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Author of “Capitalism’s Achilles Heel: Dirty Money and How to Renew the Free-Market System,” Raymond Baker has for many years been an internationally respected authority on corruption, money laundering, economic growth and foreign policy, particularly their impact on developing economies as well as Western economic interests. He has written and spoken extensively, testified often before Senate and House committees and been quoted worldwide. He comments frequently on television and radio in the United States, Europe and Asia on legislative matters and policy questions, having appeared on ABC News Nightline, CNN, BBC, NPR and Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Four Corners, among others. Mr. Baker received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his BA from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Sarah Bracht Vaugeois, Programs Manager, Financial Transparency Coalition
As deputy to the Coalition’s director, Sarah plays the role of chief operations officer and oversees the outreach strategy. A veteran of the FTC, she has overseen the coalition’s strategic expansion from its roots in northern-based advocacy to becoming a global coalition, including creating the Regional Program managing its transition to the Southern Regions Program. Over the last three years, she has been leading the effort to bring southern-based organizations into the coalition governance structure. Sarah has coordinated the FTC’s linking of illicit financial flows to gender issues, as well as helping to put into place an internal gender policy. She transitioned to the FTC in 2013 from member organization Global Financial Integrity (GFI), where she served as Outreach Coordinator for the Task Force on Financial Integrity and Economic Development. Prior to joining GFI, She worked as a legal assistant at BuckleySandler LLP, a financial services law firm located in Washington, D.C. Sarah graduated from the University of Dayton with a B.A. in International Studies and French Language.
Jason Braganza, Deputy Executive Director, Tax Justice Network – Africa
Jason Rosario Braganza is the Deputy Executive Director of TJN-A. In his role as DED, he offers support to and strengthens existing programmes in line with the new Strategic Plan 2016-2020. He supports the day-to-day management of programme implementation; ensuring quality throughout the different thematic areas and plays a coordinating role with TJN-A members and partners across Africa and beyond.
He is an economist with a background in business development, strategy development, programme coordination, project management, and stakeholder management experience. He has over ten years’ experience in working on development issues including regional integration, international development, trade policy, and private sector development issues. Prior to joining TJN-A, Mr. Braganza had worked with Development Initiatives, a British research organization as Senior Analyst. His technical competences include trade policy, expenditure and revenue analysis, poverty analysis amongst others. He also worked with Department for International Development, Ministry of East African Community (Kenya), Adam Smith International and the International Growth Centre.
Mr. Braganza holds a Masters of Arts in Development Economics from the University of Sussex. He had previously graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from SOAS University of London.
Tom Cardamone, Managing Director, Global Financial Integrity
Tom Cardamone’s areas of expertise include the effects of illicit financial flows on developing countries, the effects of money laundering on wildlife trafficking, G20 finance policy, OECD actions on illicit flows of money and the role played by tax havens. From 2000 to 2003, he was Executive Director of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, based in Washington, D.C. As a project director for the Center from 1993 to 2000, Mr. Cardamone developed an educational project on the implications of excessive military equipment sales to developing nations for their economies, security and human rights. He has delivered remarks on security issues at the James E. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University and at the John F. Kennedy Library. He also was a contributing author for the book “War or Health: A Reader.” Mr. Cardamone graduated from the University of Massachusetts.
John Christensen, Director, Tax Justice Network
John Christensen was trained as both an auditor and a development economist and is a co-founder and director of the Tax Justice Network International Secretariat, based in London. His current area of expertise is tax havens and their impact on international development. Previously, Mr. Christensen was a company and trust administrator in Jersey, a prominent European tax haven, and served as economic adviser to the Jersey government. He obtained an honors degree in applied economics and an M.Phil in economics and law from the University of Reading and completed post-graduate studies at Templeton College, Oxford, and the London School of Economics and Political Sciences.
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.
Jesse Griffiths, Director, European Network on Debt and Development
Jesse Griffiths became the Director of Eurodad (a coalition of 48 non-governmental organizations from 19 European countries working on issues related to debt, development finance and poverty reduction) in April 2012, where he oversees the work of the team, including strategic planning, fund-raising, network building, research and advocacy. He was previously the Coordinator of the Bretton Woods Project, beginning in 2008. Prior to that, Mr. Griffiths headed ActionAid UK’s Aid and Development Finance Policy Group and worked for the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in Nigeria and in their environment policy department. He has also worked for other NGOs in the UK and elsewhere on both development finance and international environmental policy. Mr Griffiths earned a Bachelors in Politics from the University of Leeds and an MScECON degree in International Politics from the University of Wales.
Suraj Jaiswal, Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability
Suraj Jaiswal is currently engaged with CBGA’s work on Financial Transparency and Taxation focusing on India. His research area includes illicit financial flows, tax havens, exchange of information, international institutional architecture and bilateral tax and investments agreements. He is a keen observer of the global macroeconomic landscape. Prior to joining CBGA, Suraj worked with Fractal Analytics where his role included using big data to solve business problems through analytical modelling, dashboard creation and statistical analysis. He holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
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).
Heather Lowe, Legal Counsel and Director of Government Affairs, Global Financial Integrity
Heather Lowe is one of only three civil society representatives participating in industry consultations on the revision of the Financial Action Task Force’s international anti-money laundering guidelines. She also participates in the OECD’s Anti-Bribery Working Group. Before joining GFI, Ms. Lowe worked as an aide to a British Member of the European Parliament in Brussels and as a banking and finance attorney at both Clifford Chance LLP in London and Bingham McCutchen LLP in Boston. Ms Lowe is a graduate of Boston College Law School (J.D.) and The University of Chicago (A.B.) and has been admitted to the bar in New York and Massachusetts.
Angela McClellan, Transparency International
Angela McClellan is responsible for Transparency International’s global advocacy work and is also the advocacy liaison person for TI’s private sector team. Her work focuses on financial transparency issues and she coordinates TI’s work on preventing corruption in humanitarian assistance. Prior to joining TI she was a Project Assistant at the Development Policy Forum, InWEnt Capacity Building International. She holds a diploma in political science with a specialization in international relations from the Free University, Berlin.
Porter McConnell manages the Financial Transparency Coalition, a global financial transparency coalition composed of governments and civil society. She was previously policy and advocacy manager for aid effectiveness at Oxfam America. As a policy advisor at the ONE Campaign, she covered issues from HIV/AIDS to development finance to governance. Before coming to Washington, McConnell was based in Bogotá, Colombia, where she created and managed a network of Latin American NGOs implementing social enterprise activities. Before getting a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, she was a legislative aide in the Massachusetts State Senate, and a program analyst for a small family foundation making grants in education and climate change. She has a B.A. from Williams College.
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.
Maggie Murphy, Global Policy and Outreach Coordinator, Transparency International
Prior to joining Transparency International as the Global Outreach and Advocacy Coordinator, she lead UN advocacy initiatives for a number of international human rights organisations. She holds a BA from Oxford University and a MSc from the London School of Economics.
Stefanie Ostfeld is a Senior Policy Advisor with Global Witness, an international advocacy organization that works to break the links between natural resource exploitation and conflict and corruption. As a member of the Banks and Corruption Team, she exposes the ways in which the global financial system enables corrupt public officials to loot and launder state funds. Based in Washington, DC, she works with policymakers to strengthen the anti-money laundering framework and ensure that laws to combat corruption and money laundering are enforced. Stefanie has an M.A. in international human rights from the University of Denver and a B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Robert Palmer, Campaign Leader, Banks and Corruption, Global Witness
Robert Palmer is the Campaign Leader, Banks and Corruption for Global Witness, a Nobel prize nominated organisation dedicated to breaking the links between natural resources, conflict and corruption. His work focuses on the role that the financial system can play in facilitating, or curbing, corruption and other crimes. He is an expert in the global anti-money laundering framework and helps to develop practical policy solutions to improve its effectiveness. Robert is helping to lead a coalition of civil society groups campaigning for more effective anti-money laundering laws in the EU and G8.
Robert is a member of the Private Sector Stakeholder Group for the Financial Action Task Force, the intergovernmental body dedicated to fighting financial crime and terrorist financing. He has a degree from the University of Cambridge, where he studied history.
Pooja joined the FTC as a Policy Coordinator in May of 2015. Prior to coming to the Coalition, Pooja worked for CBGA as a Programme Consultant (for Advocacy and Outreach efforts). She has a Masters in Social Policy and Development from London School of Economics. She has previously worked in the development sector with a wide range of stakeholders such as State legislators, politicians, government officials and civil society focusing on issues related to children. Her work at CBGA focuses on advocacy and outreach efforts on issues relating to tax justice and transparency and accountability in the global financial system.
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.
Esteban Serrani, Fundación SES
Esteban Serrani is a trained sociologist and holds advanced degrees from the University of Buenos Aires, where he now teaches in the sociology department. He is the senior analyst at Fundación SES on issues of national budget, responsible finance for development, and tax justice. He is the Director of an ongoing project analyzing capital transfers in the Argentine extractive sector through 2018.
Esteban has published articles in various national and international journals in the field of sociology of development, the state and the energy sector. His latest publications include “Double taxation agreements in Latin America: analysis of the links between taxes, trade and finance responsible” (2013); “History of privatization. How and why we lost YPF ” (2012, co-authored with Ph.D. Ignacio Sabbatella and Ph.D. Mariano Barrera); and “Development, Education and Financing” (2009, co-authored with Mg. Diego Filmus).
Crystal Simeoni, Policy Lead, Tax and International Financial Architecture, Tax Justice Network – Africa
Crystal is the Policy Lead in charge of the Tax and International Financial Architecture programme at TJN-A. She leads in the understanding of international tax issues to inform the view of TJN-A on international tax policy matters and ensures these views are shared with key stakeholders, government, the media and other organizations and at meetings and conferences. She holds an undergraduate degree in Business management and an M.A in African Studies with a focus on rural economic development from Finland and Sweden respectively.
Nick Shaxson, Author, Tax Justice Network
Nicholas Shaxson is a British writer, journalist and investigator. He is author of the acclaimed 2007 book Poisoned Wells: the Dirty Politics of African Oil, and, following completion of Treasure Islands in 2010, a journalist and part-time writer and researcher for the Tax Justice Network, an expert-led group focused on tax and tax havens. In 2012 the International Tax Review named him as one of its “Global Tax 50″ most influential people in international tax.
Since 1993 he has written extensively on global business and politics for the Financial Times, Reuters, Vanity Fair, the Economist and its sister publication the Economist Intelligence Unit, International Affairs, Foreign Affairs, the American Interest, the BBC, Africa Confidential, African Energy, and a wide range of others.