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CONFERENCE SPEAKERS: A BRIEF BIODATA - 2017
(as at November 29, 2017)
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.
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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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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. SS
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 leading senior lawyer who practices 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. SS
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OUR "KLAUS VOGEL" SPEAKER (2017)
Pascal Saint-Amans (France):Pascal is the Director of the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration (CTPA) and has played a key role 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. SS
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OUR GUEST OF HONOUR
Shabri Bhattasali (India) :Ms Bhattasali is a Member of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), Government of India with special responsibility for, among other functions, the training of International Taxation principles and its practice among the Indian Revenue officers.
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OUR OECD SPEAKERS
Pascal Saint Amans: see above
Maikel Evers (The Netherlands:Maikel currently leads the work on MLI in the OECD Centre for Tax Policy & Administration (CTPA) based in Paris. Previously, he was a counsellor to the CTPA Director and coordinator of the BEPS Project. Before joining the OECD, he was the policy advisor to the Netherlands Ministry of Finance responsible for treaty negotiations.FS/PS
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 several member countries and jurisdictions. The forum also monitors and peer reviews them against agreed international standards of exchange of information on request and on 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. FS/PS
Jefferson Vandervolk (UK/US):Jefferson is the Head of Tax Treaty, Transfer Pricing and Financial Transactions Division at the OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration in Paris. Prior to joining OECD in 2016, he worked for over 30 years in international taxation in various roles, like as an advisor, a US government official, a law professor and a corporate executive in several cities such as Hong Kong, Washington, London and New York. He is also currently a member of the Permanent Scientific Committee of the International Fiscal Association. FS/PS
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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. 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. FS/PS

Ashish Kumar (India):Ashish is an officer of the Indian Revenue Service with significant experience on tax policy issues (including policy matters relating to transfer pricing). He is currently one of the two Commissioners dealing with Advance Pricing Agreements in India. Prior to his APA assignment, he was in the CBDT policy division for several years. PS

Pramod Kumar (India):Pramod is a senior tax judge as a Member of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal since 2000. He is also a former Director (2011-2016) of the International Association of Tax Judges, set up by the Tax Court of Canada. He has addressed several international tax conferences. Pramod is recognized worldwide for his high quality judicial decisions in the field of Indian international taxation and transfer pricing. PS

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

G S Pannu (India):Justice Pannu is highly respected tax judge with the Indian Tax Appeal Tribunal, currently based in Mumbai in India.SS

Akhilesh Ranjan (India):Akhilesh is the current 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). During this period, he 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 administration in India. SS

Pragya Saksena (India):Pragya is currently a Competent Authority for Europe and America and a joint secretary (FT & TR-1) in the Ministry of Finance in India. Besides, 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.

Sanjeev Sharma (India):Sanjeev is currently working as Commissioner of Income Tax on Advance Pricing Agreements. 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. PS

Vinay Kumar Singh (India):Vinay is a Director (Foreign Tax & Tax Research-I) at CBDT. His work assignments include all matters related to tax treaties with countries in North America, Europe, and Caribbean. He also represents India in the Working Party-1 of Committee of Fiscal Affairs of OECD, dealing with tax treaty matters. He was also the Member Secretary of the Committee constituted by CBDT to examine matters related to taxation of E-Commerce. PS

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 was empanelled by UNDP as an expert for helping developing countries in tax administration. PS

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OUR IBFD SPEAKERS
 

Jan Maarten Slagter:Jan is the Chief Executive Officer of IBFD as from January 2017. Jan is recognised today for his wide business and academic experience gained over the years. He started his career as a corporate lawyer after graduating in 1993 from Leiden and then switched to financial journalism in the Netherlands. In the two years before joining IBFD, he divided his time between teaching corporate governance at a local university, co-writing a corporate biography and holding several directorships (among them, KPMG Netherlands). Today, he is also a regular column writer on financial and economic issues for De Telegraaf, the Netherland's largest newspaper by circulation.SC

