, began its support in 2001.

      
RenewableEnergy2020-6Professor Harry Lepinske, CAPRC chairman, is seen opening the seminar

 

 

 

 

RenewableEnergy2020-1Opening the event was Turkish Consul General Ayse Selcan Sanli

 

 

 RenewableEnergy2020-2
Professor Ozgur Arslan-Ayaydin, finance professor, at the University of Illinois-Chicago, known for her research and writings in the field of the financial aspects of energy, is seen
Explaining “Blockchain As A Technology Backbone For An Open Market” .She also is chairman of the CARC’s energy committee.

 

RenewableEnergy2020-3Romuald Poplawski, president of U. S. Global Energy LLC, discussed “International Project Development”, focusing on solar, wind, and other alternative opportunities.

 

 

 

 

RenewableEnergy2020-4F. Lee Simmons, CTO/Head of Global Technology Department of Bioenergy Corporation, a Kaltija Company, Chicago, discussed “ Novel Waste Conversion Methods Providing Sustainable Non-Combustible Energy Generation For Urban Environments”.

 

 

RenewableEnergy2020-5Jafer Hasnain, president Seaspire Advisors LLLC, focused on “Lessons from the Frontier Markets”.

 

 

 

 Alex Mathew, chief operating officer, Biomass Energy Systems, Inc. was unable to attend. But is available to chat upon request, regarding his proposed topic, Reuse, Recycling and Conversion of Plastic Contaminated Food Waste To Products.”

Professor Harry Lepinske (right), CAPRC chairman, welcoming Ms. Katarzyna Turkey 3Szszot, a CAPRC regional coordinator in Poland, to the CAPRC Annual Energy Seminar held at the conference center of the consulate of the Turkish Republic on January 17.

Katarzyna Szszot, formerly worked with Poland’s Minster of Entrepreneurship and Technology, now is associated with the University of Economics and innovation, in Lublin, Poland. She serves on the CAPRC’s Entrepreneurship and Education and Training Committees

 January 2020  CITY  OF ROCKFORD HONORS CAPRC  BOARD MEMBER

PHOTO-2020-01-19-07-40-12The City of  Rockford’s Mayor Tom McNamara (right) is seen presenting the “Key to the City” to Shahid Naseer, a CAPRC board member and entrepreneurs, for his outstanding achievement in the city. His wife, Dr. Aliza Naseer joined him for this outstanding ceremony.

A retired merchant  sea captain, he  now operates a successful export company in Rockford, and serves as co-chairman for the CAPRC’s maritime committee.

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2018 CAPRC Year in Review

2018 14th Annual Silk Road Conference

2017 CAPRC Year in Review

2017 13th Annual Silk Road Conference

2016 CAPRC Year in Review

2016 12th Annual Silk Road Conference

2015 CAPRC Year in Review

2015 11th Annual Silk Road Conference

2014 CAPRC Year in Review

2013 CAPRC Year in Review

2012 CAPRC Year in Review

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