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CONFERENCE SPEAKERS: A BRIEF BIODATA - 2018
(as at November 29, 2018)
OUR FORMER HONORARY PRESIDENT
Professor Klaus Vogel (Germany): Professor Klaus Vogel was professor emeritus at the University of Munich. Prior to that date, he had been a professor at Erlangen-Nurembourg University (1964-66), Heidelberg (1966-77) and Munich (from 1977), where he retired as professor of public law and head of the Research Centre for German and International Tax Law. He was a member of the Permanent Scientific Committee of the International Fiscal Association from 1974-1990 and a visiting professor at Harvard, Berkeley, Perugia and Vienna universities. Over the years, he had written about 15 books and 240 articles on constitutional, administrative and tax law. He was the principal author of the renowned book on "Double Taxation Conventions". Professor Vogel passed away in December 2007 in Germany.
OUR CONFERENCE DIRECTOR: Roy Rohatgi (India/UK): Roy retired as Worldwide Partner in Arthur Andersen (London office) in the mid-nineties after nearly 25 years with the firm. In the eighties, he spent several years in Mumbai (Bombay) where he established and ran the Indian member firm of Arthur Andersen. Over the years, he has been a Visiting Professor in international taxation in several universities and also an author of the book "Basic International Taxation". Roy is settlor and managing trustee of the Foundation for International Taxation, which he set up in 2006 to run this conference visualized and run by him annually in India since 1995.
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OUR GUESTS OF HONOUR (2018)
Justice P P Bhatt (Judge of the Gujarat High Court) (India): Justice Pradipkumar Premshanker Bhat, former Judge, Gujarat High Court, was appointed President of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) on October 24, 2018. He was renowned for his deep knowledge of varied laws and administrative experience during his career as a lawyer. Justice Bhatt had appeared in several matters relating to Constitutional Law, Service Law, Civil as well as Criminal Law. He had served as the Registrar General of the High Court of Gujarat and had deep knowledge about the administrative aspects of the judiciary. Justice Bhatt was elevated as an Additional Judge, High Court of Gujarat and was transferred to the High Court of Jharkhand on 27th June, 2011 and thereafter re-transferred to the Gujarat High Court. Justice Bhatt has been party to several judgements of the Jharkhand High Court on income-tax law including CIT vs. Shakti Spring Industries 2013 (1) J.L.J.R.260 (s. 43B), Shree Ganesh Trading Co. vs. CIT 257 CTR 159 (statement recorded u/s. 132(4)), Central Coal Fields vs. CIT 209 Taxman 150 (s. 226 attachment), CIT vs. Tata Yodogawa 351 ITR 379 etc. The learned judge retired on 6th September 2018.
Robert Stack (USA): Bob Stack is a Managing Director in Deloitte's Washington National Tax international tax practice where he advises U.S. companies on a full range of international tax issues and collaborates with Deloitte's global member firms on international tax developments and initiatives, including those from the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD). Until January of this year, he was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Tax Affairs in the Office of Tax Policy at the US Department of the Treasury. He worked directly with the assistant secretary of tax policy and the international tax counsel in developing and implementing all aspects of U.S international tax policy, including treaties, regulations and legislative proposals. He was also the official representative of the Obama administration and represented the U.S. government at the OECD where he was involved in all aspects of the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) initiative. Prior to joining the Treasury, Mr. Stack had over 26 years of experience in international tax matters, representing both corporations and individuals
William Morris (USA): William is PwC's Deputy Global Tax Policy Leader. In this role, he advises companies how best to navigate today's ever-evolving international business landscape. Prior to joining PwC, He spent 17 years at General Electric directing GE's Global Tax Policy Program. From 1995-97, he worked at the IRS, and from 1997-2000, he worked in the Office of Tax Policy at the U.S. Treasury. He was appointed Chair of the AmCham EU Tax Committee in Brussels and Chair of the BIAC Tax Committee (Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD) in Paris. As BIAC Tax Committee Chair, he has been closely involved in all aspects of the BEPS project, including follow-up and implementation, participating in public OECD consultations, coordinating and filing comments on behalf of business, and meeting with many formal and informal OECD groupings as well as national governments. He has degrees in history, law, and theology from Trinity College Cambridge, the University of Virginia, and St Mellitus College, respectively.
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IFA WORLDWIDE PRESIDENTS
Murray Clayson (UK): Murray Clayson is the current President of the International Fiscal Association Worldwide, appointed for the next four years in October 2017. He is a tax partner in the international law firm of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London, United Kingdom. He specializes in international tax transactions, tax dispute resolution and transfer pricing. He also holds a PhD from London University for research in financial transfer pricing.
Porus Kaka (India): Porus is the immediate past President of the International Fiscal Association Worldwide. He was the first President from the Asian Region in its 75 years' history. Previously, he represented India in the IFA's Permanent Scientific Committee. He is a Trustee of International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (Netherlands). He is also on the Editorial Board of the World Tax Journal and completed his LLM from Harvard Law School in the USA.
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OUR OECD SPEAKERS
OUR "KLAUS VOGEL" SPEAKER (2018)
Pascal Saint-Amans (France) is our Klaus Vogel ("Keynote) Speaker at our conference this year :
Pascal is the Director of the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration (CTPA). He joined OECD in September 2007 in its International Cooperation and Tax Competition Division in September 2007 where he played a key role in the in the advancement of the OECD tax transparency agenda in the context of the G20. In October 2009, he was appointed the Head of the Global Forum Division, created to service the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. He is the initiator and driving force of the current G20-led OECD initiative on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) since its inception in 2013.
Monica Bhatia (India): Monica has been the head of the Global Forum Secretariat at the OECD in Paris since 2012 on secondment from the Indian Revenue. This forum manages the Multilateral Framework on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes of member countries and jurisdictions. The forum also monitors and peer reviews them against agreed international standards of exchange of information on request and of automatic exchange of financial account information. Monica is a career tax officer in the Indian Revenue with over 20 years' experience in the Indian Ministry of Finance and Indian Tax Administration.
Jeffrey Van Hove (New Zealand): Jeffrey is the Acting Head of the Tax Treaties, Transfer Pricing and Financial Transactions Division at the OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration. Prior to joining the OECD in July, Jeff was Director of Global Tax Planning and Reporting at Amazon. He has also served as the Tax Legislative Counsel in the US Treasury Department and was a partner at the law firm of Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York.
John Peterson (Australia): John is Head of Aggressive Tax Planning Unit at the OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration (CTPA). He joined OECD's BEPS Project in 2013 to work on Hybrids and Mandatory Disclosure. John also assists JITSIC (an information exchange network of over 40 tax administrations) on information exchange. More recently, he helped the joint working group on Mandatory Disclosure Rules for CRS Avoidance Arrangements. John is currently working with the Taskforce on Digital Economy on the tax challenges of economic digitalization.
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OUR IBFD SPEAKERS
Prof. Dr. Craig West: Craig is Managing Editor of IBFD's World Tax Journal and the IBFD Doctoral Series. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town. His areas of expertise are international and South African income tax. He has regularly presented papers at conferences and seminars on both international and South African taxation and has served as the national reporter for South Africa on several occasions. He has also worked as a visiting researcher at the Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law (WU, Vienna) (2015) and at the Fiscal Institute for Taxation (UvT, Tilburg) (2013). He is a member and Secretary General of the South African IFA branch.
Belema R. Obuoforibo: Belema is the Director of the IBFD Knowledge Centre and Member of IBFD's Executive Board. She is also Chair of the Centre for Studies in African Taxation (CSAT). Before joining IBFD, Belema worked in London for many years as a UK Chartered Tax Adviser, specializing in the taxation of high net worth individuals and owner-managers. Over the years, she has published widely on cross-border taxation and worked in an advisory capacity for various African governments."
A.(Ola) Ostaszewska: Ola is the Head of the European Knowledge Group at IBFD, and, in that capacity, she is the most senior technical (tax) Manager in IBFD. She is also the Chief Editor of European Taxation, the flagship IBFD journal on European tax issues. Ms Ostaszewska is also Chair of the EU Tax Law Study Group which is IBFD's in-house think tank on EU law. She is also a lecturer at several universities, including Maastricht University, the University of Amsterdam, and the University of Cape Town. She has special significance in this FIT conference because she is the Managing Editor of our new book, "Roy Rohatgi on International Taxation". She led the technical team that redesigned, wrote and edited this latest volume. As Managing Editor of the book, she was in charge of all the technical work on the book and was responsible for ensuring the high quality work which has now been produced by IBFD.
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OUR INDIAN REVENUE SPEAKERS
Rajat Bansal (India): Rajat is a Joint Secretary (Foreign Tax & Tax Research) in the Ministry of Finance, and the Indian Competent Authority for treaty-related matters in India. He is the central contact point in India for several BEPS Action Points, including the Ad-hoc Group for Multilateral Instrument. Currently, he is actively involved in the G20 discussions at the OECD on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting as one of India's lead representatives.
Rasmi Ranjan Das (India): Rasmi is the Joint Secretary (Tax Policy & Legislation)-I, Central Board of Direct Taxes, Government of India. He has wide experience as Member of Indian Revenue Service in policy making and implementing Direct Tax Laws in India. He is also the Indian delegate in OECD's Tax Force on Digital Economy and Member of TFDE Bureau and involved in finalization of interim report of TFDE/IF in March 2018
Pramod Kumar (India): Pramod is a senior tax judge (vice-president) as a Member of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal in India. He is also a former Director (2011-2016) of the International Association of Tax Judges, set up by the Tax Court of Canada. He is recognized worldwide for his high-quality judicial decisions in the field of Indian international taxation and transfer pricing, and is a regular speaker at international tax conferences.
G S Pannu (India): Justice Pannu is Vice President with the Indian Tax Appeal Tribunal, currently based in Mumbai in India.
Akhilesh Ranjan (India): Akhilesh is Member, Central Board of Direct Taxes and the Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax (International), Government of India since his appointment in mid-2016. Previously, he was the Indian Competent Authority and Joint ((Foreign Tax & Tax Research), in the Ministry of Finance for three years (2013-16). Over the years, he has successfully led India's participation as a G20 member in the OECD's BEPS Project. In early 2000s, he was responsible for the introduction of tax rules governing transfer pricing in India.
Pragya Saksena (India): Pragya is currently the Competent Authority for Europe and America and a joint secretary (Foreign Tax & Tax Research) in the Ministry of Finance in India. Over the years, she has been a Vice-Chair of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Tax Matters and Coordinator of the Committee on ICS and software issues under Article 12 of the UN Model.
Rahul Navin (India): Rahul is presently Additional Director of Income Tax (Vigilance) in India. Previously, he was Commissioner of Income Tax (Transfer Pricing-1) and also served as Director in the Foreign Tax and Tax Research Division and has made significant contribution in improving global transparency in tax matters in India. He has recently authored a Book on "Information Exchange & Tax Transparency: Tackling Global Tax Evasion and Avoidance" published by LexisNexis in January, 2017.
Sanjeev Sharma (India): Sanjeev is presently working as an APA (Advance Pricing Agreement) Commissioner with the Indian Revenue Service. He has more than 28 years of working experience in the Indian Tax Administration and has represented the Revenue in the tax proceedings as well as in various committees constituted by the Central Board of Direct Tax dealing with Indian taxation of multinationals, including under the BEPS Project. He was an advisor in the OECD Secretariat in Paris for more than three years (2010 to 2013) where he worked on tax transparency and exchange of information issues..
Kamlesh Varshney (India): Kamlesh is currently Commissioner of Income Tax in Delhi on international taxation. He is an IRS officer who has worked as Director in CBDT on Tax Policy and Foreign Tax. He was also involved in rolling out the APA program in India and was its first Commissioner. He has also worked for five years with tax administration of Papua New Guinea. He was empanelled by UNDP as an expert for helping developing countries in tax administration
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OUR SPECIAL SPEAKERS
Robert Danon (Switzerland): Robert is a Professor of International Tax Law at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) where he heads its Tax Policy Center, Master of Advanced Studies in International Taxation and Executive Program in Transfer Pricing. He is a member of various academic and professional tax organizations and currently serves as the Chairman of the Permanent Scientific Committee (PSC) of the International Fiscal Association.
Milind Kothari (India): Milind is the Managing Partner of BDO in India, a leading global professional services organization offering tax, accounting, assurance and advisory services. He heads the firm's Tax and Regulatory practice and has 36 years of experience handling critical Tax, Transfer Pricing, Cross-Border Tax & Transaction Advisory engagements of the firm. His team has been consistently rated as the leading Tax and Transfer Pricing team in India by the coveted publication 'International Tax Review' from 2014-17. Milind has been also instrumental in leading his Firm in the newly introduced Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code and are doing pioneering work in resolution of large mandates of defaulting Corporate Debtors.
Michael Lennard (UN): Michael is the Chief of International Tax Cooperation in the Financing for Development Office of the United Nations. His work focuses on ensuring the fairness and workability of international tax norms, including achieving greater developing country input into those norms, and encouraging cooperation to improve tax systems as a spur to sustained development. Previously, he was a tax treaty adviser in the OECD Tax Treaty Secretariat for three years. and prior to that he worked on tax treaty and other international tax matters at the Australian Tax Office.
Jeffrey Owens (UK): Jeffrey is a Professor and the Director of the Global Tax Policy Center at the Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law, WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business). In addition to his academic role, Jeffrey is also the Senior Policy Advisor to the Global Vice Chair of Tax at Ernst & Young, and to several governments and other organizations. For over 20 years, Jeffrey led the OECD Tax Work based in Paris. He is active in academia, tax practice and policy. For his contributions to the International tax community the Queen of the United Kingdom awarded him the "Companion of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, in 2013.
Himanshu Parekh (India): Himanshu is a Partner and Head of Corporate and International Tax at KPMG in India. He advises multinationals on complex tax issues and helps clients in developing appropriate strategies for tax planning & restructuring of operations. While he has been advising clients across a range of industries, he specializes in the Technology, Media & Entertainment and Telecommunications sector.
Radhakishan Rawal (India): Radhakishan has more than 20 years of experience advising clients on various tax and regulatory issues. He has also advised private equity and real estate investments transactions in India. He plays a key role in the Centre of Excellence (CoE) of Deloitte. CoE is a team of tax professionals that provide regular guidance to the tax practice on technical aspects.
Parthasarathi Shome (India): Parthasarathi Shome is Chairman, International Tax Research and Analysis Foundation (ITRAF), based in Bangalore, India. He is currently a Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics, Faculty of Law (2017-18); a Member of the Board of Directors, International Tax and Investment Center (ITIC), Washington D.C., a member of the Academic Board of Advanced Diploma in International Taxation (ADIT), from 2015; and Member, Forum on Economic and Fiscal Policy (FEFP), The Hague. Over the years, he has held several other senior advisory and academic positions on taxation and in recent years was mentioned frequently among the Global Tax 50 by the International Tax Review.

