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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.
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.
Christine Clough, Program Manager, Global Financial Integrity
Christine Clough is a Program Manager at Global Financial Integrity (GFI). Her work at GFI focuses on research projects, events, and the Policy Advisory Program; at present she also serves as GFI’s Acting Communications Director. Christine has represented GFI on the UNCAC Civil Society Coalition Coordinating Committee since 2013. Prior to joining GFI, Christine was employed most recently at the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, working with Congress, Federal agencies, and the White House to advocate for the needs and critical role of small business in the U.S. economy. Christine also has experience working on terrorism and homeland security at think-tanks in Washington, DC.
Christine has a BA in International Relations and Economics from Connecticut College and an MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University.
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.
Liz Confalone, Director, Policy and Analysis, Global Financial Integrity
Liz Confalone is the Director of Policy and Analysis at Global Financial Integrity (GFI) in Washington, DC. Liz joined GFI following her graduation from the George Washington University Law School, where she focused her studies on human rights, anti-corruption, and anti-money laundering. Previously, Liz assisted attorneys in Los Angeles defending complex criminal cases, and worked on Middle East programs for the Center for Civic Education.
Liz additionally has a BA in International Relations and Sociology from the University of California, San Diego. She also studied Arabic at the American University in Cairo.
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).
Jesse Griffiths, Director, European Network on Debt and Development
Jesse Griffiths is Eurodad’s Director since April 2012 and oversees the work of the team, including strategic planning, fundraising, network building, research and advocacy. Jesse was previously the Coordinator of the Bretton Woods Project since 2008. Prior to that he headed ActionAid UK’s aid and development finance policy group, worked for the UK Department For International Development (DFID) in Nigeria, and in their environment policy department, as well as for other NGOs in the UK and elsewhere on both development finance and international environmental policy.
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).
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.
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).
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.
Toby Quantrill, Global Lead on Economic Justice, Christian Aid
Toby is an experienced development professional with over twenty years of experience in the development sector working with a number of major NGOs. Toby has worked both in the UK and in developing countries in programme, policy, advocacy and campaigning roles, and has worked on a broad range of development related issues. Toby started working on research and policy development related to Illicit financial flows in July 2013 and is currently the Global Lead on economic justice with Christian Aid. Christian Aid was one of the first major Development NGOs to work on tax justice and financial transparency, launching the landmark report, ‘’Death and Taxes’ in May 2008.
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.
Eryn Schornick, Senior Policy Advisor, Global Witness
Eryn Schornick is a Senior Policy Advisor on the Anti-Money Laundering team at Global Witness, an international advocacy organization seeking to expose and break the links between natural resources, corruption, conflict, and other abuses. Eryn’s work has looked at how investors, business, government contractors and other major stakeholders are exposed to financial and repetitional risk due to cases of corruption, fraud and theft facilitated by anonymous shell companies. Eryn serves as a lead investigator for Global Witness, including in its findings that Donald Trump made millions from selling his name to a Panama development used to launder drug money. She is a New York licensed attorney with a focus on international human rights and international humanitarian law.
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).