Global Tax 50 2015: Rita de la Feria
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Global Tax 50 2015: Rita de la Feria

Chair, tax law, University of Leeds School of Law

Rita de la Feria

Rita de la Feria is a new entry this year

Rita de la Feria was the chair in tax law at Durham Law School until January 1 and has been at the forefront of efforts to bring together a community of current experts and budding talents in the study of international tax. The Portuguese native specialises in tax policy, VAT and EU constitutional law, juggling her academic commitments with involvements in a multitude of other areas.

And 'juggling' is definitely the right word; de la Feria kept a number of balls in the air during 2015, hosting events at Durham – including May's well-attended VAT conference – and contributing to research papers (for example in connection with the Economic and Social Research Council, the UK's largest research-funding organisation; and in collaboration with Oxford University's Michael Devereux, with whom she proposed the destination-based corporate tax principle) as well as travelling the world to ensure her voice was being heard and her expertise was being shared as widely as possible.

As part of this, and further testament to her influence, de la Feria announced in November that she had taken on an additional role as a tax adviser to the government of East Timor, helping capacity building efforts in the country as part of a team responsible for drafting a new VAT law.

"A stable source of revenue for the country. Very excited," she said on Twitter.

De la Feria has also played an active role in helping to eradicate the gender imbalance in tax, including criticising previous editions of the Global Tax 50 for being too male-dominated.

She has now called time on her three and a half year stint at Durham, taking up a similar role as chair in tax law at the University of Leeds School of Law on January 1. Though she may be in slightly different surroundings, de la Feria will surely remain a vocal and influential academic figure in the tax world throughout 2016 and beyond.

She tweets using the handle @delaFeriaR.

The Global Tax 50 2015

View the full list and introduction

The top 10 • Ranked in order of influence

1. Margrethe Vestager

2. Pascal Saint-Amans

3. Wang Jun

4. Arun Jaitley

5. Marissa Mayer

6. Will Morris

7. Ian Read

8. Pierre Moscovici

9. Donato Raponi

10. Global Alliance for Tax Justice

The remaining 40 • In alphabetic order

Brigitte Alepin

Andrus Ansip

Tamara Ashford

Mohammed Amine Baina

Piet Battiau

Elise Bean

Monica Bhatia

David Bradbury

Winnie Byanyima

Mauricio Cardenas

Allison Christians

Rita de la Feria

Marlies de Ruiter

Judith Freedman

Meg Hillier

Vanessa Houlder

Kim Jacinto-Henares

Eva Joly

Chris Jordan

Jean-Claude Juncker

Alain Lamassoure

Juliane Kokott

Armando Lara Yaffar

Liao Tizhong

Paige Marvel

Angela Merkel

Zach Mider

Richard Murphy

George Osborne

Achim Pross

Akhilesh Ranjan

Alan Robertson

Paul Ryan

Tove Maria Ryding

Magdalena Sepulveda Carmona

Lee Sheppard

Parthasarathi Shome

Robert Stack

Mike Williams

Ya-wen Yang

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