For information only: Other senior positions held by him in the past include: Member of the Audit Advisory Board, Comptroller & Auditor General of India (CAG), 2015-2017; Chairman (Minister of State), Tax Administration Reform Commission (TARC), Government of India, (2013-15); Adviser (Minister of State) to the Indian Finance Minister, 2013-14; Chairman, Expert Committee on General Anti-Avoidance Rules (GAAR), Government of India (July-October 2012); Chief Economist, Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC), United Kingdom (2008-11); and Adviser (Secretary) to the Indian Finance Minister (2004-08). He has served at the IMF in various capacities since 1983, including as Director (Ambassador), IMF Singapore (2001-03), Chief of Tax Policy (1992-95), and as the first Senior Economist in the Office of the Managing Director (1988-89). He has provided technical assistance in the fiscal field to over 30 countries in Africa and Asia. He rose to a tenured Professorship post at The American University, Washington D.C. (1975- 83). His Ph.D. is from Southern Methodist University, Dallas (1975), master's degrees from the University of Rochester (1973) and Delhi School of Economics (1972), Bachelors (Hons.) Degree from Presidency College, Calcutta University (1970), and High School Matriculation from Madras University (1966). He received the Jeanne S. Mattersdorf Award of the National Tax Association of America as "an outstanding student in the field of taxation and public finance" for his Ph.D. thesis on the incidence of the corporation income tax (1972). He was a National Scholar of India at his high school matriculation (1966). He is a President's Scout (1965).His publications in peer reviewed journals include Journal of Economic Theory (United States), Journal of Public Economics (Netherlands), IMF Staff Papers, National Tax Journal (US), Oxford Economic Papers (UK), Oxford Review of Economic Policy (UK), Public Finance (Europe), Public Finance Quarterly (US), and several other international and national journals. His edited books are published by Business Standard Publishers, Cambridge University Press, CenTax, International Monetary Fund, Lexis Nexis, Orient Blackswan, Oxford University Press, Routledge, Springer, and Wolters Kluwer. international conferences. He received the highest civilian honour of the Brazilian Government, Commander of the Order of the Southern Cross, in 2000, for his contributions to Brazilian tax reforms. He was among the 2012, 2013 and 2015 Global Tax 50 of the International Tax Review, who as "individuals and organizations made a substantial impact on tax practice and administration" during the year.
Sam Sim (Singapore): Sam was until recently the Regional Vice-President (Europe, Middle-East, Africa, Asia and Latin America), for Tax Executive Institute and chair of Capital Markets Tax Committee Transfer Pricing sub-committee. He was previously Deputy Global Head of Transfer Pricing at a leading European multinational Transfer Pricing Leader of the largest US IT multinational. He is the author of Singapore Master Transfer Pricing Guide (Walter Kluwer CCH). He has lectured widely on international and transfer pricing issues at various tax programmes in universities and professional bodies
Girish Vanvari (India): Girish is the Founder at Transaction Square, a Tax, Regulatory and Business Advisory Firm. Girish had a 13 year stint with KPMG and had been the National Leader for Tax at KPMG India. Prior to KPMG, Girish was at Arthur Andersen for over a decade. His experience includes advising on many of the largest M&A deals and restructuring transactions in India on a year-to-year basis. Furthermore, he has worked with many large multinationals and Indian promoter companies in advising them on various tax and regulatory issues.
Mike Williams (UK): Mike is Director Business and International Tax at HM Treasury in the UK. He is responsible for all direct and international taxes. His main tax expertise is in international tax and banking in the UK. He is the UK delegate to the OECD's Committee on Fiscal Affairs, Chair group to create the BEPS multilateral instrument on tax treaty measures. Previously, he was a member of the Steering Group of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. He has held several positions in the UK Revenue dealing in both direct and direct taxes at the HM Treasury. During 2001-2004, he was Deputy Director (International) and Competent Authority in UK.
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OUR SESSION CHAIRMEN AND PANEL LEADERS

Clive Baxter (Denmark): Clive is the Head of Tax Governance and Policy at A.P. Moller - Maersk A/S, a listed global enterprise headquartered in Denmark. Maersk's activities are focused on transportation and logistics. He is a qualified chartered accountant in the UK and Denmark. He was President of the EMEA Chapter of the Tax Executives Institute and during 2015-2016 was Vice President of Region XI (Asia, Latin America and EMEA). He is currently a member of the TEI Executive Committee and of the ICC Taxation Commission.

Pranay Bhatia (India): Pranay is a Partner with the Tax & Regulatory practice of BDO in India and operates out of Mumbai office. Before joining BDO, he has worked with Economic Laws Practice (ELP) in the Direct Tax team. He has also advised and assisted in implementing M&A transactions and other restructuring exercises from corporate and tax laws perspective.

Arvind P. Datar (India): Arvind is one of the leading senior advocate at the Indian Supreme Court, and at the Madras and other High Courts in India. He specializes in taxation, and company and constitutional law, and has written over 150 articles for various tax journals and newspapers. He is the Chief Editor of the 10th edition of Kanga and Palkhiwala's Law and Practice of Income Tax in India and is Co-author of the book "The Courtroom Genius".

Santosh Dalvi (India): Santosh is Partner and National Head of Indirect Tax Compliance Services with KPMG in India with wide experience in areas of indirect tax, finance and commercial functions and been an advisor to local corporates and MNC's in their tax planning. He has also been associated and has authored a book on GST.

Nishith Desai (India): Nishith is the Founder of his firm, Nishith Desai Associates, a research-based law firm. He is an international tax and corporate lawyer, researcher, author and lecturer. He has been recognized as one of the leading tax lawyers in the country for many years now by most directories and was ranked No. 28 in a global top 50 "Gold List" by Tax Business, a UK-based international tax journal.

Gautam Doshi (India): Gautam is a Group Managing Director of Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group, an Indian conglomerate with interests in telecom, power, infrastructure, entertainment and financial services sectors. He has served as Chairman of Committees on direct and indirect taxation and as an independent director on boards of several public limited companies. He has also addressed seminars and conferences organized various leading in India over the years.

