ITR Global Tax 50 2022: Nirmala Sitharaman
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ITR Global Tax 50 2022: Nirmala Sitharaman

Minister of finance and corporate affairs, India


Indian Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has placed tax policy at the heart of the country’s priorities for its one-year G20 presidency, which began on December 1 2022.

Sitharaman has highlighted building consensus on contentious issues including global policies, taxation and debt distress as key to multilateral cooperation. The Indian finance minister has also been critical of international financing institutions and suggested that they will likely be an issue of particular concern during India’s reign.

Sitharaman’s star has shone since joining Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bhartiya Janata Party in 2008. She was first elected to the Parliament of India in 2014 and has since held various ministerial positions, including defence, commerce and industry, corporate affairs, and finance.

Aside from politics, Sitharaman’s early career was forged in the UK. She gained experience as an assistant to the economist in the Agricultural Engineers Association and subsequently as a senior manager at PwC in London. She also briefly worked at the BBC World Service.

Tax dodgers and fraudsters have reason to be concerned following Sitharaman’s instruction for the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs to use artificial intelligence and data analytics to close tax leakages.

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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