Board of Directors


Mr. Georg Milbradt is Chairman of the board of the Forum of Federations. Recently he has been appointed as Vice-President of the independent advisory Committee of the German Stability Council. His political career includes being Minister-President of the Federal Free State of Saxony and chair of Saxony’s Christian Democratic Union. He has been a member of the German Bundesrat as well as the Parliament of Saxony. Among other functions, he has held posts such as Minister of Finance for the State of Saxony, treasurer of the City of Münster and was a member of the German Parliament’s Conciliation Committee. Prof. Milbradt maintains an association with the faculty of economics at the University of Münster, where he earned degrees in politics and economics.

deChastelain General John de Chastelain is a retired Canadian soldier and diplomat. He heads the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning, which is responsible for ensuring the decommissioning of arms by paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland. He was part of the negotiations leading up to the Good Friday Agreement in 1988 that brought peace to Northern Ireland. In 1993, he served as Canada's ambassador to the United States. His military career began in 1960 with a BA in history from Canada’s Royal Military College and a commission in the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry.

Ms. Vandana Chavan is a Member of Parliament of India, a post to which she was elected in April 2012. She is a Member of the Parliamentary Committee on Water Resources, Parliamentary Forum on Water Conservation and Management, and Parliamentary Committee on Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme. Ms. Chavan has also published two books: Law of Cruelty, Abetment of Suicide and Dowry Death (co-author) and Green India - Clean India, Swapna Udyachi-Sundar Jagachi (a reference book in Marathi on climate change).  

Mr. Hare Krushna Dash is Secretary of the Inter-State Council Secretariat, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. Throughout his career he has led numerous public and private sector organizations. He is a former Chairman of the Gujarat Ecological Commission and Gujarat Maritime Board, and former Director of the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency.  Mr. Dash has extensive experience in government administration, and particular expertise in natural resource management. In his various roles working in areas such as mining, ports and fisheries, water resources, and forestry, he has implemented initiatives and reforms that have significantly contributed to the development of more effective administrative policies.

Mr. Andreas Eshete is Advisor to the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia with the rank of minister and CEO of the Tana High-­Level Forum on Security in Africa. Dr. Eshete was President of Addis Ababa University until March 2011.He is a Professor of Law and Philosophy, UNESCO Chair for Human Rights, Peace and Democracy at Addis Ababa University. Throughout his career, Dr. Eshete has taught at a number of American universities, among them: Brown, UCLA, UC-Berkeley and Penn.


Mr. Ramón Galindo was elected in 2006 to a six-year term as Senator of the Republic of Mexico where he was the President of the Senate Committee on Municipal Development and a Member of the Committee on State Reform. He was a Federal House Representative in the National Congress from 2003-2006, Mayor of the City of Juárez from 1995-1998, president of the Mexican Association of Municipalities in 1996, Director of Social Development for the City of Juárez from 1992-1995, and a House Representative in the State Congress of Chihuahua from 1989-1992.


Ms. Ana Carolina Lorena is Advisor for International Affairs at the Under Secretariat for Federative Affairs of the Presidency of the Republic of Brazil, working in the area of decentralized cooperation and institutional relations. She has been with the Brazilian public service since 2004, performing a number of senior roles, including advisor for international affairs at the Ministry of Science and Technology and International Advisor to the Minister of Health in the area of regional integration of Mercosur and UNASUR.

porier Ms. Johanne Poirier is a member of the Public Law Centre at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), and an expert on constitutional and legal aspects of federal governance, intergovernmental agreements, the Supreme Court and the European Union. Professor Poirier completed her graduate studies jointly at the University of Cambridge and the ULB, specializing in comparative federalism. She has published numerous works on law and intergovernmental agreements in Belgium, Canada, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Mr. Thomas Pfisterer is a former judge of the Swiss Federal Supreme Court and has served for 25 years in the Swiss judicial system. He was also a Governor of the Canton of Aargau and a member of the Swiss Senate. He taught Constitutional and Administrative Law and Mediation at the University of Saint Gallen. A graduate of Basle, Berne, Yale and the Swiss Bar Association, Prof. Pfisterer is currently an Attorney at Law associated with the Law firm Voser Attorneys at Law/ Rechtsanwälte in Baden.


Mr. Mian Raza Rabbani, a lawyer and constitutional scholar, is a member of the Senate of Pakistan and a Deputy Secretary General of the Pakistan People’s Party. He is Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security and serves on a number of other parliamentary committees, including Law, Justice, Human Rights, Rules of Procedures and Privileges, Defense Production and Planning and Development. He was awarded Pakistan’s highest civil award for his Parliamentary Services and is a recipient of the Services of Human Rights Award of the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights. For his advocacy for the rights of the Provinces, he is the recipient of the Bacha Khan and Bizenjo Awards in Pakistan.


Ms. Salma Siddiqui is an Ottawa based entrepreneur and community activist.  In addition to owning a corporate travel agency and a real estate development business, Ms. Siddiqui has been active in the NGO community across Canada. She is currently Chair of the Coalition of Progressive Canadian Muslim Organizations, sits on the RCMP/CSIS Muslim Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Canadian Ethnocultural Council. In 2013, the Government of Canada honoured her with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2011, Ottawa Life Magazine places her on the list of 50 Most Influential People in the capital. Ms. Siddiqui is also the 2006 recipient of the Women of Distinction for Entrepreneurial Community Giving Award, given out by YWCA Canada.

wilkins Mr. Roger Wilkins is former Secretary of the Attorney-General’s Department, a position he has held since September 2008. Prior to that, he was head of the Government and Public Sector Group Australia and New Zealand with Citi and was Citi’s global public sector leader on climate change from 2006-2008. From 1992-2006, Mr. Wilkins was the director-General of The Cabinet Office in New South Wales where he played a leading role in areas of reform in administration and law, corporatization and micro-economic entities. Prior to that, he held an academic position at Sydney University Law School.  

Past Chair of the Forum of Federations



Mr.Vijay Kelkar was Chairman of the board of the Forum of Federations from 2009-2013. He was the chairman of India’s Finance Commission until Jan. 31, 2010, a post of federal cabinet minister ranking. Dr. Kelkar has held senior positions in India’s public service, with international organizations and in the private sector. Internationally, Dr. Kelkar was executive director at the International Monetary Fund for India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Bhutan from 1999-2002; and, director & coordinator, international trade division of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Geneva, Switzerland, 1991-1994.. More info


Mr. Arnold Koller was Chairman of the Board of the Forum of Federations from 2005- 2010. Throughout his career, he has held a number of distinguished posts, including President of Switzerland’s House of Representatives and President of the Swiss Confederation in 1990 and 1997. He was also Professor for Swiss and European trade and commercial law at the School of Graduate Studies of the University of St. Gallen and President of the Cantonal Court of Appenzell Innerrhoden. He is the co-author of Federalism in a Changing World: Learning from Each Other, Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2003.

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