Shefali Goradia (India): Shefali is currently a partner with Deloitte Haskins & Sells LLP in India (previously worked with BMR & Associates LLP) corporate and international tax practice. She was recognized as among the eight best Indian tax advisers by Legal 500 and the Tax Directors Handbook in 2009. She was also rated among the leading Women leaders International Tax Review in 2017.

Vijay Iyer (India): Vijay is the National Leader for Transfer Pricing in Ernst & Young, India. He has been rated as one of the world's leading Transfer Pricing Advisors for India by the Legal Media Group and by International Tax Review.

Vipul Jhaveri (India): Vipul is the Managing Partner - Tax at Deloitte Haskins & Sells LLP for India. Currently, he is a member of the tax and accounting committee of both CII and ASSOCHAM in India, the two leading trade organizations in the country

Dinesh Kanabar (India): Dinesh is the CEO of Dhruva Advisors LLP, a boutique tax and regulatory advisory firm he set up in 2014. Prior to founding Dhruva Advisors, he was the Deputy CEO of KPMG India. He has been active in several government committees. Previously, he was a member of the Rangachary Committee, which dealt with tax reforms in the IT/ITES sector and evolved the Indian Safe Harbour Rules. He is renowned for his wide experience in international tax matters in the country.

Marc Levey (USA): Marc Levey is a partner in the New York office of Baker McKenzie. He has nearly forty years of experience in international taxation and is recognized in his field, particularly in structuring and defending transfer pricing strategies. He has frequently been named by Euromoney as one of the "World's Leading Tax Advisors," included in its "Best of the Best" global tax experts. Mr. Levey serves as the chair of the Firm's Luxury & Fashion Industry Group. He was the past chair of the Firm's Global Transfer Pricing Steering Committee.

Rodney Lawrence (USA): Rodney is a principal in KPMG LLP's US International Tax practice and the Global Leader for KPMG's International Tax practice. Previously, he has served as the National Leader and Chief Operating Officer for the US International Tax practice and as a member of the US member firm's tax leadership team of his firm. Previously he served on the Illinios CPA Society Business Taxation Committee where he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award for his contributions.

Vijay Mathur (India): Vijay is a Senior Advisor at PricewaterhouseCoopers in India. Previously, he served with the Indian Revenue Service. As a Joint Secretary, he worked in the Tax Policy and Legislation wing of the Department of Revenue for six years as the Director General of Income-tax (International Taxation). He also worked for five years as a Commissioner of Income-tax. (Appeals) and as a Senior Authorized Representative in the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal.

T P Ostwal (India): T P Ostwal is the Senior Partner of his firm of T.P. Ostwal & Associates LLP in India. He is the ex-Chairman of International Fiscal Association - India Branch, and Vice President of the Global Executive Committee of IFA. He is also a member of the Expert Group of the United Nations on Transfer Pricing for Developing Countries. He is a Trustee of the Foundation for International Taxation in India.

Solomon Picciotto (UK): Sol is emeritus Professor of Lancaster University (UK), and a Senior Fellow at the International Centre for Law and Development where he coordinates his research on taxation of transnational corporations in developing countries. He is also a senior advisor and coordinator on BEPS issues for Tax Justice Network. He has taught tax law at Universities of Dar es Salaam (1964-8), Warwick (1968-1992) and Lancaster (1992-2007), and been scientific director or Oriati International Institute for Sociology of Law (2009-2011). He has also authored several books and articles on international tax, business, and economic law.

Jairaj Purandare (India): Jai is the Founder Chairman of JMP Advisors Private Ltd, a leading advisory, tax and regulatory services firm, based in Mumbai, India. Previously, Jai was Regional Managing Partner, Chairman - Tax and Country Leader - Markets & Industries at PricewaterhouseCoopers India. Earlier, Jai was Chairman of Ernst & Young India (EY) and also served as the Country Head of the Tax & Business Advisory practice of Andersen India, before joining EY.

Rajesh Ramloll (Mauritius): Rajesh is a senior advocate ("lawyer") in Mauritius. He acts as Deputy Solicitor-General at the Attorney-General's Chambers in Mauritius. He is also the current President of the International Fiscal Association, Mauritius Branch, and a member of the General Council of IFA Worldwide. He regularly advises his Government on legal aspects of financial matters. He is also a tax assessor of the OECD Global Forum and over the last ten years been involved in tax treaty negotiations.

Rajesh Simhan (India): Rajesh is a partner and head of the international tax practice at Nishith Desai Associates, in Mumbai. He is a lawyer with LLM in Taxation from the Georgetown University Law Center, Washington D.C. Over the years, he has worked on several major assignments involving cross-border issues and related tax controversies.

Uday Ved (India): Uday is Tax Partner at KNAV, a Global tax and accounting firm. He specialises on international tax, transfer pricing, M&A, foreign investment and regulatory matters. Until 2014, he was the Executive Director and former Head of Tax at KPMG in India. Prior to joining KPMG, he was a Global Tax partner at Arthur Andersen in India.

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OUR PANEL SPEAKERS
 

Bijal Ajinkya (India): Bijal is a partner in the Tax, Private Client and Investment Funds Practice at Khaitan & Co., a leading tax and law firm in India. Prior to that, she was head of Tax and Investment Funds practice in a boutique firm, Nishith Desai Associates, for 13 years. She is actively engaged in making representations and in consultations with the Indian government on new tax policies and issues.

