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Indirect Tax Forum 2018 - March 22, The College Hotel, Amsterdam


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Alex Miller

senior vat manager
Lloyds Banking Group 

Amar Thakrar

head of statutory & tax compliance

David O'Sullivan

vat policy advisor, centre for tax policy and administration, consumption taxes unit,

Ken Chan

head of tax 

Maria Teresa Fabregas-Fernandez

dg taxation and tax administration
European Commission

Ms. Maria Teresa FABREGAS FERNANDEZ is, since March 2017, the Director for Indirect Taxation and Tax Administration in the Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union in the European Commission. Maria Teresa joined the European Commission in 1997. She has worked in several Directorate Generals. She held positions in the Directorate-General for Enterprise working on the internal market for industrial goods and better regulation policies and in the Directorate-General for Trade dealing with technical barriers to trade in bilateral and multilateral negotiations (e.g. WTO, FTAs, mutual recognition). In 2005 she joined the Directorate-General for the Internal Market where she worked on the internal market for services field and later in the Directorate-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union as a Head of Unit for "Securities Markets" and for "Financial Markets Infrastructure". She holds a degree in Law by the University of Barcelona, a post-graduate course in international relations (Centre for International Studies) and a Bachelor's degree in Economics.

Onwah Tsang

head of tax workflow 

Greg Lockhart

tax principal

Lidia Adamek-Baczyńska

WTS Poland 

Lidia Adamek-Baczyńska is a partner at WTS&SAJA in charge of VAT and excise tax department.

Lidia and her team are involved in a number of national and multinational VAT-related projects. She also deals with VAT compliance, with special focus on the client support in developing IT solutions facilitating tax settlements and document flow.

Lidia was also involved in implementation of SAF-T-related solutions in Poland for dozens of clients.

She specialises among others in real estate, industry and energy sectors.

During her long professional career Lidia was also engaged in developing and implementing tailored VAT solutions.

Lidia conducts numerous internal and external seminars, and also publishes a lot of press articles on VAT issues.

Joel Wessels

Atlas, WTS Netherlands

Joël Wessels studied tax law in Amsterdam and a topmaster indirect tax in Rotterdam. He is specialised in VAT, real estate transfer tax and insurance tax. Joël has ample experience advising private equity funds, venture capital funds, pension funds and other financial institutions in the field of VAT. Additionally, he regularly advises domestic and multinational clients in the field of VAT and real estate transfer tax.

Jürgen Scholz

global head of indirect tax

Jürgen Scholz heads the Indirect Tax group of WTS, a firm with a presence in more than 130 countries worldwide.

He is a regular speaker at VAT conferences, publishes in several journals, is a member of the Advisory Council to Germany‘s leading VAT journal (Umsatzsteuer-Rundschau) and board member of the scientific organisation on VAT in Germany (UmsatzsteuerForum e.V.).

Scholz started his professional career with the German tax authorities before he joined a Big Four to specialise in value added taxes. As a result of his particular focus on the financial services industry, he then became VAT manager in one of Europe’s leading banks focusing on transaction work, holding structures, pro-rata optimisation and VAT-neutral outsourcing projects.

Back from his in-house role into the advisory world, Scholz continues to work for the financial services industry, but increasingly manages process-related projects for the high-tech and manufacturing industry as the implementation of tax-engines, the redesign of supply chain structures and the set-up of tax compliance management systems.

Mario Fernandez

head of indirect tax
Lundgrens, WTS Denmark

Stijn Vastmans

Tiberghien, WTS Belgium

Stijn Vastmans is a partner at Tiberghien. As the head of the VAT, customs and excises department, Vastmans is a key figure within the Tiberghien tax practice.

The department handles a diverse range of VAT related issues. Because of this, Vastmans also developed an extensive experience in real estate, finance, the public and non-profit sector, logistics and international trade. He specialises amongst other practice areas, in specific VAT issues for the public sector, real estate projects, public-private partnerships, import/export transactions, financial services, VAT audit and litigation.

Vastmans works both on a national and an international level and represents Tiberghien in various international VAT network groups.

He is the author of various articles on VAT in tax newsletters. He is responsible for updating the Tiberghien tax manual for indirect taxes. He is also a regular speaker at internal and external tax seminars.

Wim Wuyts

WTS Global

Wim Wuyts is leading WTS Global since 2017 as CEO. In the last 9 years, he worked as Vice-President and Global Head of Tax for Bekaert, a multinational, stock listed steel wire company headquartered in Belgium with an annual turnover of four billion € (2016). Earlier in his career, he worked for Arthur Andersen, Levi Strauss & Co, Baxter Inc. and Agfa-Gevaert. accumulating more than 20 years of experience. Additionally he also worked for the Belgian Government. In March 2017, he finished his second and last mandate as Chairman of the Tax Committee of the Belgian Employers Federation.

Wim studied in Brussels (EHSAL & ICHEC) and Paris (Sorbonne & INSEAD) and has a strong inclination to teach and share his knowledge with others. He feels very inspired to be surrounded with tomorrow’s tax leaders from all over the world. In cooperation with the European Centre of Executive Development (CEDEP), where he is also Program Director, he developed a General Management and Tax Leadership Program which he is currently running annually on the INSEAD Campus in Fontainebleau. He co-founded the European Chapter of the Tax Executive Institute (TEI) and also created the Belgian informal Tax Think Tank in 2004.

On a personal level, the financial crisis in 2008 deeply shattered Wims perception of the tax profession to the core as all principles of transparency and integrity were severely undermined. On a journey to Santiago de Compostela he processed what had happened in the financial world and what it meant for him. The results of these diary entries led to the book, “On a Journey”.





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