Distinguished Speakers

Associate Professor Stephen Phua
Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore.
Stephen has served on the Income Tax Board of Review for over a decade in Singapore. Currently, he is a member of the Goods and Services Tax Board of Review and Valuation Review Board. He is also a member of the OECD Steering Committee on International Network of Tax Researchers. He has held several visiting positions in universities including Harvard, New York University and Kyushu. Stephen teaches Income Tax Planning & Policy, GST, Corporate Taxation, Business & Finance for Lawyers and International Tax Law.

Professor Diane M. Ring
Professor of Law at Boston College Law School and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
Ms Ring researches and writes primarily in the field of international taxation, corporate taxation, and the taxation of financial instruments. Her recent work addresses issues including cross border tax arbitrage, advance pricing agreements, and international tax relations. Ms. Ring is currently the U.S. National Reporter for the 2012 IFA Conference on the Debt Equity Conundrum, and was the U.S. National Reporter for the 2004 IFA Conference on Double Non taxation. She was the Assistant General Reporter for the 1995 IFA Conference on Financial Instruments and was a consultant to the IFA research project on the impact of technological and financial innovation on the taxation of income and activities.

Richard J Vann
Convergence or Divergence – Does it Matter?
39 min 20 sec (mp3, 18 mb)
Richard has been at the University of Sydney since 1976 and specialises in corporate, comparative and international taxation. In 2006 he was William K Jacobs Jr Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School and he has taught regularly at New York University School of Law.
He is a member of the Permanent Scientific Committee of the International Fiscal Association and an International Research Fellow of the Centre for Business Taxation at the Said Business School of Oxford University. He has worked extensively for international organisations for over 20 years – including two fulltime periods as Counsel (Taxation) in the Legal Department of the International Monetary Fund, Washington DC, USA (1990-1991) and as Head, Central and Eastern Europe and NIS Program, Fiscal Affairs Division, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris, France (1992-1995). He participates in a number of international groups which publish books and articles on comparative and international taxation and has also published broadly on Australian taxation.

Professor Bertil Wiman
Professor of Fiscal Law Faculty of Law, Uppsala University, Sweden
Prof. Bertil Wiman wrote his doctoral thesis on transfer pricing and has since then concentrated on international, EC and corporate taxation. He is the director of the research foundation; Uppsala Center for Tax Law. He has been Chairman of the Swedish branch of International Fiscal Association since 2004 , was the Jakob Bundgarard Expert at Copenhagen Business School in 2009, and a Board Member of the European Association of Tax Law Professors since 2010. Professor Wiman primarily teaches and publishes on various aspects of corporate taxation including: EU tax law, international tax and on taxation of company groups.

Jennie Granger
Jennie Granger has overall responsibility for law practice with the Australian Taxation Office, including input to the design and implementation of new laws. She is also responsible for our corporate governance, people and resource management. She is heavily involved in leading the ATO including Chairing the Audit Committee and strategic committees on administration of tax and superannuation law. Jennie is in her second term as a Second Commissioner after first being appointed in September 2002.
In June 2009 Jennie was seconded for 6 months to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. As Deputy Secretary, she led the Office of the Coordinator- General with responsibility for oversighting the implementation of the Government’s Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan.
In January 2009 Jennie was awarded a Public Service Medal for 'outstanding public service in administration of taxation in Australia and internationally', in part for bringing greater openness and transparency to the ATO’s compliance activities. This recognised her role in leading the creation and publishing of the annual ATO Compliance Program and establishing the Compliance sub-plan to support its delivery.
Jennie is a member of the Government’s consultation panel on establishing a Tax System Advisory Board to the Commissioner of Taxation, the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Law Advisory Committee, and the International Monetary Fund Panel of Tax Administration experts. She recently became an external adviser to the Carbon Price Implementation Program Board.
Holding degrees in Arts and Law from UNSW and a Graduate Diploma in Corporate Management, Jennie is admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW.