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Chairmen and Speakers
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Professor Klaus Vogel: 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.
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Pascal Saint-Amans:Pascal is the Director of the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration (CTPA) at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), based in Paris, France. He joined OECD as Head of 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.
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Anita Kapur:Anita is currently a member of the Competition Appellate Tribunal. She retired as the Chair Member of the Central Board of Direct Taxes in India in November 2015. Previously, she had worked as Director General of Income Tax (Administration), and served as Indian competent authority and treaty negotiator. She was also a Vice Chairman of the UN Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters until mid-2013.
R V Easwar:Justice Easwar is a retired Judicial Member of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal ("ITAT") in India. He wassubsequently elevated as Judge of the Delhi High Court. He now heads the 10-member committee set up by the Indian government to recommend modifications than can bring more predictability and certainty in current Indian tax laws affecting foreign investors.
Porus Kaka:Porusis the current President of the International Fiscal Association Worldwide. He is 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 leading senior lawyer practising international tax law in India. He is also on the Editorial Board of the World Tax Journal, and completed his LLM from Harvard Law School in the USA.
Akhilesh Ranjan:Akhilesh is the current Chief Principal Commissioner of Income Tax (International), Government of India since his appointment in mid-2016. Previously, he was the Indian Competent Authority and Joint Secretary ((Foreign Tax & Tax Research), in the Ministry of Finance for three years (2013-16); during this period, he successfully led India’s participation as a the OECD's BEPS Project. In early 2000s, he was responsible for the introduction of tax rules governing transfer pricing administration in India.
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Roy Rohatgi:Roy retired as Worldwide Partner in Arthur Andersen in the mid-nineties after nearly 25 years with the firm. In the eighties, he spent several years in Mumbai (Bombay) where he established the Indian member firm of Arthur Andersen. He is a Visiting Professor in international taxation in several universities and author of the book "Basic International Taxation". Roy is the 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 from 1995.
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Daksha Baxi: Daksha is a Tax Partner in the law firm, Khaitan& Co. in India. She has been recognized as a leading tax adviser in India by several organizations and tax journals such as Chambers & Partners, International Tax Review, Who's Who Legal, Legal 500, Asia Pacific Leading Lawyers, Tax Advisers' Guide, Citiwealth Leader, Tax Experts' Guide, etc.

Mukesh Butani:Mukesh is the Managing Partner and Tax practice leader of BMR Legal in India. He was the Tax practice leader at one of the "Big Four"firms until August 2004. He is currently a member of OECD's Business Restructuring & Advisory Group and Vice-Chairman of ICC Paris Taxation Commission, and a member from India of the IFA Permanent Scientific Committee.

Anis Chakravarty:Anis is a partner with Deloitte India. He brings considerable experience in advising companies in the European Union, India, and the United States on issues related to finance, economics, and transfer pricing. He is currently recognized by Euromoney/Legal Media Group as one of the world's leading transfer pricing advisers. He is also on the governing Board of the Indo-Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce and Industry in India.

Sohrab Dastur:Sohrab isone of the leading Senior Advocates (e.g. lawyers) who has been in tax practice in India for over fifty years based in Mumbai. He is a past President of the Chamber of Income-tax Consultants. Until September 2004, he was a member of the IFA Permanent Scientific Committee. Since 2001, he has chaired the plenary session of this conference every year.

Nishith Desai: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 has been ranked No. 28 in a global top 50 "Gold List" by Tax Business, a UK-based international tax journal.

Ashutosh Dikshit:Ashutosh is Of Counsel to BMR& Associates LLP in India. Previously, he was a member of the Indian Revenue Service for 27 years where hefinally served as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Finance for 5 years handling tax policy and legislation for direct taxes. During this period, he hadalso been (a)a member of the Governing Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, (b) a member of the Working Group on Foreign Investment in the Ministry of Finance, and (c) the Convener of the Planning Commission's sub-group on Tax Revenue Resources for India's 12th Five Year Plan. In 2001-02, he served as an Advisor to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the working of the Indian stock markets and mutual fund (UTI).