Wasoudeo Balloo (Mauritius): Wasoudeo is a partner with KPMG Mauritius and heads the KPMG Mauritius Tax practice. Prior to joining KPMG, he was a director with Taxand (Mauritius) Ltd and Head of Tax at Multiconsult Ltd. in Mauritius. He has led tax compliance, tax health checks and tax advisory assignments in Mauritius, Madagascar and Seychelles. He is is one of the founder members of IFA Mauritius Branch.

Daksha Baxi (India): Daksha Baxi is the Head -International Taxation at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, a leading law firm in India. Daksha has vast experience in International Taxation of over 30 years. She is recognized as a leading tax professional in India by several forums including but not limited to International Tax Review, Leading Women in Tax, Legal 500, Chambers & Partners, Asia Leading Lawyers, Whos's Who Legal, et al.

Prashant Bhatnagar (India): Prashant is the chief financial officer for Proctor & Gamble Hygiene and Health Care Division and a Board member for P&G Home Products. He is also the member of the global tax policy group for P&G Global and the Indirect Tax leader, along with responsibilities for government relations and stewardship, for the India subcontinent.

Mukesh Butani (India): Mukesh is the Managing Partner and Tax practice leader of BMR Legal in India, as an international tax lawyer. Previously, he was the Tax practice leader in India at one of the Big Four firms until August 2004, and then as managing partner of BMR Advisors until October 2017, prior to its merger with Deloitte recently. He is currently a member of OECD's Business Restructuring & Advisory Group, Vice-Chairman of ICC Paris Taxation Commission, and a member from India on the IFA Permanent Scientific Committee. He was recently appointed as the Trustee of Foundation for International Taxation, an educational charity engaged in promoting international knowledge in India.

Rita Cunha (Portugal): Rita is the policy researcher for the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Responsible Tax, chaired by the Rt Hon Dame Margaret Hodge in the UK. She is based at the Policy Institute at King's College London. She is currently completing her PhD at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London, under the supervision of Dr Philip Baker QC. She specializes in anti-avoidance legislation, being particularly interested in legislative drafting and the Rule of Law. She holds an LLM in International Taxation from New York University and a law degree from Universidade Catolica Portuguesa (Lisbon).

Ketan Dalal (India): Ketan was the Joint Head Tax (All India) and the Managing Partner (West) and was a member of the India Leadership Team with PwC India. He exited PwC on 1stApril 2017 to pursue his independent professional interests and now runs a boutique Structuring and Tax firm, Katalyst Advisors LLP. He was a member of the "Working group on Nonresident taxation" formed by India's Ministry of Finance in 2003. International Tax Review, a leading global magazine on international tax has listed him among India's leading tax advisors He has authored a book ''Indian Taxation Decoded - An MNC Perspective" in 2018 published by Wolters Kluwer.

Kuntal Dave (India): Kuntal is the proprietor of Nanubhai Desai & Company, an old established firm of Chartered Accountants based at Mumbai. He is also partner of DTS & Associates. He has co-authored a book providing detailed analysis on Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015. He is a member of the Executive committee of International Fiscal Association, Netherlands.

Prashant Deshpande (India) : Prashant is an indirect tax partner with Deloitte. He has a rich industry and consulting experience in indirect tax field having worked for over a decade in Unilever group in India. Having joined Arthur Andersen in 1997, Prashant has since worked with PwC and with Deloitte as their indirect tax service line leader. Prashant is a Chartered Accountant, Company Secretary and a qualified lawyer.

Ashutosh Dikshit (India): Ashutosh is Partner, Tax with Deloitte and has wide experience is tax policy and legislation, international tax and transfer pricing and regulatory matters. He was the Joint Secretary, Ministry of Finance, in the Government of India handling tax policy and legislation from 2007-2012. His previous tax assignments as a member of the India Revenue Service included stints in tax assessment, tax audit, tax investigation, tax litigation, and tax systems. He was Of Counsel, BMR & Associates LLP advising on international tax and transfer pricing before joining Deloitte.

Hitesh D.Gajaria (India): Hitesh heads the Tax Practice at KPMG in India. Previously, he led the Industrial & Consumer Manufacturing Sector Corporate Tax practice and has also co-led KPMG India's Transfer Pricing Practice. He has co-authored BCAS' publications - 'Taxation of Non-Residents, FERA / FEMA' and 'Transfer Pricing Manual' and was Country Reporter for India at International Fiscal Association's Conference.

Sriram Govind (Vienna): Sriram is a lawyer who graduated from Symbiosis Law School in Pune. His areas of expertise include tax treaty law, tax policy and dispute resolution in tax matters. He authors academic publications and contributes to academic conferences on international tax policy topics regularly.

Vivek Gupta (India): Vivek is a Partner and National Head for KPMG India's M&A/ PE Tax practice. He has wide experience across corporate mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions as well as business re-organizations, including cross-border and domestic transactions. Prior to joining KPMG, Vivek led the M&A Tax Practice for BMR and also played a key role in the establishment of its corporate finance practice. He has been regularly ranked as one of the leading M&A Advisors in India in the ITR rankings for India. He is also a regular contributor to various financial newspapers and current affairs and news shows on the electronic media.

Mindy Herzfeld (USA): Mindy joined University of Florida Law in 2017 as professor of tax law and director of the LL.M. in International Tax Program. Since 2014 she has been a contributing editor for Tax Analysts, oninternational tax policy developments and cross-border transactions in Tax Notes International. Prior to assuming the position at Tax Analysts, Professor Herzfeld worked as an international tax advisor for Deloitte Tax LLP, based in its Washington, D.C., and New York offices. She is co-author with Richard Doernberg of the 11th edition of International Taxation in a Nutshell (2018).

Ashish Jain (India): Ashish is a dynamic and passionate professional, with diverse experience in the field of Direct, Indirect and International taxation. He heads the taxation of Abbott group in India. He has been instrumental in making various representations to Govt bodies for addressing industry concerns and practical challenges related to GST implementation. He is also a member of CII core group on GST. He strongly believes that technology can enable tax function to become a 'strategic business partner' and create an impact in the industry.

Rahul Kashikar (India): Rahul leads the Tax Technology Initiatives for KPMG in India. He is involved with the tax technology strategy of the firm which includes technologies for clients and internal automation. Rahul has assisted U.S., Japan, Germany and UK-based multinational and large Indian groups having overseas operations in their tax & regulatory compliance / advisory requirements. He has previously worked with Arthur Andersen India, PWC Singapore and Ernst & Young India

Akshay Kenkre (India): Akshay is founder of TransPrice (member of Quantera Global - Global transfer pricing specialists), which is a boutique tax firm based in Mumbai. He is the author of a taxation book titled "General Anti-Avoidance Rules (GAAR) Establishing Substance over Form released worldwide in the year 2017 and the "Handbook on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting" released worldwide in the year 2016. He is also an academician, where his endeavour is to sculpt the taxation knowledge of accounting and legal professionals

Mahesh Kumar (Singapore): Mahesh is a partner with Withers Worldwide. He is based in the firm's Singapore office and specializes in providing integrated legal, tax and strategic advice. He is a member of the Executive Committee of International Fiscal Association, Singapore. Previously, he was Head of International Tax and Globalization practice of Nishith Desai Associates in Singapore

Shikha Mehra (India): Shikha is a certified Bitcoin professional and co-founder of MainChain Research & Consulting (www.mainchain.co.in). She is on the advisory panel to IMAI's (Internet Mobile Association of India) subcommittee on crypto currency and blockchain. As a subject expert, her expertise is sought from a wide range of audiences.

Amar Mehta (Canada): Amar specializes in Indian and multi-jurisdictional international tax systems including tax treaties. In 2010, he established a niche tax advisory practice (Indi-Genius Consulting Inc.). He is currently based in Canada, and advises India-bound clients. He is also a former tax partner of a big 4 accounting firm in India, and a former researcher at the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD)..

Rahul K Mitra (India): Rahul is Partner in Dhruva Advisors LLP. He was earlier the National Head of Transfer Pricing & BEPS, within KPMG India's tax practice and the national leader of PwC India's transfer pricing practice.

Simachal Mohanty (India): Simachal is the Head - Global taxation at Dr Reddy's Laboratories in South India since 2009 (previously he worked with Murugappa Group in Chennai). He has been awarded the professional achiever award (healthcare sector) by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in India and has received several commendations for his "out of the box and innovative thinking".

Sunil M Lala (India): Sunil is a advocate as well as a qualified Chartered Accountant practicing as a tax counsel at SML tax chamber in the field of direct taxes in India. Previously, he headed the Tax Dispute Resolution practice at PWC, followed by KPMG and Advaita Legal Attorneys & Advocates in India. he has been recognized as one of the leading Tax Controversy Leaders in India by International Tax Review for the last five consecutive years.

Meyyappan Nagappan (India): Meyyappan is a leader in the international tax practice at Nishith Desai Associates. He has graduated from Cambridge University with a Master of Law specialising in International Taxation and economics. Prior to joining Nishith Desai Associates, he worked in the Chambers of Mr. Mohan Parasaran, Solicitor General of India between 2010 - 2014. He has also been a regular speaker at several conferences in India on issues relating to taxation of digital economy, GAAR, MLI, artificial intelligence, cryptocurrencies and blockchain.

Bobby Parikh (India): Bobby Parikh is the Founder of Bobby Parikh Associates, a boutique firm focused on providing strategic tax and regulatory advisory services. Bobby was until recently co-founder of BMR Advisors, a highly respected tax and transactions firm which he helped establish and run for over 12 years. Formerly, he was Chief Executive Officer of Ernst & Young in India and Country Managing Partner of Arthur Andersen, Bobby has also been a member of several trade and business associations.

Rahul Patni (India): Rahul is Partner Tax Technology and Digital Tax Leader with E&Y with wide experience in tax transformation projects of large companies. He is active involved in developing of new tax technology solutions and is a speaker at various conferences and seminars on the topic and lead various thought leadership initiatives.

Neil Pennington (UK): Neil is Leader in Innovation through Decentralised Technology. He has for the last 3 years been involved with early stage businesses in Blockchain and Digital Identity, including micropayments, messaging and decentralised energy. He is a frequent speaker and writer on innovation, blockchain, identity and the impact of technology on the way we live our lives.

Uday Pimprikar (India): Uday is a Partner in E&Y LLP and the National Leader in Indirect Tax Services. He has played an integral role in engaging with the GST policy framework in India on behalf of several sectors and with his understanding of the key factors in driving revenue as also concerns of the industry

PVSS Prasad (India): Prasad is a practicing-chartered accountant and an information system auditor as partner in his firm, Prasad & Prasad, Chartered accountants, since 1986 in Hyderabad. He has recently co-authored a book "International Taxation - A Basic Study" and is active in professional activities and conferences. He is presently Vice Chairman IFA India Branch.

