Senior Advisers to the Forum of Federations provide advice on the development of the organization’s research and program agenda.
George Anderson advises the UN and various NGOs on constitutional transitions. Fellow, Centre on Democracy and Diversity, Queen’s University. Former Deputy Minister in Government of Canada, former President and CEO of the Forum of Federations, and former member of stand-by team of the Mediation Support Unit, United Nations. Has worked in some 30 countries. Educated at Queen’s, Oxford and École Nationale d’Administration, Paris. Past fellow at Harvard and New York University. Author of Federalism: An Introduction (OUP, 2008) and Fiscal Federalism: An Introduction (OUP, 2010), translated into 23 and 13 languages respectively, with the former having over 100,000 copies in print. Editor of Oil and Gas in Federal Systems (OUP, 2012) and Internal Markets and Multilevel Governance (OUP, 2012). Co-editor of Federal Rivers (Edward Elgar, 2014) and Territory and Power in Constitutional Transitions (OUP, 2019).
Sujit Choudhry is an internationally recognized authority on comparative constitutional law and politics, who has spoken in over thirty countries, and combines a wide-ranging research agenda with in-depth field experience as an advisor to constitution building processes, including in Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Myanmar, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Ukraine and Yemen.
Choudhry has been a constitutional advisor for over 20 years in a broad variety of contexts (including during ceasefires and conditions of political violence). His experience includes: technical advice to multi-party dialogues, facilitating public dialogue sessions with civil society groups and other stakeholders, leading stakeholder consultations, performing detailed advisory work with technical experts; training civil servants and bureaucrats; engaging party leaders and parliamentarians; and drafting technical reports and memoranda in the field.
Choudhry has published over 100 articles, book chapters, working papers and reports. His books include The Migration of Constitutional Ideas (Cambridge, 2006), Constitutional Design for Divided Societies: Integration or Accommodation? (Oxford, 2008), The Oxford Handbook of the Indian Constitution (Oxford, 2016), Constitution Making (Edward Elgar, 2016), Territory and Power in Constitutional Transitions (Oxford, 2019) and Security Sector Reform in Constitutional Transitions (Oxford, 2019).
Dr. Alan Fenna is Professor of Politics at The John Curtin Institute of Public Policy, Curtin University, Western Australia. He specialises in Australian and comparative federalism as well as public policy. He is co-author of Comparative Federalism: a systematic inquiry, 2nd edn (2015) and Interrogating Public Policy Theory: a political values perspective (2019); co-editor of Australian Government and Politics (2021); and author or co-author of a range of book chapters and journal articles. He worked in the Federal Affairs division of the Department of Premier and Cabinet of the Government of Western Australia; was an elected member of local government; and served as President of the Australian Political Studies Association (APSA) 2009–2010.
Fatima Guerreiro is a Fiscal Auditor of the Ministry of Finance of the State of Bahia, Brazil. She holds a Masters (LLM) in International Economic Law from Warwick University, UK, a Certificate in Tax Law from the Federal University of Bahia and a BA in Law from the Catholic University of Salvador, Brazil. Fatima manages the Fiscal Forum of the Brazilian States (FFEB), an organization of the ministries of finances of the Brazilian states that seeks to strengthen inter-governmental relations and improve fiscal federalism in Brazil. She co-ordinates the program of studies of FFEB supported by the Federal School of Public Finance Administration. Fatima also led a process which concluded with an agreement of technical co-operation between the Brazilian States and the Forum of Federations. She also worked on the conception of Brazilian states tax legislation and on the design of theoretical basis on fiscal issues for the Brazilian States. Fatima’s work is conducted with or in parallel to CONFAZ – Council of Ministers of Finance of the States, a body in charge of tax policies.
Amit Gupta was an Associate Professor at the United States Air Force War College. His research has focused on international security issues, demography, and popular culture and politics. His articles have been published in Orbis, Asian Survey, Security Dialogue, Prism, The International Journal of the History of Sport, and The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs. He has written a research report for the Forum on Reintegrating Armed Groups in Yemen.
