Charles Abugre Akelyira is the Executive Director of TAMA Foundation Universal in Ghana. He was previously Chief Executive of Ghana’s Savannah Accelerated Development Authority, and before that was Africa Director of the UN Millennium Challenge Campaign; Head of Global Policy and Advocacy at Christian Aid (where he oversaw the launch of the first major INGO tax justice campaign); Executive Director of the Integrated Social Development Centre (ISODEC); and Coordinator of the Africa Secretariat of the Third World Network.
John Christensen is an economist and forensic auditor. He is currently the chair of the Tax Justice Network, which he co-founded. He is a former economic adviser to government of Jersey. In addition to his work with TJN he is a board member of Tax Inspectors Without Borders. He has been described by the Guardian as “the unlikely figurehead of a worldwide campaign against tax avoidance.” His research on offshore finance has been widely published in books and featured in a number of TV and film documentaries.
Alex Cobham is an economist and chief executive of the Tax Justice Network, and a commissioner for the statutory Poverty and Inequality Commission for Scotland. He has been a researcher at Oxford University, Christian Aid, Save the Children, and the Center for Global Development, and has consulted widely, including for UNCTAD, the UN Economic Commission for Africa, DFID, and the World Bank. Alex has just published two books: The Uncounted, by Polity Press; and Estimating Illicit Financial Flows, with Petr Janský, by Oxford University Press.
Cathy Cross is the Parliamentary Officer for PCS, and a non-executive director of the Tax Justice Network. PCS is the main national Trade union for UK civil servants and staff working in HMRC the UK tax authority. She set up the PCS Tax Justice Campaign in 2008 and is involved in national campaigns around employment rights for workers. She has a broad based academic background starting out in sports science and then studying economics and employment law.
Kathleen Lahey is professor of law and Queen’s National Scholar, Queen’s University, Canada, specialising in tax law and policy and their impact on income inequalities, gender, and development. She was the founding editor of the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, served on the Law Reform Commission of Canada Advisory Panel on Adult Relationships and the Ontario Fair Tax Commission working groups on corporate taxation and the taxation of women, and has been involved in gender training and fiscal gender analysis in a wide array of contexts, as well as authoring numerous papers and studies on women and fiscal policy.
Markus Meinzer is Director, Financial Secrecy and is the lead researcher on the Financial Secrecy Index. He authored the book “Tax Haven Germany” (“Steueroase Deutschland”), published in 2015 at C.H. Beck, and is TJN’s principal investigator on the COFFERS EU research project under Horizon 2020 (Combating Fiscal Fraud and Empowering Regulators). He studied development economics as a component of his political science degree at the Free University of Berlin, and was an exchange student at the University of Sussex (UK).
Krishen Mehta was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and is a non-executive director at the Tax Justice Network. At PwC he worked in their tax practice from their New York, London, and Tokyo offices. Now, he serves on the Advisory Board of Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program, and is a member of the Asia Advisory Council of Human Rights Watch. He is also a Trustee of the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, and of the Institute of Current World Affairs in Washington, DC.
Liz Nelson is a director of the Tax Justice Network and is developing the TJN’s programme of work on tax justice and human rights. Before joining TJN, Liz developed housing services for vulnerable and ‘at risk’ adults and families for twenty years. 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).
Yamini is a is a non-executive director at the Tax Justice Network. She works with Amnesty International, International Secretariat, as the Director of their Gender, Sexuality and Identity Programme, providing leadership and vision to the world’s largest human rights movement on gender and discrimination. Prior to this she was the Regional Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) Specialist for the Regional Office for Asia Pacific for UN Women. Before joining UN Women, Yamini was the Executive Director of the Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability (CBGA) in Delhi. Yamini serves as the Chair of the Board of Centre for Democracy and Social Action and is on the Governing Board of Centre for Agrarian Reform and Economic Studies. She has recently been appointed to the Advisory Group of the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Financing for Gender Equality.