Dr. Vijay Kelkar begins term as new Forum Chairman

Dr. Vijay Kelkar of India, new Chairman of the board.

Dr. Vijay Kelkar of India has begun his term as Chairman of the Board of the Forum of Federations. Dr. Kelkar is the current Chairman of India’s Finance Commission. His mandate with that key government commission ends on Jan. 31, 2010.

Dr. Kelkar was appointed Chairman at the Forum’s Oct. 7, 2009 board meeting, effective Jan. 1, 2010. He replaces Dr. Arnold Koller of Switzerland, who had been the Forum’s Chairman since 2005.

At the board’s next meeting, set for Feb. 26 27, Dr. Kelkar will be presiding as the Forum’s new chair.

Dr. Koller, a former president of Switzerland, has been named a Fellow of the Forum, the organization’s highest honour. He will be celebrated on the occasion of the board meeting.

He has held senior positions in India’s public service, with international organizations and in the private sector.

Since Jan. 1, 2008 he has been the Finance Commission Chairman, in the rank of a Union Cabinet Minister.

Other key posts he has held include that of Advisor to the Minister of Finance, Government of India in the rank of a Minister of State, from August, 2002 to September, 2004; Finance Secretary, Government of India, 1998-1999; Chairman, Tariff Commission, Government of India, 1997-1998; Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India, 1994-1997.

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.

In other functions with the Government of India, Dr. Kelkar sat as the Chairman, Task Force for Implementation of the Fiscal Responsibility and Budgetary Management Act, Ministry of Finance, Government of India, 2004; Chairman, Task Force on Direct Taxes, Ministry of Finance, Government of India, 2002; and Chairman, Task Force on Indirect Taxes, Ministry of Finance, Government of India, 2002.

He has also held senior positions in the private sector, such as Chairman, Advisory Council, Citi Group, 2005- 2007; Member, Board of Directors, Tata Chemicals Ltd, Mumbai, 2004- 2007; and Member, Board of Directors, Jet Airways, Mumbai, 2004- 2007.

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