Invitees

Conference on Corruption in India  Invitees Information

Name: Jack Blum (confirmed)

Organization: Global Financial Integrity

Expertise: GFI Advisor

Email Address: jblum@gfip.org

Description:

Jack Blum, is the Global Financial Integrity (GFI) Advisor and Tax Justice Network – USA (TJN-USA) Chairman.

Mr. Blum, was the former Head of the United Nations Experts Group on Asset Recovery and a former investigator for the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Narcotics, Terrorism, and International Operations, will stress both the economic and national security benefits of shutting down US shell corporations.

Mr. Blum, TJN-USA, and GFI join a long list of civil society organizations supporting the Senate legislation including the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association and the Fraternal Order of Police.

Bio Information:

Attorney, former counsel to US Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Worked for the Senate for fourteen years.

In private practice with various firms, specialized in financial crime, fraud, corruption, and cross border tax evasion. Consultant on these issues to various governments and government agencies.

Has done training sessions on money laundering and corruption control with law enforcement agencies in more than twenty countries.

Topic to present:  ‘Stolen money in Safe havens: Ways to block the routes and get the money back’ along with John Elliott Christensen..

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Name: John Elliott Christensen (Confirmed)

Home Address:  Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England

Organization: Tax Justice Network which is funded by Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.

Expertise: Development Economist

Phone: +44 (0) 79 79 868 302

Email Address: john@taxjustice.net

Website: http://www.taxjustice.net

 

John Christensen is co-founder of the Tax Justice Network and directs its London-based International Secretariat.  Trained as an auditor and development economist, he has worked in a variety of the world?s poorer countries.  In addition he has worked in offshore financial services with Touche Ross & Co, and for eleven years was economic adviser to the government of the British Channel Island of Jersey.

In 1999/2000 he advised NGO Oxfam GB on the preparation of their influential report:  Tax Havens: Releasing the Hidden Billions for Development (June 2000).  Other recent publications on current faults in the global financial system, including tax us if you can (2005), Closing the Floodgates (2007), and A Game As Old As Empire (2007).  John is a Board Member of the New Rules for Global Finance Coalition (Washington, D.C.) and a member of the Coordinating Committee of the Intergovernmental Task Force on Financial Integrity and Economic Development.  John also represents civil society on the Task Force on Tax and Development launched by the OECD in January 2010.  He has published many journal and newspaper articles on economic issues, and regularly takes part in radio and television programmes and documentary feature films.

John Christensen holds an honours degree in applied economics and an M.Phil in economics and law. He has also done post-graduate studies at Templeton College, Oxford and the London School of Economics and Political Sciences.  He is an associate researcher at CENTICA (the Centre for Tourism in Islands and Coastal Areas) at the University of Kent, U.K.  His work has been sponsored by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and the Ford Foundation, and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

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Name: Núria Molina  (confirmed)

Organization: European network on debt and development (EURODAD)

Expertise: Director

Phone: + 32 2 894 46 40

Email Address: Nuria Molina <nmolina@eurodad.org>

Website: www.eurodad.org

Núria Molina

Núria joined Eurodad in July 2006 as Policy and Advocacy Officer working on aid and poverty issues. On November 2009 she became Director. She is currently responsible for managing staff, overseeing strategy development and implementation, editing reports and articles, fund-raising, and conducting advocacy.

Before joining Eurodad, Núria worked as Policy and Development Officer at the European Anti-Poverty Network – EAPN. She has also been Executive Officer at the Ubuntu Network in Barcelona for four years. Other jobs have included consultancy for the World Federalist Movement and the UN Financing for Development Office in New York and lecturing at the Communications faculty of the Fairleigh Dickinson University in Barcelona.

Nuria has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, an MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics and a DEA in European Politics from the College of Europe in Bruges. Catalan and Spanish are her mother tongues, and she speaks fluent English and French.

Topic to Present: 1) tax reforms, pro-poor tax reforms to increase revenue and have a positive distributional impact; or 7) role of tax havens in hiding proceeds from tax evasion, role of european companies and banks on this, how to clamp down tax havens.

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Name: Maud Perdriel – Vaissière

Organization: SHERPA

Expertise: Juriste / Legal Adviser

Phone: + 33 6 83 87 97 34 (Mobile), + 33 1 42 21 33 25 (Landline)

Email Address: maud.perdrielvaissiere@assosherpa.org

Skype:  maudpv

Website: http://www.assosherpa.org

Address: SHERPA

22 rue de Milan – 75009 Paris – France

 

Description:

Maud PERDRIEL-VAISSIERE holds a Master of Laws (DEA) in International Law from the University of Assas, Paris. She is the managing director of SHERPA which she joined in 2007 as a legal advisor within the “Illicit capital flows” program.

She has been a key actor in a corruption case which involves several African ruling families, and which is currently pending.  Before joining SHERPA, Maud PERDRIEL-VAISSIERE worked at Global Witness within the “Ending impunity Campaign”.  Maud also authored articles in books, academic journals and newspapers.

Her key fields of expertise include illicit financial flows (corruption; tax evasion)& asset recovery litigations.

Topic to Present: How can civil society play a role in recovering stolen assets?

 

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Name: Joel Hellman (World Bank Governance based in India and recommended by multiple divisions)

Organization: World Bank Governance, New Delhi, India

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Phone: 0 11 24617241 and then extn: 363  (New Delhi)

Email Address: jhellman@worldbank.org

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Name: Cristina Albertin, UNODC India Office (United Nations Organization under which United Nations Convention against Corruption is part of,  could be herself or representative in India’s office)

Organization: UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime under which UN Convention against Corruption is part of),  New Delhi, India

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Phone: 91 96 50 04 4669 (cristina), 0091 11 42225052 (Deputy Suruchi Pant), 91 11 42 22 5060 (5000 is the board number)

Email Address: cristina.albertin@unodc.org, poonam.bhambri@unodc.org (Assistant Poonam Bhambri), suruchi.pant@unodc.org (Deputy Representative,  Suruchi Pant),

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Cristina is in India.

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Name: Ms. Anita Kapur (Indian Government,  accepted)

Organization: Joint Secretary, Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance, India

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Anita Kapur is an officer of the Indian Revenue Service, Government of India. In her present assignment as Joint Secretary in the Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance of India, she is the chief tax treaty negotiator for India for double taxation conventions with countries in Europe and North America and Japan. She is also the authorised competent authority of India for treaty matters including for Exchange of Information and Mutual Agreement Procedure. In addition she is responsible for policy matters related to non-resident taxation in India. She coordinates with the OECD on tax matters the U.N Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters.

She has experience of more than 30 years in national tax administration. During this period she has held various assignments including that of tax assessor, officer responsible for administration, supervision and performance monitoring of a tax office, appellate authority to adjudicate first level tax appeals and representative of the tax department for arguing tax cases before the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT). During her tenure with the Tax Policy and Legislation wing of Government of India she handled tax policy issues including drafting of domestic tax legislation.

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Name:  Prakash Chandra (Indian Government, Invited, waiting for word from him)

Organization: Ministry of Finance, Central Board of Direct Taxation, Member(P & V),

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