Gautam Doshi:Gautam is the Group Managing Director of Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group, a major conglomerate with interests in telecom, power, infrastructure, entertainment and financial services sectors in India. He has more than 40 years of experiencein a wide range of areas covering Mergers and Acquisitions, Direct, Indirect and International Taxation, Transfer Pricing, Accounting and Corporate and Commercial Laws. He has also been active in several professional bodies in India involved in development and regulation of accountancy profession in India.

Shefali Goradia:Shefali is a partner with BMR& Associates LLP’s corporate and international tax practice. She has over 25 years' experience in advising clients on the taxability of software and e-commerce transactions. She was recognized as among the eight best Indian tax advisers by Legal 500 and the Tax Directors Handbook 2009. Shefali was also recognized as among the top teninternational tax advisers in India in World Tax (2004-2006).

Vipul Jhaveri:Vipul is the Partnerat Deloitte Haskins & Sells LLP for India. Over his professional career of nearly thirty years, he has handled complex Indian and international tax issues. 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 :Dinesh is the CEO of Dhruva Advisors LLP, a boutique international tax advisory firm he set up in 2014.Prior to founding Dhruva Advisors, he was the Deputy CEO of KPMG India. 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 has worked on some of the largest and most complicated M&A transactions, internal reorganizations, tax litigation, Competent Authority proceedings, Advance Pricing Agreements, the country.

Marc Levey:: Marc is a partner in the New York office of the leading US law firm of Baker & McKenzie where he is involved in structuring and defending transferpricing strategies. He has frequently been acknowledged as oneof the "World's Leading Tax Advisors," and included in its "Best of the Best" global tax experts by Euromoney magazine.He has previously served as Tax Attorney with the International Tax RulingGroup of the National Office of the IRS. He has acted as SeniorTrial Attorney with the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He has also served as the Special Attorney to the Attorney General of the U.S.Department of Justice

Sanjiv Malhotra:Sanjiv is a member of the Global Tax and Transfer Pricing practice of Baker & McKenzie and is currently based in Singapore. He has extensive experience in tax and transfer pricing matters and has advised many Fortune 500 multinationals and their affiliates on a range of tax structuring, transfer pricing, valuation, litigation and cross-border dispute resolution matters (MAPs and APAs). Before joining Baker & McKenzie, Sanjeev was a partner in a leading tax consulting firm in India.

Vijay Mathur:Vijay is a Senior Advisor at PricewaterhouseCoopers in India. Previously, he served with the Indian Revenue Service in different capacities, e.g. (a) As a Joint Secretary, he worked in the Tax Policy and Legislation wing of the Department of Revenue for six years. (b) He served as the Director General ofIncome-tax (International Taxation).(c) He also worked for five years as a Commissioner of Income-tax (Appeals) and (d) as a Senior Authorized Representative in the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal. His wide work experience was at the top level in the Indian Revenue where he was involved in formulating of tax laws and in tax administration.

Sachin Menon:Sachin is the partnerand national head of Indirect Taxes at KPMG in India.He is currently the Co-Chairman of GST Task Force at the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry, and the Chairman of GST Committee, United States IBC. He is also Ex-Chairman of Bombay Chamber of Commerce & Industry and a member of Indirect Tax Committee of CII Maharashtra State Council. He has been recognized as one of top ten most admired Asia Pacific advisors on Indirect tax by International Tax Review [ITR].

Belema Obuoforibo:Belema is the Director of the IBFD Knowledge Centre and a Member of IBFD's Executive Board. Before joining IBFD, she worked in London as a UK Chartered Tax Adviser. She is a member of the Technical Committee of the UK Chartered Institute of Taxation. Her special interest includes International Taxes and Owner Managed Businesses. She has worked in an advisory capacity for various African Governments.

T P Ostwal:T P Ostwal is the Senior Partner of his firm of T.P. Ostwal & AssociatesLLP 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.

Jeffrey Owens:Jeffrey is a Professor and the Director of the WU 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 toseveral governments and other organizations. For over 20 years, Jeffrey led the OECD Tax Work. For his contributions to the International tax communityhe was awarded by the Queen of the United Kingdom the "Companion of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, in 2013."