Premkumar Baldewsing : (aka Boyke Baldewsing): Boyke is a Principal Research Associate at IBFD. He has extensive experience in international tax with financial institutions and Big Four firms, and as a lawyer at the Amsterdam Bar. He was a senior registrar at the Tax Chamber of the Court of Appeal in The Hague for four years. Boyke is a visiting lecturer at Nyenrode University, and a member of the tax committee of the Dutch Association of Banks He is also currently a member of the Dutch Association of Tax Advisers, and involved in several community organizations. PS

Joao Felix Pinto Nogueira:Joao is the Adjunct of IBFD's Academic Chairman. His areas of academic expertise are international and European tax law, fields in which he has published a dissertation and several articles. He has more than fifteen years of experience in teaching and is currently responsible for several master courses on EU and International Tax Law. Dr Nogueira is an active member of several educational organizations and heads YIN-IFA in Portugal. He is also part of the ECJ Task Force of the Confederation Fiscale Europeenne, and member of the General Council of IFA." PS

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.. SC/SS/PS

Victor van Kommer:Victor was elected a member of its Executive Board of IBFD in 2008 and is its Tax Services Director since 2011. He previously worked with the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration, where he was in charge of the Planning and Control Department. He has also served as a member of the management team of the Fiscal Intelligence and Investigation Division (FIOD). Victor has published several books on the Dutch tax system and its organization, performance management and internal auditing. His recent Handbook on Tax Administration has been translated into several languages. Victor is a Professor of Tax Policy at the Utrecht University School of Economics FS/PS.

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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 and its LLM programme in International Taxation and the Executives Program in Transfer Pricing. He is also the Chairman of the Permanent Scientific Committee of IFA and a founding partner of Danon & Salom, an independent tax law firm in Switzerland. In 2015, he was appointed by the Swiss finance minister as an expert to analyze the constitutionality of the entire corporate tax reform of his country. SS.

R V Easwar (India):Justice Easwar is a retired Judicial Member of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal ("ITAT") in India. He was subsequently appointed as Judge of the Delhi High Court. In 2015, he was made head of a 10-member committee set up by the Indian government to recommend changes in Indian tax laws and administration for them to achieve more predictability and certainty, reduce tax litigation and facilitate their speedier disposal. The first report was issued in January 2016. SS

Daniel Erasmus (USA & South Africa):Daniel is an adjunct professor with a PhD in tax and constitutional law. He has practiced tax law for over 28 years in the United States and South Africa. Daniel is also an adjunct professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in California and recognized internationally for his book on tax risk management. SS

Robert Goulder (USA):Robert is senior tax policy counsel with Tax Analysts in the United States. He previously served as editor in chief of Tax Analysts' publications on international tax issues and tax treaties. Robert is a highly qualified and experienced US tax lawyer. Robert joined Tax Analysts in 1999. FS/PS

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. 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." SS

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 several Universities and has also authored several books and articles on international tax, business, and economic law. SS

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. SC/FS/PS/SS

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), Masters 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. He writes a monthly column in Business Standard, an Indian daily newspaper. He participates in numerous 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.

Mindy Herzfeld (USA):Mindy is currently a Professor of Tax Law and Director of the LL.M. program in international taxation at the University of Florida. Previously, she was a contributing editor at Tax Notes International (a weekly journal) since 2014 for Tax Analysts. Over this period, she has published over 150 articles, many cited in law reviews and US government reports and studies. From 2004 - 2013, she was senior manager with Deloitte Tax LLP in New York. Currently, she is also attached to Ivins, Phillips & Barker, a law firm in Washington DC. SS

Michael Kobetsky (Australia):Michael is an Adjunct Professor at the College of Law at the Australian National University. 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 an active member of the United Nations Sub-Committee on Transfer Pricing and the United Nations Sub-Committee on Extractive Industries Taxation Issues for Developing Countries. SS

Kees van Raad (The Netherlands):Kees is Professor of International Tax Law at the University of Leiden (The Netherlands), Chairman of the International Tax Center Leiden and Director of the Leiden Adv LLM Program in International Tax Law. He is of counsel to Loyens & Loeff, a Netherlands-based internationally active (tax) law firm. Kees is also a member of IBFD's Board of Trustees and the steering group for OECD's International Network for Tax Research. Kees is also active in the International Fiscal Association in several senior roles. He has published comprehensively on issues of international tax law issues. SC/PS

For information only: Kees is currently: chairman of the Jury for the annual Mitchell B. Carroll Prize; a past member [1986-2006] of its Permanent Scientific Committee, a general reporter, member/chairman of IFA congress panels; and since August 2016: Honorary Member. He is also a past Chairman (2006-2012) of the Executive Board of the European Association of Tax Law Professors and a past member (2003-2015) of the Supervisory Board of the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance in Munich, Germany. He has served as a consultant to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on tax treaties.