Dr. Raffaele Petruzzi (Vienna): Raffaele is the Managing Director of the WU Transfer Pricing Center at the Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law at WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) and an international tax advisor specializing in international corporate taxation and transfer pricing at L&P Global (Vienna, Austria) and at Ludovici Piccone & Partners (Milan, Italy). He is a member of the United Nations Subcommittee on Article 9 (Associated enterprises: Transfer Pricing).

Dhruv Sanghavi (Netherlands): Dhruv is an Assistant Professor at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. His teaching and research focus lies in tax treaty law and policy. He is the coordinator of the Excellence Course in International Tax Law & Policy, which was developed in cooperation with the Capacity Building Unit of the United Nations Financing for Sustainable Development Office. He is also a member of the UN subcommittees on disputes resolution and environmental taxes.

Amit Sarkar (India): Amit heads the Indirect Tax practice for BDO India. Prior to joining BDO, he was a Partner with one of the large firm's indirect tax practice for 4 years, He is also actively involved in GST policy formulation and advocacy with policymakers representing various industry associations and chambers.

Amrish Shah (India): Amrish heads the M&A Tax practice of Deloitte in India. He has more than 25 years of post-qualification experience. He has previously worked with Indian boutique tax firms and Big Four Firms and advised large multi-national and Indian companies on acquisition /divestment tax and regulatory structuring. He has also assisted them in corporate reorganization including mergers/demergers. joint ventures, etc. He has been part of the CII tax Committee in 2014.

Pranav Sayta (India): Pranav is a partner in Ernst & Young, India and the national leader of the tax practice for the Technology, Communication, and Entertainment & Services sector. He is a member of the Executive Committee of IFA India Branch and a member of the Managing Committee of the Western Region Chapter of IFA India.

Vinay Sethi (India): Vinay is the Head of Market Development for Global Tax for Thomson Reuters in South Asia. He is responsible for building the right propositions, strategy development; market sizing & planning activities, driving partnerships and alliances for growth for Thomson Reuters in India. In the past, Vinay has been an Associate Director with KPMG, handling International Tax and Regulatory System in India and overseas.

Hasnain Shroff (India) : Hasnain is a Global Transfer Pricing expert.. He was the advisor to the first APA signed in the Indian IT/ITES sector and also for first renewal of any APA in India. He has been rated as India's controversy leader for 2016, 2017 and 2018 by International Tax Review.

Himanshu Sinha (India): Himanshu Sinha is a partner with Trilegal a leading law firm in India. He has been named by International Tax Review as one of the leading Tax Controversy Leaders in India for each of the last 5 years. He was also named as the Tax Lawyer of the year by 'The Asian Lawyer' in 2016. In the past, he has worked with the Indian Revenue Service and Deloitte. He holds a LLM from Harvard Law School, USA.

Edson Uribe (Mexico): Edson is Deputy Chair of the Mexican Tax Ombudsman Agency. His expertise focuses on Taxpayers Rights and Dispute Resolution. He is a member of the United Nations Subcommittee on the Mutual Agreement Procedure, Dispute Avoidance and Resolution. He is author of the book in Spanish "Conclusive Agreements: Theory and Practice of the First Mexican Alternative Mean to Solve Conflicts during Tax Audits" published by Thomson Reuters.

Jon West (USA): Jon is VP of Blockchain Engineering for Thomson Reuters. Jon has 30 years of technology experience in the tax, accounting, legal, and mortgage markets. Jon began as a software developer, then architect, and now technology business leader. His current responsibilities include leading Distributed Ledger Technology for Thomson Reuters. Jon is a frequent speaker at Blockchain conferences and meetups. In addition, Jon serves as co-chair on the Tech Titans Blockchain Forum.

Ian Young (UK): Ian is the tax policy manager responsible for international tax and related tax policy issues and the charter affecting tax payers at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW). He is currently Chairman of the Direct Tax committee of Tax Advisers Europe and a member of the tax policy group of Accountancy Europe. Prior to 2015, the was also the Chairman of the Charter Advisory Committee set up by the HM Revenue & Customs, to monitor the introduction of the HM Taxpayers' Charter. Since 2016 - 2017, he continues as advisor to the Charter Committee set up as its successor. Ian is a frequent speaker at international conferences on tax payer rights and the role of a Tax Payer's Charter for Tax Payer Protection. He is also the author of a chapter in the book, "Tax policy: a matter for society as a whole", published by Accountancy Europe.

Christopher Xing (China): Chris is KPMG's International Tax Head, in China based in Hong Kong. He has also provided tax structuring and tax compliance assistance on various corporate restructuring/ divestment transactions involving PRC and Hong Kong companies.

Lawrence J. Zlatkin (US): Lawrence is the US lead partner for Dhruva Advisors and specializes in providing customized and expert international tax advice for cross border investment and trade. Lawrence previously worked for 24 years as senior tax counsel to General Electric Company and GE Capital Corporation. Lawrence was a member of GE's senior leadership team responsible for GE's tax profile and strategy spanning GE's global platforms, and led GE's tax organization in Europe, India, East Asia and ANZ.

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