Satya Poddar:Satya is the Partner Policy/Advisory in Ernst & Young in India and heads its indirect taxation practice. Prior to joining E&Y in India in 2005, he was with the firm in Toronto since 1987. Before that he worked with the Canadian government on GST issues and tax reforms.

Jairaj Purandare:Jairaj (Jai) Purandare is the Founder Chairman of JMP Advisors Private Ltd, a leading advisory, tax and regulatory services firm, based in Mumbai, India. Previously, he was Regional Managing Partner, Chairman-Tax and Country Leader-Markets & Industries at PricewaterhouseCoopers Indiaand earlier Chairman of Ernst & Young India (EY).He was the Country Head of the Tax & Business Advisory practice of Andersen India, before joining EY. He is an Independent Director on the Boards of three reputed companies.

Rajesh Ramloll: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 the Government on legal aspects of financial matters. He is also a tax assessor of the OECD Global Forum. He has been the treasurer of the Mauritius Bar Association. He has for the last ten years been involved in tax treaty negotiations.

Pranav Sayta: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.

Rohan Shah:Rohan is now a practicing tax Counsel in the Bombay High Court and Supreme Court. Earlier, he was the managing partner of Economic Laws Practice, a law firm established by him in India. He has been rated as among the leading tax lawyers by several international tax publications. "India Today" in January 2000 Edition included him in a listing of 50 leading Indians of the Next Millennium

Girish Vanvari:Girish has over two decades of consulting experience and is a tax partner with the Indian practice of KPMG. Having built the M&A tax business and the Global International Corporate Tax practice of KPMG in India he currently leads the tax practice of KPMG in India.His experience includes advising many of the largest M&A deals and restructuring transactions in India.

Uday Ved:Uday is currently a free-lance expert practicing in international tax issues relating to 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 worked as a Senior Partner with Arthur Andersen in India.

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Aladesawe Adeyemi:Aladesawe is a Manager in Federal Inland Revenue Service in Nigeria and a doctoral research student in international tax law. In his over 10 years' legal careerin his country he has specialized in tax law in both private and public sectors. He is a member of several professional bodies and has also served on several committees in his country, including the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Anti-Terrorism &Money Laundering; the Technical Sub-Committee of National Economic Council (NEC) on Multiple Taxation; and the Inter-Agency Committee on OECD Exchange of information (EOI).

Bijal Ajinkya:Bijal is a partner in the Tax and Funds Practice Group of Khaitan& Co. in India. She has wide experience in advising clients on cross-border transactions and funds and has handled several tax litigation cases. She successfully headed the team from her firm on the AzadiBachao case at the Indian Supreme Court on the Indo-Mauritius treaty in 2003.

Rajat Bansal:Rajat is a Joint Secretary (Foreign Tax & Tax Research) in the Ministry of Finance and the Indian Competent Authority for treaty-related matters. Currently, he is actively involved in the G20 discussions at the OECD on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting as one of India’s representatives. He is the central contact point in India for tax matters pertaining to several Action Points including the Ad-hoc Group for Multilateral Instrument.

Clive Baxter:Clive Baxter is Head of Group Tax at Maersk, headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark. Maersk's activities include shipping, offshore industry services, and energy. The Group is active in over 120 countries throughout the world with revenues of over $47 billion. Before joining Maersk 16 years ago, Clive was First Vice President of Tax at Danske Bank.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 also a member of the International Chamber of Commerce Tax Commission.

Pranay Bhatia:Pranay is a partner with BDO India - Direct Tax Practice. He specializes in cross-border tax issues such as regulatory and tax compliance and double tax treaty planning.He has assisted severalIndian and global MNC's in strategizing their business restructuring, and tax litigation strategy.

Monica Bhatia:Monica heads the Global Forum Secretariat since 1 April 2012. The Global Forum is a multilateral framework which work in transparency and exchange of tax information among its 137 member countries and jurisdictions. Ms. Bhatia has over 20 years of experience in the Indian Ministry of Finance and the Indian Tax Administration where she has held different positions including those related to tax policy and treaty negotiations.

Gokul Chaudhri:Gokul is a Partner with BMR& Associates LLP. The firm was set up by former staff of Arthur Andersen in India. He is currently a member of the executive council of the International Fiscal Association - North India, and chairs the energy and environment committee of the European Business Group.

