ITR Global Tax 50 2022: Prem Sikka
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ITR Global Tax 50 2022: Prem Sikka

Lord of Kingswood, UK


Baron Prem Sikka is one of the most prominent voices for accounting reform in the UK. He continues to advocate for tax and accounting reform from the House of Lords and in his writing and media appearances.

Sikka is an outspoken critic of his own profession and regularly appears in the media calling for tougher regulation of the accounting and audit sectors. He has spent more than 30 years campaigning to reform the UK tax system, corporate governance, accounting standards and the audit market, just to name a few areas of his expertise.

However, the peerage was a big surprise to him because he has long opposed the House of Lords. Nevertheless, Sikka joined the House of Lords in October 2020, concluding the peerage would give him a bigger platform and more influence on the issues he cares about most.

As a campaigner, Sikka has taken on many causes over the years, but a consistent focus has been the accounting industry and the audit sector. He once described his research into this area as “the dark side of capitalism”.

Once close to the Labour leadership office under Jeremy Corbyn, Sikka still votes against the UK government but has little hope in Labour leader Keir Starmer. Nevertheless, Sikka continues to advocate for radical change.

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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