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


Speakers


Alex Miller

 

senior vat manager
Lloyds Banking Group


Charlene Adline Herbain

 
lawyer at
Law Square ( Belgium) and lecturer University of Luxembourg

Charlene Herbain (PhD, 2011, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Luxembourg) is a VAT specialist. She is a senior managing lawyer in the tax policy and tax litigation practice at Law Square and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Luxembourg and Adjunct Lecturer at the Université Nancy II.

She has been named as an Indirect Tax Leader (2014, 2015 and 2017) by International Tax Review, and her Ph.D. thesis, “VAT Neutrality” received very honorable mention from the jury of the IFA Maurice Lauré Prize in June 2015.

Prior to her current work, Ms. Herbain worked for 2 years as a post-doctoral researcher at the Catholic University of Louvain and spent nearly 10 years in a variety of corporate role


Cendrine Chappuis


senior manager, global indirect tax
Homeaway

Conceicao Gamito

 
head of indirect tax
VdA Portugal

Conceiçao heads the indirect tax team at Vieira de Almeida & Associados (VdA), advising clients on all VAT, customs and excise duty matters and representing them before the tax authorities and tax courts. Conceiçao also advises clients dealing with indirect tax issues in foreign jurisdictions including Angola, Cape Verde, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, East Timor, Gabon and Mozambique.

Conceiçao is a certified tax arbitrator and the Portuguese correspondent for the online publication “VAT in Europe” (IBFD). She is the author of several publications, including “VAT and Digital Economy”, “Digital Economy Taxation: the quest for a perfect solution”, “VAT on early termination payments”, “Bitcoins & VAT”, “VAT on the transfer as a going concern” and the Portuguese chapter of “European VAT Handbook”.

Expert Trainer at the International VAT Expert Academy since 2016.

Trainer at VAT Forum’s International School on Indirect Taxation since 2011


David O'Sullivan

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

David joined the consumption taxes team in the OECD in January 2018 and is currently active in the discussions on the role of digital platforms in the collection of VAT/GST on online sales. From 2014 - 2017, David worked in the European Commission with lead responsibility in the VAT Policy Unit for digital economy issues and was the EU Commission’s representative to the OECD’s Task Force on the Digital Economy for this period. Prior to this, David was a delegate to the EU Council working party on tax questions and chaired this working party during the 2013 Irish Presidency.


Helena Tender

 
head of global tax 
Ascom

Helena is the Head of Global Tax at Ascom, a Swiss multinational in the healthcare industry. She oversees and is responsible for the tax function in 14 jurisdictions.

Helena started her career as a tax lawyer, later on joining a Big4 where she specialized in indirect taxation and TESCM projects. With that experience, she moved in-house where she assisted an American multinational to implement a principal  structure in Switzerland, having been responsible for VAT and Compliance across the EU.

She holds a degree in Law by the University of Lisbon, a Master in Taxation and a specialization in VAT by the IBFD. She is a published author on indirect tax.


Ken Chan

 
head of tax 
TransferWise


Marco De Weerd

 
vat solution principle
Sovos

Marco is a tax lawyer with over 20 years of international VAT experience and began his career at Deloitte before serving as Senior Manager Global Indirect Taxes for CHC Helicopters, a global helicopter services company.  He is now heading the European Support Team and works closely with Sovos clients and implementation teams to facilitate the use and implementation of Sovos VAT Reporting and Business to Government (B2G) Reporting.


Maria Teresa Fabregas-Fernandez


director general 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.

Greg Lockhart


tax principal
Matheson

Philipp Besson

 
partner, indirect tax 
WTS


Ritesh Kanodia

 
head of vat
Dhruva Advisors

Tamas Laszlo

 
vat manager
WTS Budapest

Joel Wessels


partner
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
WTS

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


partner
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


ceo
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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