Abhishek Chawla:Abhishek currently serves as tax director (Asia-Pacific) for Xerox. Before joining Xerox, he worked with Big Four accounting firms and law firms. He is a frequent guest speaker at international tax conferences and has authored several articles on international taxation. He has also co-authored a book titled ‘International Group Financing’,published by Linde Verlag in Austria.

Geoff Cook:Geoff joined Jersey Finance as Chief Executive in January 2007. In conjunction with the Island's Government, he commissioned an in-depth strategic review of the Jersey Finance Industry to provide a roadmap for the jurisdiction.Geoff is a regular speaker and contributor to conferences and seminars around the world and writes frequently on the issues affecting Jersey and other finance centres. Prior to joining Jersey Finance, he was Head of Wealth Management at HSBC Bank Plc, based in London.

Arvind P. Datar: Arvind is a 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 journals and newspapers. He is the Chief Editor of the 10th edition of Kanga and Palkhiwala's Law and Practice of Income Tax.

Kuntal Dave: Kuntal is the proprietor of Nanubhai Desai & Co, an old established firm of chartered accountants based at Mumbai,He recently co-authored a book providing detailed analysis on Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income & Assets) & Imposition of Tax Act, 2015., He is ex-chairman of the Young IFA Network under IFA Netherlands and vice chairman of Western Region Chapter of International Fiscal Association - India Branch.

Jan de Goede: Jan is currently a Senior Principal, Tax Knowledge Management at the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation in the Netherlands. He is also Professor of International and European Tax Law at Lodz University in Poland, and a visiting Professor at both the Renmin University of China in Beijing and the Finance University of the Government of the Russian Federation in Moscow.Previously, he worked for 19 years at the Dutch Ministry of Finance, on Company Tax Legislation, Bilateral Tax Treaties, and Tax Policy and Legislation. He was granted the Medal for Science and Society of Lodz University, and the Knight' Cross in the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.

Pinakin Desai: Pinakin is a partner in Ernst & Young in India and heads its Tax Knowledge & Solutions Group. Pinakin was a visiting Professor in NarseeMonjee College of Commerce and Economics, a leading college in Mumbai, for eight years. He has been President of Bombay Chartered Accountants' Society (BCAS) and Chairman of International Taxation Committee of BCAS for years.

Prashant Deshpande:Prashant is a Partner with Deloitte in India and leads its Indirect Tax practice. Over the years, he has assisted a wide range of clients and industries to optimize their indirect tax incidence, and advised them on compliance and litigation issues.

Eli J. Dicker:Eli is TEI's Executive Director. His professional experience includes work at Capital One Financial Corporation, service as a tax principal with KPMG LLP and as an attorney-adviser and trial attorney with the Internal Revenue Service. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center.

Bhavna Doshi:Bhavna is a corporate tax advisor, specializing in the field of indirect taxation with over 30 years of experience in the field of taxation. She has also led Value Added Tax Implementation Projects for two state governments of India and assisted in a capacity building project for VAT for an international funding agency. She is actively participating in the Indian GST initiative too. She is Past President of the Indian Merchants' Chamber, and has served on several government and regulatory committees.

Carol Dunahoo:Carol is a Partner in the Washington office of Baker & McKenzie LLP, where she specializes in dispute resolution, policy, and compliance on transfer pricing and tax treaty matters. She has previously served as IRS Director, International and U.S. Competent Authority,Earlier, shehadserved as Associate International Tax Counsel with U.S. Treasury Department, where she negotiated treaties and worked on guidance, legislation, and litigation.

Rahul Garg:Rahul leads the Direct Tax practice in PwC India. He is also extensively involved in reforms in government tax processes. He is the Chairman of Assocham's National Committee on Direct Tax and Co-Chairman of the National Committee on International Taxation. He was the lead tax specialist for the project ‘Business Process Re-engineering’ for the Income Tax Department and a member of the working group on the ‘Study of Non-resident Taxation' constituted by Ministry of Finance. He has co-authored the India National Report on 'Tax Treatment of International Acquisition of Businesses' for IFA Congress 2005.

Imke Gerdes:Imke is a Partner in Baker & McKenzie's New York office, where she heads the firm’s foreign legal team. She has over 15 years of experience in advising multinational corporations in international tax law as well as in Austrian tax law and has represented several clients in Transfer Pricing tax audits and competent authority procedures. She also advises clients on the impact of BEPS, BREXIT and European State Aid regulations.

Sujit Ghosh:Sujit is an Advocate & National Head at Advaita Legal in India. He specializes in indirect taxes and has represented several major corporations at Indian courts. He is currently the Chairman of the Tax Committee of Indian National Bar Association. He is also a regular faculty at the National Judicial Academy, Bhopal. Previously, he had worked for Arthur Andersen in India, EY and BMR Legal.

Vladimir Gidirim:Vladimir is a Partner with Ernst & Young MENA International tax practice, and is Head of International Tax Practice in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Previously, he worked for Arthur Andersenduring 1996-2002 and then with Ernst & Young in their Moscow offices. He hasauthored over 20 publications on international tax matters in the Russian and international professional press and currently is a correspondent for the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation

K.R. Girish:K R Girish is the Senior Partner of Leapridge Advisors LLP and heads the firm's Tax practice. Previously, he was Partner, Tax & Regulatory Services with KPMG and National Head of its Tax Dispute Resolution Practice in India. He has been rated as one of the top 'Tax Controversy Leader' by the International Tax Review (ITR) UK. He is a Founder member and a Board member of International Tax Research and Analysis Foundation (ITRAF)

Nishana Gosai:Nishana is part of Baker & McKenzie's Tax Practice Group in South Africa. She has 15 years' experience in transfer pricing and prior to joining the Firm, sheworked at the South African Revenue Services. She also held various positions intwo of the Big Fourauditfirms, as well as a leading mining firm. Sheis currently part of the United Nations Sub-Committee for transfer pricing, which is responsible for preparing and updating the United Nations Manual on Transfer Pricing for developing countries.

Ridha Hamzaoui:Ridha is the Regional Tax Manager for Africa and Middle East regions under the IBFD Africa, Middle East and Latin America Knowledge Group. He is an expert on tax law and tax treaties for the United Nations Development Programme in the Middle East and North African regions. Before joining IBFD, he worked for four years as a senior tax advisor within the Tax Legislation General Directorate of the Tunisian Ministry of Finance. He is a regular speaker and lecturer on Africa and Middle East tax issues.

Johann Hattingh:Johann is an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa and has been practising in international tax law mostly with PwC. He is associate professor at the University of Cape Town, where he teaches the master’s degree in International Tax. He has conducted his doctoral research at the Centre for Tax Law in the Law Faculty of the University ofCambridge. He is active in IFA as well as IBFD projects in Africa. He holds master’sdegrees in Tax Law from the Universities of Leiden and Cape Town.He is executive board member of the South African branch of the International FiscalAssociation and a Secondary Management Committee Member for CSAT, IBFD’s Centre for Studies in African Taxation. He has been a contributor to severalIBFD publications since 2001, including the tax treaty database, the Bulletin for International Taxation, the country surveys and analysis chapters for South Africa, as well as severalIBFD book

Shanker Iyer:Shankeris the Founder and Chairman of Iyer Practice, a specialist advisory firm, with offices in Singapore and Hong Kong. He is currently serving his seventh term as the Chairman of the International Fiscal Association, Singapore Branch and is also the Chairman of the Tax Committee of Singapore International Chamber of Commerce. Over the years, he has built his expertise in advising privately held businesses and high net worth individuals on a wide range of international tax and trust matters.

Vijay Iyer: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.

Nihar N Jambusaria :Nihar is Senior Vice President - Taxation at Reliance Industries in India. Before that he was the National Head, Tax Advisory Services in BDO Consulting Pvt.Ltd. and a Partner in N. N.Jambusaria& Co.He has been re-elected to the Central Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India for 2016-2019. He is also a Member of the Committee for Taxation of Digital Economy formed by the Ministry of Finance.

H Padamchand Khincha :Padamchandis a Partner in H C Khincha & Co, Bangalore. With over 30 years of experience in corporate and international tax regime, he has spearheaded the income-tax consultancy and litigation practice. He has been associated with several landmark decisions. He has co-authored "Tax several papers on Indian taxation affecting cross-border activities and delivered more than 500 lectures across the nation."

Michael Kobetsky:Michael is an Adjunct Professor at the Australian National University, ANU College of Law. He is an Associate Professor at Melbourne Law School. He is the principal author of one of Australia's leading taxation texts, which is now in its ninth edition (2016). His book, titled 'International Taxation of Permanent Establishments: Principles and Policy' was published by Cambridge University Press in 2011. He is a member of the United Nations Sub-Committee on Transfer Pricing and the United Nations Sub-Committee on Extractive Industries Taxation Issues for Developing Countries.

Gita Kothari:Gita is a Senior Legal Advisor at the OECD Directorate for Legal Affairs,since January 2008,coordinating work on questions of public international law. She has provided legal support on the development of Multilateral Instrument (MLI) under BEPS Action 15. Previously, she had worked as a Legal Officer at the UN International Court of Justice and at the European Court of Human Rights.

Milind Kothari:Milind is the Founder and Managing Partner of BDO India, based in Mumbai. He heads the firm's Direct Tax Practice. He also leads the Transfer Pricing and Cross Border Tax Advisory engagements for which his team received the Tier II award for 2016 from International Tax Review.

Bawono Kristiaji:Bawono is a fiscal economist with experiences in various economic disciplines, including public finance, transfer pricing, tax policy and international tax. He was awarded Albert J. Rädler Medal 2015 from CFE for his thesis entitled "Incentives and Disincentives of Profit Shifting in Developing Countries".He is presently working as a partner of research and training, as well as being involved in the transfer pricing team, for Danny Darussalam Tax Center (DDTC), a leading research and knowledge-based tax firm, centred in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Mahesh Kumar: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 to UHNW families, entrepreneurs, MNCs and funds on complex cross-border structures and investments. 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.

Ashish Kumar:Ashish is an officer of the Indian Revenue Service having significant experience of tax policy (including policy matters relating to transfer pricing). He is currently one of the two Commissioners for APA in India and looking after the APA applications of clients based in Mumbai, Pune and Delhi. Prior to his APA assignment, he was in the CBDT policy division for over 7 years.

Sunil M Lala:Sunil is an Advocate & Qualified Chartered Accountant practicing as a tax counsel in the field of Direct taxes. Previously, he headed the Tax Dispute Resolution practice at PWCthereafter KPMG and Advaita Legal Attorneys & Advocates.He has been an office bearer / managing committee member in IFA / ITAT Bar Association.

Janice Lucchesi:Janice is International President of Tax Executives Institute. She is a corporate tax professional with over 30 years of experience in tax and public accounting, most recently as head of the North American tax department of a Dutch based company. She has expertise in international tax matters including transfer pricing, advance pricing agreements and information reporting.

Bela Sheth Mao:Bela is an alumnus of the Indian Revenue Service. Her professional experience includes working with government as a tax officer, with KMPG as a tax consultant and then with industry as a business tax advisor. She is a member of direct/indirect tax committees of Indian trade organizations, and actively involved on advocacy initiatives with the government on Dispute Resolution, Goods and Service Tax and various other issues impacting business in India. She is presently employed with Shell India as Country Tax Lead for South Asia with Shell India.

Dr. Amar Mehta:Amarspecializes 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, mainly from North America and Europe. He is also a former tax partner of Ernst & Young India, and a former researcher at the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD).

Rahul K Mitra:Rahul is the National Head of Transfer Pricing & BEPS, within KPMG India's tax practice. He was earlier the national leader of PwC India's transfer pricing practice. He has over 23 years of experience in handling taxation & regulatory matters in India. He has been consistently rated as amongst the leading transfer pricing professionals; and, tax litigators in India by Euromoney and International Tax Review, since 2010.

Meyyappan N:Meyyappan is a Senior Member of the International Tax Practice at Nishith Desai Associates. He completed his Masters of Law (Commercial Laws) degree from the University of Cambridge where he specialized in international tax. Prior to joining Nishith Desai Associates, he worked in the Chambers of Mr. Mohan Parasaran, Solicitor General of India, between 2010 - 2014; and was involved in some of the landmark international taxation and domestic tax disputes in India during the time.

