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Speaker Profiles (April 9th - June 4th, 2011)
Girish Dave: Girish retired as Chief Commissioner of Income-tax from Mumbai in early 2010 after serving in the Income tax Department for more than three decades in various capacities. He was Director of Income tax (International Taxation) Mumbai from the year 2005 until 2009, where he was involved with several major international tax cases (e.g. Vodafone, IHHI, SET, etc.). His main areas of interest are tax investigation and representation.

Kuntal Dave: Kuntal is the proprietor of his firm, Nanubhai Desai & Co. in Mumbai. He actively advises clients on various corporate restructuring matters and on foreign collaboration arrangements with innovative tax efficient and legally compliant strategies. He is the Chairman of Young IFA Network (YIN), IFA Netherlands. He is also the honorary secretary of IFA India Branch and also of Western Regional Chapter of IFA India Branch. He is member of the Direct Taxation Committee of the Indian Merchants’ Chamber.

Vishal Gada: Vishal is a Director in KPMG India's tax & regulatory practice. He specialises in International Taxation and Regulatory Laws concerning cross-border transactions and inbound as well as outbound Investments. He focuses on the Telecom, Technology and Media-Entertainment Sector and advises some of the leading players in these Sectors.

Sharad Jain: Sharad leads the global business advisory service team as partner of the firm, T.P. Ostwal & Associates. He advises clients on a wide range of issues involving non-resident taxation, cross border transaction structuring, inbound and outbound investments, and transfer pricing planning and compliance. He was co-author of Indian branch report on ‘Group Taxation’ for IFA Austria Conference.

Jayesh Kariya: Jayesh is a Partner in the Infrastructure, Real Estate & Government Group of KPMG in Mumbai with over 20 years professional experience. He has advised major multinational clients and has developed significant expertise and strong understanding of global tax and regulatory ramifications of cross-border transactions. He lectures frequently cross-border taxation issues.

Kishore Kariya: Kishore is Chairman, Taxation Committee, Bombay Chartered Accountant's Society and Chairman, Taxation Committee, Indian Merchants Chamber, Mumbai. He is Former Head of the Accountancy Department, M.M.K. College of Commerce & Economics, Mumbai. Kishore is a frequent speaker and writer on international taxation.

Mayur Nayak: Mayur is the proprietor of his firm, MB Nayak & Co. in Mumbai. He is a specialist on issues involving international taxation (including transfer pricing), cross-border investments and Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). He is currently the President of the Bombay Chartered Accountants’ Society. Over the years, Mayur has authored several books on international taxation and FEMA. In 2005, he was co-author on the Indian Branch Report on “Source and Residence: New Configuration of their Principles” for IFA Congress in Buenos Aires.

T.P. Ostwal: T.P. Ostwal is the senior partner of the firm of T.P. Ostwal & Associates in India. He is Ex Chairman of International Fiscal Association - India Branch, and a Vice President and member of the Executive Committee of IFA based in the Netherlands. He is also a member of the expert group on Transfer Pricing for Developing Countries set up by the United Nations. In 2007, he was ranked as 11th most influential tax professional in the world by Tax Business magazine in the United Kingdom.

Vispi T. Patel: Vispi runs his proprietary firm, Vispi T Patel, based in Mumbai. He has been closely associated with the development of Transfer Pricing law in India since its inception. He advises companies on transfer pricing and international tax issues, including economic strategy, business transformation, transfer pricing documentation, inbound and outbound strategy & structuring of cross border transactions etc. He was recently nominated as India’s leading Transfer Pricing Consultant by International Tax Review –World Tax and by Euromoney Legal Media Group.

Roy Rohatgi: Roy spent several years in Mumbai (Bombay) in the eighties where he established and ran the Indian firm of Arthur Andersen as managing partner. He is a visiting professor in international taxation in several universities. He is the author of the book “Basic International Taxation” (now in its Second Edition). Since 1995, he has been the conference director of the annual international taxation conference organised by the Foundation for International Taxation.

Sunil Choudhary: Sunil is Associate Director, Tax & Regulatory Services, Ernst & Young, India. Prior to joining E&Y in 2007, he worked with BDO Haribhakti as partner. He has more than 17 years of experience in advising various small, medium and large corporate, on domestic, cross border tax issues, exchange control and regulatory issues.

Mrugen Trivedi: Mrugen is an Associate Director in KPMG India's tax practice. He takes care of the Tax Knowledge and Solutions Team in KPMG. He specialises in Corporate Taxation as well as International Taxation concerning cross-border transactions. He is a member of the Direct Tax Committee of the Chamber of Tax Consultants.

Shabbir Motorwala: Shabbir is a Director in the Global International Corporate Tax & Regulatory team of M/s. KPMG in Mumbai with over thirteen years of professional experience. He specializes in corporate-tax, foreign exchange laws, international tax and tax treaties provisions. Shabbir is a regular speaker at tax seminars and conferences on international tax issues in India.

Keyur Shah: Keyur is a partner with the Financial Services tax practice of KPMG India based in Mumbai. He has over 14 years of experience in advising clients on international tax and regulatory issues. He specializes in a wide range of tax services including entry and exit strategies for cross border investments, tax planning, designing and implementing transfer pricing strategies.

Karishma R Phatarphekar: Karishma is a Partner at Grant Thornton India and leads their transfer pricing practice. Prior to joining Grant Thornton in 2004, she worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers for more than five years on transfer pricing compliance issues. Her other areas of experience deal with tax and regulatory compliance on a wide range of international tax matters. She has also worked in the Corporate Finance division of an international Investment bank. She is a Chartered Accountant and a CPA.

Hariharan Gangadharan: Hariharan is a Senior Manager in KPMG India's tax practice. He specialises in inbound and outbound international tax issues including structuring of cross-border transactions, permanent establishments and related treaty issues. He focuses on the Telecom, Technology and Media-Entertainment Sector. He is admitted to the Bar in the State of New York."

Hema Lohiya: Hema is a senior manager in the Mumbai office of Deloitte Haskins & Sells with over ten years experience in international tax and exchange control regulation. Her experience covers structuring of cross-border investments into India and outside India, advising on cross border transactions, setting up tax efficient offshore structure etc.

Hitesh Sharma: Hitesh works as a tax manager in the international assignment services division of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Mumbai. He specializes in individual taxation and cross-border taxation matters involving mobile employees. Over the years, he has worked extensively on employee compensation matters and reward plans for Indian and foreign companies.

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