Andres Knobel, Vice Chair, Financial Transparency Coalition, Lawyer and Consultant, 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).
Elena Gaita, Chair of the Financial Transparency Coalition, 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).
Patricia Miranda, Vice Chair of the Financial Transparency Coalition, Advocacy Coordinator, Red Latinoamericana por Justicia Económica y Social LATINDADD
Patricia Miranda has been working as Advocacy Coordinator at the Latin American Network for Economic and Social Justice LATINDADD since March 2018, prior to that she has represented Latindadd as Senior Officer on Finance for Development, from its member in Bolivia, Fundación Jubileo, since 2006.
She is in charge of leading analysis and advocacy on debt and publicly backed up private finance, at global and regional levels, such as UN, G20, IMF, WB, ECLAC; coordinating views and inputs from the twenty-three member organisations along 13 countries in the region. She is currently member of the International Advisory Committee of the Civil 20.
Her areas of expertise -at regional, national and sub-national levels- include public and private debt, external and domestic debt, responsible financing, publicly-backed private finance, finance for development policies and transparency and accountability. She has written papers and reports on finance for development, development banks and private finance, aid, debt, tax and gender and public private partnerships. Also has contributed to elaborate a Debt Sustainability Analysis with human development approach, along with the government of Bolivia, including civil society participation.
Prior to LATINDADD, Patricia Miranda worked at Centro de Estudios Monetarios Latinoamericanos (CEMLA) in México, the regional organisation of Debt Relief International (DRI) based in London, serving as Programme Officer of a Capacity Building Programme for Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC), where she has developed fiscal, macro and debt analysis at national and subnational levels, in several LA countries, coordinating with Ministries of Finance and Central Banks the elaboration of a responsible financing strategy according to national development plans.
She holds an MBA at EMI from Bolivia and Tecnológico de Monterrey from México, and studied at a specialised programme on financing strategies at Debt Relief International.
Sargon Nissan, Director, Financial Transparency Coalition
Sargon joins the FTC following a background within civil society allied to extensive policy and advocacy experience, most recently as the IMF and Finance Programme Manager at the Bretton Woods Project hosted by ActionAid. His broad career focusing on various aspects of financial policy and its reform has encompassed the NGO sector, think-tanks such as the new economics foundation and the United Nations Development Programme in Syria, having initially begun his career in the City of London. Sargon’s finance policy expertise is underpinned by his many years of engagement in multiple international civil society advocacy networks.
Holden Healy, Finance & Grants Manager
Holden is the Finance & Grants Manager at Financial Transparency Coalition. He was previously Financial Analyst for the Grant Management Solutions project at Management Sciences for Health. Before coming to the FTC, Holden spent two years in the U.S. Peace Corps in the Central American nation of Panama. During this time he worked on economic development through agriculture. Holden holds a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in History from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota.