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Neeti Biyani, Programme Consultant, Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability
Neeti works with Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability on issues of tax and development, tax justice, illicit financial flows and financial transparency. She advocates with national governments and regional institutions in Asia on these issues. She also coordinates a network of Asian civil society organizations and experts leading diverse developmental campaigns and taxation. She has previously worked on electoral reforms in India with a wide range of stakeholders, including national oversight institutions. She has a background in International Politics from School of Oriental and African Studies.
Alex Cobham, Director of Research, Tax Justice Network
Alex Cobham is a development economist and Director of Research at the international Tax Justice Network, and a visiting fellow at King’s College London IDI. Over the last fifteen years Alex has held various policy and research posts, including as a research fellow at the Center for Global Development, as chief policy adviser at Christian Aid and head of research at Save the Children (UK), and at Oxford as a junior economics fellow at St Anne’s college and as a researcher at Queen Elizabeth House.
Subrat Das, Executive Director, Centre for Budget and Governance Accountibility
Subrat Das is serving as the Executive Director of CBGA since 2010. Over the last 12 years, Subrat has worked extensively on government financing of social sectors, fiscal policy and social inclusion, and some of the structural issues in the federal fiscal architecture in India. A major part of his work in these areas has been towards creating spaces for transparency and accountability through rigorous analysis of government budgets, and he has also tried to foster people’s participation on these complex issues by demystifying them. He has been closely involved with the designing and implementation of collective advocacy efforts by a large number of civil society organisations, under the banner of People’s Budget Initiative (PBI), for progressivity in the country’s fiscal policy. He studied Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Adrian Falco, Fundación SES
Adrian Falco is a member of Fundación SES’s Department of International Cooperation for Development and a member of Latindadd’s Study Group on New Financial Architecture. He is a member of the Coordination group of the Tax Justice Network for Latin America and the Caribbean and the coordinator of the Argentine SCO Platform for Regional Integration and Advocacy at the G20 (PLARSUR, by its Spanish acronym). He coordinated the writing of the book “Double taxation agreements in Latin America: analysis of the links between taxes, trade and finance responsible” (2013) and has a degree in sociology from the University of Buenos Aires.
Elena Gaita, Policy Officer on Corporate Transparency, Transparency International EU
Elena joined Transparency International EU in July 2015 and leads the organisation’s work on corporate transparency, focusing on advocacy campaigns on tax transparency and extractive industries transparency. Before joining Transparency International EU, Elena has worked on corporate accountability issues at Amnesty International and the European Coalition for Corporate Justice, following initiatives on conflict minerals, corporate non-financial reporting and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. She studied Foreign Languages, International Relations and European Union Studies at the Universities of Rome (Italy) and Salzburg (Austria).
Andres Knobel, Tax Justice Network
Andres Knobel is a lawyer and consultant with the Tax Justice Network. His work focuses on the Financial Secrecy Index, a research analysis on the legal transparency framework of more than 100 jurisdictions in terms of banking secrecy, beneficial ownership registration, and anti-money laundering among others. He also specializes in automatic exchange of information (FATCA and the OECD’s CRS), abusive regimes of trust law and tax avoidance mechanisms. He has been invited to speak at conferences regarding these issues in Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Panama, Peru, Spain, the UK and the US. He studied law at University of Buenos Aires (exchange program at Columbia University in New York) and he is finishing his Masters in Law and Economics at Di Tella University (exchange program at Humboldt University in Berlin).
Lakshmi Kumar, Global Financial Integrity
Lakshmi Kumar is the Policy Director at Global Financial Integrity with several years of experience working on issues of financial policy, securities investigation, regulatory governance, anti-corruption, and anti-money laundering/terrorist financing. Prior to joining GFI, Ms. Kumar was a lawyer and policy professional in India, working with governments and regulatory agencies across South Asia, East Africa, and Eurasia to investigate money laundering and terrorist financing risks to their financial systems. Her prior work includes drafting legislation to identify beneficial ownership for the financial sector in India, assessing and evaluating the robustness of the securities market in the Eurasian region for the Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering (EAG), and conducting investigations on sovereign wealth funds, procurement procedures, and other off-shore investment entities for fraud and terrorist financing risks. She received a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a B.A, LL.B from the NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, India.
Alvin Mosioma, Director, Tax Justice Network Africa
Alvin Mosioma holds a Master’s of Science in Economics from the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz in Germany. Mr. Mosioma has developed expertise on economic justice issues with specific focus on international finance trade and taxation. He is the founding Director of the Tax Justice Network Africa and has overseen the institutional growth of the secretariat and expansion of the network’s membership in the African continent.
Liz Nelson, director, Tax Justice & Human Rights, Tax Justice Network
Liz Nelson is a director at the Tax Justice Network and is developing TJN’s programme of work on tax justice and human rights. Before joining TJN, Liz was the Development Manager at the Skoll Centre in the University of Oxford’s Said Business School and for the previous twenty years developed housing services for vulnerable and ‘at risk’ adults and families. Liz studied Human Rights and Development Management from the Open University’s Global Programme in Development Management and Women’s Human Rights at the London School of Economics (LSE).
Tove Maria Ryding, Senior Policy Analyst, Eurodad
Tove joined Eurodad in March 2013 as Senior Policy Analyst. She works on capital flight and tax issues and carries out policy research, analysis and advocacy as well as coordination and communications work. Before joining Eurodad Tove worked with Greenpeace International as coordinator for climate policy. She’s also been chair of the Danish 92 Group for 5 years and head of the Danish NGO Forests of the World for 3 years. Tove speaks Danish, Swedish and English. B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Copenhagen.