André Juneau is a fellow at the Queen’s University Institute of Intergovernmental Relations in Kingston, Ontario, and was its Director from 2010 to 2013. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority where he served as interim CEO from September 2017 to July 2018. He is a past president of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada. He was previously Canada’s resident board member at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. In the Canadian public service, he served as assistant deputy minister in immigration, in health, and in intergovernmental relations. He was appointed in 2000 as a deputy secretary to the Cabinet for operations. From 2002 to 2006, he served as the first deputy minister of Infrastructure, and starting in 2004, Infrastructure and Communities.
John Kincaid is the Robert B. and Helen S. Meyner Professor of Government and Public Service and Director of the Meyner Center for the Study of State and Local Government at Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania; an elected fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration; and recipient of Distinguished Scholar Awards from the American Political Science Association, American Society of Public Administration, and International Political Science Association. He served as Senior Editor of the Global Dialogue on Federalism, a joint project of the Forum of Federations and International Association of Centers for Federal Studies (2001-2015); Editor of Publius: The Journal of Federalism (1981-2006); and Executive Director of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, Washington, D.C. (1988-1994). He has written various works on federalism and intergovernmental relations and, recently, edited A Research Agenda for Federalism Studies (Elgar 2019) and co-edited Courts in Federal Countries: Federalists or Unitarists? (Toronto 2017).
Dr. Sabine Kropp is Professor of German Politics at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. She specialises on comparative federalism and public policy, with an emphasis on Germany and post-Soviet countries. She is co-editor of Emerging Federal Structures in the Post-Cold War Era (2022); Accommodation of Regional and Ethno-cultural Diversity in Ukraine (2021); and Ten years of federalism reform in Germany (Special Issue of Regional and Federal Studies (2016), and published numerous articles and book chapters. She worked as chief of staff of the Minister of Housing and Transport (State Government of Saxony-Anhalt) and has served as an advisor to state parliaments, governments and courts.
André Lecours is full Professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. His main research interests are Canadian politics, European politics, nationalism (with a focus on Quebec, Scotland, Flanders, Catalonia and the Basque country) and federalism. He is the editor of New Institutionalism. Theory and Analysis published by the University of Toronto Press in 2005, the author of Basque Nationalism and the Spanish State (University of Nevada Press, 2007), and the co-author (with Daniel Béland) of Nationalism and Social Policy. The Politics of Territorial Solidarity (Oxford University Press, 2008).
Francis Kok-Wah Loh, a Malaysian, was Professor of Politics in Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang until his retirement in 2012. He has been a Visiting Scholar/Research Fellow at Monash and Melbourne Universities in Australia, in Kyoto University, and at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. He has won research grants awarded by the Swedish International Development Agency (1996-2002), The Ford Foundation (2005-2008), and served as Director of the Regional Workshop of the Asian Public Intellectual Fellowship Program (Nippon Foundation) in 2010-11. He has consulted for the UNDP, the UNRISD and the Penang State Government. He has been associated with the Forum since 2005: he contributed articles to two volumes of the Global Dialogue on Federalism; hosted and facilitated the ‘South and Southeast Asian Regional Meeting on Service Delivery’ in Penang (Nov 2012); and has been involved in the Myanmar Project for Federalism and Inclusive Governance since 2012. Francis is also closely associated with Aliran, a multiethnic human rights organisation based in Penang. He was Secretary for 20-odd years and President from 2011-2016. He received his BA (summa cum laude) from Dartmouth College (1974) and his PhD in Political Science and Southeast Asian Studies from Cornell University (1980). He has published several books and many articles on Malaysian and Southeast Asian politics.
Neophytos Loizides is Professor in International Conflict Analysis at the University of Kent and the Director of the Conflict Analysis Research Centre (CARC). He has previously taught at Queen’s University Belfast and Princeton University and held fellowships at the University of Essex and the Kennedy School of Government. His research focuses on political institution building within violently divided societies, power-sharing and other formal or informal mechanisms aiming to mitigate protracted disputes. Professor Loizides is the author of The Politics of Majority Nationalism: Framing Peace, Stalemates, and Crises, Designing Peace: Cyprus and Institutional Innovations in Divided Societies, and Mediating Power-Sharing (with Feargal Cochrane and Thibaud Bodson). He has authored more than forty academic articles and book chapters in the areas of conflict regulation, forced displacement and political accommodation in deeply divided societies including most recently work published in the European Journal of Political Research, the International Journal of Constitutional Law, Political Psychology, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and International Migration. He has also consulted various governmental bodies and international organizations including the Council of Europe and the Organization of American States and has contributed commentaries to international media such as the Guardian, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.
