Alex Cobham

Chief Executive

Short bio

Alex Cobham is an economist and chief executive of the Tax Justice Network. He is also a founding member of the steering group of the Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation, and of the technical advisory group for the Fair Tax Mark. His work focuses on illicit financial flows, effective taxation for development, and inequality. 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. He recently published two books: The Uncounted (Polity Press), and Estimating Illicit Financial Flows: A Critical Guide to the Data, Methodologies, and Findings, with Petr Janský (Oxford University Press, open access).

Author’s contribution
A galleon ship

The UK’s #ImperialInequalities: Past, present and future

By Alex Cobham ■ 4 December 2020 ■ 7 min READ

New report, new website, new chapter for the Tax Justice Network

By Alex Cobham ■ 20 November 2020 ■ 5 min READ ■ 1 comments

Tax Justice Network reaction to #FinCENFiles leaks

By Alex Cobham ■ 20 September 2020 ■ 2 min READ

Tax justice at UN75

By Alex Cobham ■ 20 September 2020 ■ 3 min READ
A jeep u-turns in the snow

A UN Tax Convention – then a U-turn

By Alex Cobham ■ 4 September 2020 ■ 7 min READ
Two rows of national flags outside of a UN building

UN FACTI Panel envisages major global reforms

By Alex Cobham ■ 28 July 2020 ■ 10 min READ

A response to the European court’s bad Apple ruling

By Alex Cobham ■ 15 July 2020 ■ 4 min READ

It’s got to be automatic: Trillions of dollars offshore revealed by Tax Justice Network policy success

By Alex Cobham ■ 3 July 2020 ■ 7 min READ

US blows up global project to tax multinational corporations. What now?

By Alex Cobham ■ 19 June 2020 ■ 8 min READ

Tax, reparations and ‘Plan B’ for the UK’s tax haven web

By Alex Cobham ■ 11 June 2020 ■ 6 min READ ■ 1 comments

Investors demand OECD tax transparency

By Alex Cobham ■ 19 March 2020 ■ 9 min READ

A Pyrrhic victory for the OECD?

By Alex Cobham ■ 31 January 2020 ■ 8 min READ

Global taxing rights: ‘The genie is out of the bottle’

By Alex Cobham ■ 12 December 2019 ■ 7 min READ

Will the OECD tax reforms collapse? Three scenarios

By Alex Cobham ■ 4 December 2019 ■ 3 min READ ■ 1 comments
Big ben blue sky

A historic day for unitary taxation

By Alex Cobham ■ 21 November 2019 ■ 9 min READ ■ 1 comments
A skyline image of Port-Louis, the capital of Mauritius

#MauritiusLeaks primer: What to know about corporate tax haven Mauritius

By Alex Cobham ■ 23 July 2019 ■ 4 min READ ■ 1 comments

Research fellow in financial secrecy, for new research grant

By Alex Cobham ■ 19 December 2018 ■ 2 min READ

Country by country reporting for the Sustainable Development Goals

By Alex Cobham ■ 25 October 2018 ■ 4 min READ
London eye

How the UK can raise £2.5bn from tax-avoiding multinationals today

By Alex Cobham ■ 21 October 2018 ■ 3 min READ

UNCTAD journal highlights tax thought leadership

By Alex Cobham ■ 25 September 2018 ■ 5 min READ