David Spencer (USA):David is an attorney in New York, specializing in tax law and banking law. Before opening his own 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 written more than one hundred professional articles on international taxation and finance, now published in the Journal of International Taxation (New York) and the International Financial Law Review (a Euromoney publication, London). He is a member of the Board of Advisors of both Journals. David is a graduate of Harvard Business School. SS FS/SC/PS

Philippe Thevoz (Switzerland):Philippe is the Executive Vice-President of EGovernment Systems at SICPA in Switzerland, a privately-owned company founded in 1927, providing secured identification, traceability and authentication solutions and services. The company is a trusted service provider to governments, central banks, high security printers and industry. Since 2015, as independent consultant, he advises governments and businesses in their digital transformation, with a strong accent on Blockchain technologies. This includes a "Digital Integrity Platform", including disruptive solutions for VAT collection, based upon the latest digital technologies, such as Blockchain, cryptography, digital Identity, physical-digital link and artificial intelligence. SS

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OUR SESSION CHAIRMAN AND PANEL LEADERS
 

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. PL

Clive Baxter (Denmark):Clive is the Head of Tax Governance and Policy at A.P.Moller - Maersk A/S, a global organisation headquartered in Denmark. 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 the 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 elected Vice President of Region XI (Asia, Latin America and EMEA). SC/PS

Mukesh Butani (India):Mukesh is the Managing Partner and Tax practice leader of BMR Legal in India as an international tax lawyer. He was the Tax practice leader 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 in India. He is currently a member of OECD's Business Restructuring & Advisory Group, Vice-Chairman of ICC Paris Taxation Commission, and a member from India of the IFA Permanent Scientific Committee. SC/FS/PS

Anis Chakravarty (India):Anis is a partner with Deloitte India. He brings considerable experience in advising companies in the European Union, India, and in 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. PL

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 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. PL

Kuntal Dave (India):Kuntal is the proprietor of Nanubhai Desai & Co, an old established firm of chartered accountants based at Mumbai. 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. Last year, he co-authored a book providing detailed analysis on Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income & Assets) & Imposition of Tax Act, 2015. PL

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 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. SC

Carol Dunahoo (USA):Carol is a partner in the Washington office of Baker & McKenzie LLP where she specializes in dispute resolution, policy and compliance issues on transfer pricing and tax treaty matters. She previously served as IRS Director, International, and was US Competent Authority where she was responsible for the interpretation and application of treaties, including APAs and MAPs. During the years, several tax journals have named her as one of the leading tax lawyers in the United States. SC/PS

Shefali Goradia (India):Shefali is a partner with Deloitte Haskins & Sells LLP in India (previously with BMR & Associates LLP) 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 rated as among the top ten international tax advisers in India in World Tax. SC/PS

Vipul Jhaveri (India):Vipul is the Managing Partner - Tax at 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. SC/PS

Dinesh Kanabar (India):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 has been active in several government committees on taxation issues. He is also noted for his work on some of the largest and most complicated M&A transactions, internal reorganizations, tax litigation, Competent Authority proceedings, Advance Pricing Agreements, etc. in the country. SC

Milind Kothari (India):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. PL

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. He served 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. His work experience was at the top level in the Indian Revenue. SC/PS

Sachin Menon (India): Sachin is the partner and 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]. SC/PL

Rahul K Mitra (India): 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 been consistently rated as amongst the leading transfer pricing professionals and tax litigators in India by Euromoney and International Tax Review, since 2010. PL

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. SC

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 co-authored a book "International Taxation - A Basic Study" and is active in professional activities and conferences. PL

