TJN is an organisation that focuses strongly on research and advocacy. Its senior advisers are experts in their field who help TJN in a variety of ways, including conducting and supervising research, and assisting TJN in formulating and delivering policy recommendations in appropriate forums. Our senior advisers are, in alphabetical order:
Jack Blum, is one of the United States' leading white-collar defense attorneys specialising in money laundering. He works for Baker Hostetler, a Washington, D.C. law firm. He focuses his practice in the areas of bank and securities firm compliance, congressional investigations, international financial crime, money laundering and offshore tax evasion. He works as an expert witness and consultant for various government agencies and private clients.He served for many years as a United States Senate staff attorney, where he was involved in numerous well-known investigations, including the investigation of Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), General Noriega's drug trafficking and Lockheed's overseas bribes. Jack Blum has been a consultant to the United Nations Centre on Transnational Corporations, the United Nations Office of Drug Control and Crime Prevention, and served as the chair of the experts group on international asset recovery which was convened by the United Nations Centre for Drug Control and Crime Prevention. He often testifies about money laundering and tax evasion before U.S. congressional committees.
Michael J. McIntyre is professor of law at Wayne State University, where he has taught various tax courses since 1975. Prior to coming to Wayne State, Professor McIntyre practiced with a tax firm in Washington, DC, and served for four years as the director of training at the International Tax Program of Harvard Law School. He was the founding editor-in-chief (1989-91) of TaxNotes International, a leading tax journal dealing with international tax issues around the world. Over the past three decades, Professor McIntyre has consulted widely on a range of tax policy issues for various public bodies,including the United Nations, the OECD, and many national and state
governments. He has written widely on a variety of tax topics, including the taxation of the family, the proper taxtreatment of interest payments, the international aspects of taxation, and various topics on multistate taxation. His web page Taxation and Development provides useful links. (more)
Richard Murphy is Director of Tax Research LLP and The Tax Gap Limited. He is a practising chartered accountant and writer on tax, accounting and corporate governance issues. Richard is contributing editor of AccountingWEB, Britain's largest accountancy website. He also writes for a variety of newspapers and professional journals and frequently contributes to BBC radio and television programmes. He produces a widely read blog which led to him being voted blogger of the year by Accountancy Age magazine, which described him as "the profession's most effective opposition party." Tax Research LLP provides tax policy advice to a number of agencies including: Global Witness, Save the Children Fund, and Tax Justice Network, and was the principal contributor to the Publish What You Pay Coalition's proposal for an International Financial Reporting Standard for the Extractive Industries.
Sol Picciotto is emeritus professor of law at Lancaster University, where he taught for 15 years; prior to that he taught at the University College Dar es Salaam (1964-68), and the University of Warwick (1968-92). He has researched and written extensively on international taxation, as well as other aspects of international financial and business regulation, including tax havens and offshore financial centres. He is the author of International Business Taxation (1992), and numerous articles and book chapters, details of which are available on his webpage.
Prem Sikka is a professionally qualified accountant with experience in industry and commerce. Since 1996, he has held the position of Professor of Accounting at the University of Essex. Prem's research on accountancy, auditing, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, insolvency, globalisation, money laundering, tax avoidance and business affairs has been published in books, international scholarly journals, newspapers and magazines. He has also appeared on radio and television programmes to comment on accountancy and business matters. He is director of the Association for Accountancy & Business Affairs. He writes regularly in Britain's Guardian newspaper; a list of his articles is available here.
David Spencer is a practicing attorney in New York, specializing in tax law and banking law. David has written extensively in the Journal of International Taxation about bank secrecy and capital flight, and about the OECD proposals on Harmful Tax Practices.He is on the Advisory Board of the Journal of International Taxation and International Financial Law Review.David is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and has the Masters in Taxation from New York University Law School.
Oscar Ugarteche is an economist who works at the Institute of Economic Research at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico. He coordinates the work of the Latin American Economic Observatory and regularly participates in the multi stakeholder consultations of the United Nations Finance for Development roundtable meetings in New York. He was also senior adviser on economic and financial corruption to the Peruvian Congress on both the Diez Canseco Commission on economic crimes and the Herrera Commission on corruption (2001-2003).
Edmund Valpy Fitzgerald is Professor of International Development at Oxford University and director of Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford University's hub for work in international development. His research interests cover determinants of capital flows from developed to developing countries, macroeconomic policy in emerging markets, long-run economic growth and welfare in Latin America, and conflict economics. He is working on the development of a Plato Index, a new international comparative measure of tax progressivity. In recent years Professor Valpy Fitzgerald has advised international agencies on: international investment regulation (OECD); debt sustainability (UNCTAD); macroeconomic policy and children (UNICEF); and financial development (UN-Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UN/DESA).