Board of Directors

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 GermanBundesrat 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.

Hans Altherr is a lawyer, entrepreneur, and former member of the Swiss Senate, with extensive experience in local, cantonal, and national governance. Mr. Altherr acted as Senate Speaker in 2011-2012, and during his role as a member of the Senate served on the Finance Committee and the Committee For Social Security, among others. He is President of the Board of the University of Applied Sciences of St Gallen and owner of a diamond and CBN tool manufacturing company. Mr. Altherr has also held a number of prominent positions in local and regional government throughout his career, including serving as the mayor of the Trogen, Chairman of the Conference of Cantons of Eastern Switzerland, and Member and President of the Government of Appenzell Outer Rhodes.

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.

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.

Muhammad Ali Gardezi is Secretary, Ministry of Interprovincial Coordination, Government of Pakistan. Previously to being appointed Secretary of the Inter-Provincial Secretariat, Mr. Gardezi was Secretary Aviation / Chairman Pakistani Civil Aviation Authority since July 2013. After graduation and passing CSS exam, he joined the Government Service (DMG Group) in 1981 and has served in the provinces of Sindh, Balochistan and Punjab. He has served as Assistant Commissioner KAMBER, Administrator Afghan Refugees, Municipal Commissioner Karachi (East), Deputy Commissioner Shikarpur in the province of Sindh. He has served as Commercial Secretary Budapest in Hungary. He has served as Additional Secretary Home, Commissioner Sibbi and Principal Secretary to Governor in the province of Balochistan. He has served as Director Finance MDA, Director General Katchi Abadi, Project Coordinator South Punjab Urban Improvement Project, Managing Director PSIC, Secretary Labour and Commissioner Multan Division in the province of Punjab. He has served as Chairman NHA Islamabad and Secretary Ministry of Climate Change.

Naini Jayaseelan is Secretary, Inter State Council Secretariat, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. Ms. Jayaseelan has held a number of senior Union and State government positions, including with the governments of Puducherry, NCT-Delhi, and Arunachal Pradesh. In her senior management roles she has overseen a number of government development projects, including the conversion of Delhi’s entire public transport fleet to compressed natural gas and significantly increasing Delhi’s forest cover in her time as Secretary, Environment and Forest, Government of Delhi. As Member Secretary of the National Capital Region (NCR) Planning Board, Ms. Jayaseelan also managed a large number of physical infrastructure projects, as well as overseeing the completion of the revised Regional Plan for the NCR, 2021.

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.

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.

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.