Rahul Navin:Rahul is Commissioner of Income Tax (Transfer Pricing-1), New Delhi since October, 2015. Previously, he has served as Director in the Foreign Tax and Tax Research Division of the CBDT. He had negotiated bilateral and multilateral agreements on Exchange of Information and had also coordinated the requests made/received under these agreements by the Income Tax Department. He regularly attended the meetings of OECD, Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information and G20 and has made significant contribution in improving global transparency in tax matters.

Mohan Parasaran:Mohan is one of the leading lawyers in India. He is a Senior Advocate and a former Solicitor General of India. Asa law officer, he. has appeared in several important domestic cases on behalf of the Government, as well as in International Taxation matters. He is engaged in the practice of litigation law at the Supreme Court and several High Courts.

Bobby Parikh: Bobby is the Co-founder and Partner at BMR& Associates LLP, where he leads its Financial Services practice based in Mumbai. Formerly, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Ernst & Young and the Country Managing Partner of Arthur Andersen in India.

Rohan K Phatarphekar: Rohan has more than 25 years of experience in the arena of International tax and Transfer Pricing. He leads the Base Erosion Profit Shifting (BEPS) initiative within Deloitte in India. He previously was the national leader of Transfer Pricing practice for nearly a decade leading a team of around 400 in a ‘Big Four’ Firm. He has been consistently recognized as a leading transfer pricing adviser and features in the Euromoney’s biennial Guide to the World's Leading Transfer Pricing Advisers.

Sol Picciotto: Sol is Emeritus Professor of Lancaster University, a Senior Adviser of the Tax Justice Network, coordinator of the BEPS Monitoring Group, and Chair of the Advisory Group of the International Centre for Tax and Development, where he coordinates and carries out research on taxation of transnational corporations with special reference to developing countries. He has taught at various Universities and has written several books including on international taxation.

Shreya Rao: Shreya is the founder of Rao Law Chambers, a boutique practice which specializes in international tax advisory & litigation. She was previously the co-head of the tax practice at Nishith Desai Associates(Mumbai), and has been recognized for her work as a practitioner by leading directories such as the Chambers & Partners Review. She is also actively involved in the academic & research aspects of tax law. She has a master’s degree in law from the Harvard Law School (Cambridge).

Radhakishan Rawal: Radhakishan specializes in financial services industry. He has advised several financial services players. He has also advised private equity and real estate investments transactions in India. He also plays a key role in the Centre of Excellence (CoE) of Deloitte. CoE is a team of tax professionals providing guidance to the tax practice on technical aspects.

Zara Ritchie: Zara leads BDO's Global Transfer Pricing Practice with over 20 years' full time Transfer Pricing experience covering the areas of controversy/dispute resolution, planning, and restructuring and compliance. She has been a member of BDO's global transfer pricing leadershipteam since joining the Firm in March 2015. Prior to this she spent over 16 years as a transfer pricing partner with PwC in Australia. She is a regular speaker on transfer pricing and BEPS related topics both in Australia and globally.

Rashmin Sanghvi: Rashmin is in practice in Mumbai since 1975. He is Partner of Rashmin Sanghvi Associates specializing in International Taxation & Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). He was a member of the High-Powered Committee on E-Commerce Taxation in 2000. He was again appointed a member of E-Commerce committee in the year 2015. Committee report resulted in Equalization Levy. He has again been appointed on E-Commerce committee in the year 2016 to improve the Equalization Levy.

Dennis Schafer: Dennis isaTax Adviser at Loyens&Loeff Singapore LLP. He is a member of the Investment Management practice group. He advises multinational companies, financial institutions, institutional investors and funds on cross-border transactions, including international structuring and/or restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, international tax planning and structured finance. He is a member of the Dutch Association of Tax Advisers (NOB) and the International Fiscal Association (IFA).

Mansi Seth: Mansi heads Nishith Desai Associates' Indian practice in the US, based in New York and Silicon Valley offices. She specializes in International Taxation, eCommerce, Venture Capital Funds, Private Equity Investments and Merger and Acquisitions at the firm. She was international Bar Association Tax Scholar for 2009.