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, he was Regional Managing Partner, Chairman - Tax and Country Leader - Markets & Industries at PricewaterhouseCoopers India and 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. PL

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 the Government on legal aspects of financial matters. He is also a tax assessor of the OECD Global Forum.. He has also for the last ten years been involved in tax treaty negotiations. SC

Radhakishan Rawal (India): 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 that provide regular guidance to the tax practice on technical aspects. PL

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. SC

Girish Vanvari (India):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. PS

Uday Ved (India):Uday is currently a free-lance expert on 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 had worked as a Senior Partner with Arthur Andersen in India. PL/PS

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OUR PANEL SPEAKERS
 

Aladesawe Adeyemi (Nigeria)Aladesawe is a Manager in Federal Inland Revenue Service in Nigeria. In his over 10 years' legal career in 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 tax committees in his country, including on anti-terrorism and money laundering, multiple taxation and exchange of information. PS

Daksha Baxi (India):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. PS

Pranay Bhatia (India): 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 several Indian and global MNC's in strategizing their business restructuring and tax litigation strategy in India using various structures like LLPs, trusts, etc. PS

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. PS

Vikram Chand (Switzerland):Vikram is the Executive Director, International Tax Education, Tax Policy Center of the University of Lausanne (UNIL) wherein he manages the Master of Advanced Studies in International Taxation (MASIT) Program and the Executive Program in Transfer Pricing (EPTP). Recently, he was appointed as an "external expert" for the OECD on international tax policy, tax treaties and transfer pricing related matters. Vikram holds a PhD (with distinction) in International tax law.

Gokul Chaudhri (India):Gokul is currently a partner with Deloitte in India as a member of the Tax Leadership after the merger of his previous firm, BMR & Associates LLP this year. He is also 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. He is well known as a speaker with a focus on the energy sector in India. PS

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, and 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 primarily 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). PS

Ashvin Dwarka (Mauritius):Ashvin is a sworn law practitioner and Counsellor licensed to practise as Notary in Mauritius. He holds an LLB (Hons) and an LLM (Tax) from the London School of Economics, as well as a postgraduate degree (D.E.S.S.) in Civil and Notarial Law from the University of Paris (Sorbonne). After 5 years as an associate with the real estate and finance departments in the Paris offices of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, he set up his own legal practice, and now totals over 15 years' professional experience. PS

Prashant Deshpande (India):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. PS

Hariharan Gangadharan (India):): Hari is a law graduate with over 13 years of experience in the field of international and corporate tax. He holds an L.L.M. degree from Columbia University School of Law, New York where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar. He is part of his Firm's technical group and focuses extensively on policy issues, development of tax solutions and thought leadership. Hari is a frequent speaker on tax matters and has written in several professional journals. He was earlier associated with KPMG as Director, and before that with PricewaterhouseCoopers. PS

Vladimir Gidirim (Russia):Vladimir is a partner with Ernst & Young, Middle East International tax practice, and is their Tax Head in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Previously, he worked for Arthur Andersen during 1996-2002 and then with Ernst & Young in their Moscow offices. He has authored 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. PS

K.R. Girish (India):K R Girish is a Founder Member and Director of Internatoinal Tax Research and Analysis Foundation (ITRAF). Previously he was the Senior Tax Partner and National Head of Tax Litigation and Disputes resolution practice in KPMG. After KPMG for over 20 years he joined Leapridge Advisors LLP to head their tax practice. He has now set up his own practice under the name KR Girish & Associates specializing in direct tax and regulatory issues. He has been consistently rated as one of the Tax Controversy Leaders in the survey by International Tax Review (ITR), UK, 4th year in a row. He is a faculty member on international tax for the ICAI International Tax post graduate programme. PS

Ranjana Gupta (New Zealand):Ranjana is a senior lecturer in taxation at Auckland University of technology (AUT). Her experience includes research and tax consulting to an accounting firm in Auckland besides teaching tax courses to students. She regularly presents research papers at tax and accounting conferences and writes papers published in professional journals. PS