Rekha Saxena teaches at the Department of Political Science, University of Delhi. She has published over eleven books. Her recent publications include: Varieties of Federal Governance: Major Contemporary Models, Foundation: Cambridge University Press, India (2010), Mapping Canadian Federalism for India, Konark (2002), Situating Federalism: Mechanisms of Intergovernmental Relations in Canada and India, Manohar (2006), India at the Polls: Parliamentary Elections in the Federal Phase, Orient Longman (2003), Indian Politics: Constitutional Design and Institutional Functioning, Prentice Hall India (2011), Federalizing India in the Age of Globalization, Primus (2013), Indian Judiciary :the changing Landscape, Manohar (2007) and Indian Parliament: The Changing Landscape, Manohar (2014).
Leslie Seidle is a public policy consultant based in Montreal and a senior advisor with the Forum of Federations. He directs the research program Canada’s Changing Federal Community for the Institute for Research on Public Policy. He previously held a number of senior positions in the Government of Canada, including director general of Strategic Policy and Research, Intergovernmental Affairs in the Privy Council Office. He is the author of Rethinking the Delivery of Public Services to Citizens (1995) and numerous articles on immigration, federalism, constitutional reform, public management and electoral reform. Dr. Seidle has edited/co-edited 13 books, including Immigrant Integration in Federal Countries (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2012) and Belonging? Diversity, Recognition and Shared Citizenship in Canada (IRPP, 2007).
Sandeep Shastri is the Vice Chancellor of Jagran Lakecity University, Bhopal, India. He was earlier Pro Vice Chancellor of Jain University and Director of its Centre for Research in Social Science and Education (CERSSE) (2009-2020). Prior to that he was on the Faculty of the Department of Political Science, Bangalore University (1984-2004) and headed the Social Science Research Centre and Teacher Training Academy of the Jain Group of Institutions (2004-2009). He is currently the National Coordinator of the Lokniti Network a group of scholars involved in Survey based Election Studies in India. He was a Fellow of the Salzburg Seminar (1993), Participant in the International Visitor (IV) Program (1995), Shastri Indo-Canadian Fellow (1999), Ford Foundation South-South Fellow (2001), Adjunct Professor, University of California, Berkeley. He has been actively involved in the Forum of Federations projects in Nepal, Sudan, South Sudan and Myanmar.
Enid Slack is the Director of the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance (IMFG) at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. Enid works on municipal finance and governance issues for agencies such as the Forum of Federations, World Bank, International Growth Centre, UN Habitat, Asian Development Bank, and Inter-American Development Bank in countries that include Brazil, China, Chile, Colombia, India, Mexico, Mongolia, the Philippines, and South Africa. She has written numerous books and articles on property taxes, intergovernmental transfers, and municipal infrastructure finance. She co-edited two books for the Forum – one on Finance and Governance of Capital Cities in Federal Systems and the other on Governance and Finance of Metropolitan Areas in Federal Systems. In 2012, Enid was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Jason Tabarias is an expert in public policy, public administration and economics with a background in consulting, government and academia.
Jason has held senior leadership roles in top-tier strategy, policy and economics consulting firms where he focused on supporting governments’ biggest challenges in social, economic and environmental policy. Jason’s is Director of Economic Impact at Accenture Strategy in Australia, and has previously worked for Deloitte in New Zealand and PwC in the United Kingdom.
Jason has also held senior roles in government in Australia and New Zealand. Jason was previously an executive in Department of the Premier and Cabinet Victoria (Australia) in both the Intergovernmental Relations and Public Sector Reform and Performance branches, as well as being the Director for Taskforces on the Reform of Australia’s Federation and Reform of Australia’s Taxation System. Jason was also a senior advisor at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, New Zealand where he led on citizen and data-centred approaches to policy development.
Jason was previously an Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne (Victoria, Australia) where he taught public policy and economics in graduate and professional programmes. Jason holds a Masters of Economics from Victoria University, Wellington.