ITR Global Tax 50 2022: Gerard Ryle
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ITR Global Tax 50 2022: Gerard Ryle

Director of the ICIJ


Investigative journalist Gerard Ryle is no stranger in the tax world. Having emigrated from Ireland to Australia, Ryle has worked as an investigative journalist almost all his life.

Since September 2011, Ryle has held the role of director at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

His work at the ICIJ has been particularly acknowledged for disclosing leaks of financial and legal records in the Panama and Paradise Papers. Ryle led the team of journalists in charge of investigating offshore accounts and corruption.

In July 2022, the ICIJ published the Uber Files project, also under Ryle’s leadership. The documents revealed how the technology company used evasive practices to avoid law enforcement in at least six countries.

Following the release of the report, Uber faced questions about its transfer pricing arrangements in low-tax jurisdictions. Journalists claimed the company used a strategy to help tax authorities collect taxes from drivers while it shifted its profits to low-tax jurisdictions such as Bermuda.

Ryle told ITR at the time: “Company executives agreed to share driver data to ‘contain’ a tax audit and deflect from the tech giant’s use of European and Caribbean tax havens.”

Thanks to Ryle’s team, more light has been shed on Uber’s tax strategies and the company is facing more scrutiny than ever before.

Global Tax 50 2022

Breaking down the entire 50 individually according to the impact they made would require too granular an approach. Each entry is in alphabetical order as part of categories, i.e. individuals, to make it simpler to navigate.

Industry figures
Tax authorities
Public officials
Noteworthy individuals
Vice president of global transfer pricing and tax disputes, Johnson & Johnson
Chair of tax policy group, BusinessEurope
Director and head of international tax for Meta Latin America
Head of transfer pricing, AstraZeneca
Executive vice president of global tax and treasury, Unilever
Global head of tax, Siemens
Chair of the taxation committee, USCIB
Chair of the tax committee at BIAC
Commissioner of the Canada Revenue Agency
Commissioner of SARS
Minister of Revenue, New Zealand
Former IRS commissioner
Commissioner of the State Tax Administration
Executive secretary of ATAF
Director of direct taxation, coordination, economic analysis and evaluation, European Commission
Minister of finance, budget and national planning, Nigeria
US president
Departing president of Brazil
Secretariat of the economy, Mexico
Acting Head of the Tax Policy and Statistics Division, OECD
Co-chairs of the UN Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters (UN Tax Committee)
Commissioner for the economy, European Commission
Minister of finance, Indonesia
Head of TIWB secretariat
Prime minister of Japan
US senators
Director-general of the Public Debt Management Office, Thai Ministry of Finance
Chair of the House Ways & Means Committee
Director of the OECD’s Centre for Tax Policy and Administration
Head of the GloBE unit, OECD
President of Colombia
Acting deputy director of the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, OECD
Former director of the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, OECD
Lord of Kingswood, UK
Minister of finance and corporate affairs, India
UK prime minister and chancellor of the exchequer
Chair of the Senate Finance Committee
Secretary of the US Treasury
CEO and global chairman, EY
Tax attorney, blogger and podcaster, Taxgirl
Former Uber lobbyist
Director of Tax Research UK
Director of Tax Policy Associates
CEO of Opportunity Green
Chief executive of Tax Justice Network
Acting director of TaxWatch
Former responsible tax lead at PIRC
Chief executive of Fair Tax Foundation
Director of the ICIJ
Principal analyst for CICTAR
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