Sanjeev Sharma: Sanjeev works for the Indian Revenue Service.He is currently working as Commissioner of Income Tax Advance Pricing Agreement. Previously, he worked as an advisor in the OECD Secretariat in Paris under the Global Forum on Transparency of Information program for more than three years.

Harvesh Seegolam: Harvesh is the chief executive of Financial Services Promotion Agency (FSPA), a Mauritius government agency to promote and market the export of financial services from Mauritius

Rohinton Sidhwa: Rohinton is a partner with the New Delhi office of Deloitte Haskins & Sells LLP. He has more than 20 years of experience in public practice including 1.5 years at the Los Angeles office in the United States member firm. During his secondment in the U.S., he served in the India tax desk for the U.S. member firm.

Rajesh Simhan: Rajesh is a partner and head of the international tax practice at Nishith Desai Associates, in Mumbai. He is a lawyer with LL.M 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

Dr. Vinay Kumar Singh: Dr. Vinay is a Director (Foreign Tax & Tax Research-I), CBDT since April 2012. His work assignments include all matters related to Tax Treaties with countries of North America, Europe and Caribbean, including their negotiation and Mutual Agreement Proceedings in Non-TP cases.He also represents India in Working Party-1 of Committee of Fiscal Affairs of OECD, dealing with tax treaty matters and has been closely involved in Action 1, 6, 7 and 14 of BEPS Project. He was also the Member Secretary of the Committee constituted by CBDT to examine matters related to taxation of E-Commerce.

Himanshu Sinha: Himanshu is a Partner in Trilegal and leads the tax practice of the firm. He is actively engaged in negotiating Advance Pricing Agreements with the Govt. of India on behalf of global companies. He has been associated with two of the first APAs signed by the Govt. of India. In August 2015, International Tax Review named him as one of the leading Tax Controversy Leaders of India. He began his career in the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) where he served in various capacities during his 11 years' stint with the Government of India.

David Spencer:David is an attorney in New York, specializing in tax law and banking law. Before opening his law firm, he practiced law at a major Wall Street law firm and in the Corporate Tax Department of Citicorp/Citibank in New York. He has also practiced law for briefer periods in Santiago, Chile; Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo Brazil; and in Paris. He has written more than one hundred professional articles on international taxation and finance, published in the Journal of International Taxation (New York) and the International Financial Law Review (a Euromoney publication, London), and he is a member of the Board of Advisors of both Journals.

Ajay Vohra:Ajay is a Senior Advocate. Apart from litigation before Courts, he is also actively involved in advisory practice relating to M & A, international tax and transfer pricing. He has been rated as one of the "most highly-acclaimed legal experts in the Asia-Pacific region" in the field of Taxation by AsialawLeading Lawyers Guide for several years.

E. Miller Williams:E. Miller Williams, Jr. is one of Ernst & Young LLP's (EY) lead Transfer Pricing Controversy Specialist in the United States. Heis the immediate past Chair of the Transfer Pricing Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) Tax Section and a member of the Georgia Bar Association. He has authored several transfer pricing articles, and is frequently quoted in transfer pricing publications.

John Wonfor:John is the Global Head of Tax for BDO International, assuming this role on January 1, 2010. In this role, He is responsible for developing the tax service line in the BDO International network, ensuring high quality and consistent service across the globe. Prior to that, He was the National Tax Partner for BDO Canada LLP and was the head of the firm's National Tax Department.

Hemal Zobalia:Hemal is a Partner with Deloitte Haskins & Sells LLP. Currently, he is the India Tax leader for Energy & Infrastructure sector. Hemal has an expertise in providing specific tax structuring and litigation support services. Hemal has been speaker faculty for over 5 years of IBFD courses which includes advanced level workshop on Permanent Establishments.

For more information and registration form, visit our website- or contact Ms. Anjali Advani (Anju) by post, fax, email or telephone

Foundation for International Taxation
Attn : Ms. Anjali Advani (Anju)
622, Maker Chambers V,
6th Floor,
221 Nariman Point,
Mumbai 400 021.
Tel.: +91-22-2202 4259/61,
TeleFax: +91-22-2202 4260.

A copy of this brochure and the registration form can be downloaded from our website.

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