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. PS

Rohit Jain (India):Rohit is a Partner in the Tax practice of ELP, focusing not only on indirect taxes, direct tax and transfer pricing but also on the newly introduced GST. He has been recognized for his expertise in Tax by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2014 to 2017, has been recommended by the Tax Director's Handbook 2012 and has also featured in World Transfer Pricing 2015. Prior to joining ELP, Rohit was part of the Tax team at RSM & Co. in India. PS

Hari Om Jindal (India):Hari is a practicing Chartered Accountant in India since 1989. His practice area includes, domestic taxation, international taxation and transfer pricing. He has written three books. His first book on "Business Expenditure Law and Practice" was published in 2007 & 2008. His second book on "Law Relating to Transfer Pricing with OECD Transfer Pricing Guidelines" was published in 2011. His third book on "Indian Transfer Pricing in relation to International Taxation" is published in 2015.He is also the Managing Editor of "Global Taxation" a journal on international taxation, transfer pricing & BEPS. Earlier, he was also Coordinating Editor of "International Taxation", a journal on international taxation, from 2009 to 2014. He has written more than 100 articles on income tax, transfer pricing, international taxation, and service tax. PS

Akshay Kenkre (India):Akshay is a transfer pricing, International taxation and BEPS implementation specialist. He is a founder of TransPrice (member of Quantera Global), a tax firm focused on providing services in the Transfer Pricing and international taxation. He has recently authored a book on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting, which is released world-wide by Lexis Nexis. Early in his career, he was associated with PwC and Ernst & Young in India. He has also been associated with Bayer Group of Companies in India as an advisor on Transfer Pricing and International Taxation. He currently also teaches international taxes at the Jindal Global School of Law in India. PS

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

Mahesh Kumar (India):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. PS

Sunil M Lala (India):Sunil is a lawyer as well as a qualified Chartered Accountant practicing as a tax counsel 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. PS

Sanjiv Malhotra (India):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. Before joining Baker & McKenzie, Sanjeev was a partner in a leading tax consulting firm in India. PS

Bela Sheth Mao (India):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 several tax committees of Indian trade organizations, and actively involved in issues impacting business in India. She was previously employed as Country Tax Lead for South Asia with Shell India. She is currently a tax partner in Deloittes in India. PS

Shikha Mehra (India):Shikha holds a faculty position at Jindal Global Law School near Delhi, designing and delivering courses on Tax and Property Law, in India. Recently, she has also been actively speaking and writing on topics such as taxation in the digital economy and the application of OECD (BEPS) guidelines in India. She is an active speaker and trainer with recent engagements including tax training on GST to State Civil Service Officers in India and at the CII (Confederation of Indian Industries). She is also a writer and speaker on Crypto currencies and Blockchains and tax impact of digital economy. PS

For information only: Shikha is also on the panel of DABFI (Digital Asset and Blockchain Foundation of India) and is actively involved in the crypto-ecosystem as a writer and speaker on the conceptual, technological, and regulatory evolution of Crypto Currencies and the underlying Distributed Ledger Technology. She has recently spoken at several international conferences in India and abroad on digital economy. She is also part of a global multi-stakeholder committee, which is a collaboration between Vienna University, Austria, and NET (new economy taxation), to explore how businesses and tax administrations around the world are reacting to and managing Blockchain technology and Crypto assets in Asia. Shikha advises investors and businesses on how to leverage Crypto assets and Blockchain technology. PS

Amar Mehta (India):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, 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). PS

Nikhil Mehta (UK):Nikhil is a tax barrister and a member of Gray's Inn Tax chambers in London since 2010. He has practiced international tax for over 25 years, both in India and United Kingdom. He spent 18 years working with Linklaters, UK as a partner. Apart from his tax practice, he set up Linklaters' India Business Group and headed it for ten years. He is qualified both in India and the United Kingdom. In India, he began his career in the Chambers of Sanat Mehta, a leading lawyer in Mumbai in the eighties.PS

Manish Mishra (India):Manish is Partner with the Indirect Tax practice. His area of expertise include advising clients on tax-efficient transaction planning, logistics and supply-chain management and contract drafting and reviews.He is also actively involved in GST policy formulation and advocacy with the policymakers. PS

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

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 in the past and has received several commendations for his "out of the box and innovative thinking". PS

Ignatius Mvula (Zambia):Ignatius Kawaza Mvula is an Assistant Director with the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) heading the Mining Audit unit. He has over fifteen years' tax experience and has been involved in tax treaty negotiations, tax policy advice and formulation, and executing and overseeing tax audits. Ignatius was a member of the UN Tax Committee (2013 to 2017) and is currently a member of the UN Sub-committee on Extractives and Energy. PS.

Bobby Parikh (India):Bobby is the Co-founder and managing partner at BMR & Associates LLP, where he led 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. Recently, his firm merged with Deloitte, Haskin & Sells in India. Bobby commands a global reputation in India as a very capable professional. He plans to set up a boutique financial consulting firm in his retirement. PS

Pimpriker (India):Uday is a Partner in E&Y LLP and the Indirect Tax Leader for the technology media and telecom vertical. In GST, he has played an integral role in engaging with the GST policy framework on behalf of several sectors and has a crucial understanding of the imperatives driving revenue as also concerns of the industry.

Rohan K Phatarphekar (India):Rohan has more than 25 years of experience in International tax and transfer pricing. He leads the Base Erosion Profit Shifting (BEPS) initiative within Deloitte Haskins & Sells in India. As a leading transfer pricing adviser, he features in the Euromoney's biennial Guide to the World's Leading Transfer Pricing Advisers. PS

Rupak Saha (India):Rupak is a Partner with PwC India and leads the Global Enterprise Tax Solutions team in India, a new team of PwC worldwide to provide integrated, enterprise managed tax services to MNC clients on a global basis. Prior to joining PwC in April 2017, he led GE India Tax function for more than 20 years. Rupak is a regular speaker at tax seminars in India and participates in various chambers and tax forums on tax policy advocacy with the Indian Government. PS

Jiger Saiya (India): Jiger is a Head of Tax & Regulatory practice at BDO in India. He has 14 years of professional experience in handling taxation and Transfer Pricing engagements. Jiger is a regular contributor to several Indian business media and a frequent speaker at various forums. He is also a member of tax committees at various professional chambers & associations, and a faculty member for tax at a reputed Indian Business School.

Rashmin Sanghvi (India): Rashmin is in practice in Mumbai since 1975. He is a partner of Rashmin Sanghvi Associates specializing in international taxation & Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) matters. In early 2000s, he was a member of the High-Powered Committee on E-Commerce Taxation which debated the issue of its taxation. He had again been appointed a member of E-Commerce committee in the year 2015. This Committee's Report resulted in a new tax as an Equalization Levy. The committee in 2016 is working to improve the global acceptability of this Levy. PS

Dennis Schafer (Singapore): Dennis is a tax adviser at Loyens & Loeff Singapore LLP. He is a member of the Investment Management practice group and advises a wide range of cross-border transactions, including international structuring and/or restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, international tax planning and structured finance. He is also a member of the Dutch Association of Tax Advisers (NOB) and the International Fiscal Association. PS

Rohan Shah (India): 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. PS

Rohinton Sidhwa (India): 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 over a year at their Los Angeles office in the United States. During his secondment in the U.S., he served on the India tax desk for the U.S. member firm. PS

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 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. PL/PS

Amit Singhania (India): Amit is a partner at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co., a leading law firm in India. He is a chartered accountant, a member of the Bar Council of India, and a member of the direct tax committee of several corporate associations in India. PS

Himanshu Sinha (India): Himanshu is a Partner in Trilegal and leads the tax practice of the firm. He is actively engaged in negotiating Advance Pricing Agreements in India on behalf of global companies. 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. PS

Ajay Vohra (India): Ajay is a Senior Advocate based in Delhi. 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 for several years as one of the "most highly-acclaimed legal experts in the Asia-Pacific region" in the field of taxation by Asialaw Leading Lawyers Guide. PS

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, including India and Singapore. 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 its tax profile and strategy spanning its global platforms, and led GE's tax organization in Europe, India, East Asia and ANZ.. PS

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