The 2nd annual Tax Indaba 2015 will take place from 7 to 11 September 2015 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The event is pleased to announce the following key note speakers:
He joined the then Inland Revenue in 1976 and advanced to the position of Director of Capital and Savings in 1998. Following the merger of the Inland Revenue and Customs and Excise in 2004, he became HMRC’s Director General for Customer Contact and Compliance Strategy and then Director General for Business. He was one of Her Majesty’s Commissioners of Revenue and Customs, the formal governing board of HMRC, from when it was created in 2005 until his retirement, having previously been a board member of the Inland Revenue. On the Board, he acted as Director General of Policy and Technical. Hartnett was later appointed to a new post of Second Permanent Secretary for Tax, with responsibility for tax professionalism. Dave Hartnett whilst HMRC boss, negotiated a tax deal that granted HSBC’s bankers virtually guaranteed immunity from prosecution for any crimes they might have committed relating to tax fraud in Switzerland. Later in January 2013, he moved on to work at HSBC.
Judge Bernard Ngoepe
Currently the Tax Ombudsman and a South African Judge. He obtained a BJur from the University of the North and a LLB degree from Unisa. Ngoepe has previously served as an Acting Judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. He is also the Chancellor of the University of South Africa.
Prof. Annet Oguttu
Annet is a professor of tax law and the tax law subject head in the College of Law at the University of South Africa. She holds a Doctorate in Tax law written on a topic in international tax law (UNISA) which was followed by Post-Doctoral Studies at the University of Michigan –USA; a Masters in Tax law (UNISA); LLB degree (Makerere University); a Higher Diploma in International Tax Law (UJ) and a Diploma in Legal Practice (Makerere University). Prof. Oguttu has published many articles in national and internationally accredited journals on various international tax law topics and is a rated researcher under South Africa’s National Research Foundation. She is a co-author of the book “Tax Law: An Introduction” published by JUTA. In 2014 President Zuma appointed her as one of the Commissioners of the South African Law Reform Commission. In 2013, Prof Oguttu was appointed by the Minister of Finance is a member of the Davis Tax Committee to assess South Africa’s tax policy framework – she chairs the BEPS Subcommittee. In 2012, she was appointed by UN/DESA as a member of the “Expert Group to Developed a UN Course on Double Tax Treaties” intended to develop capacitate among tax administrators in developing countries. She is an instructor of international tax law at the “African Tax Institute”, which brings together tax officials from various African countries to develop capacity. She is a visiting professor – lecturing international tax law for a Maters course at the University of Pretoria and the HDip in International Tax Law at the University of Johannesburg. She is the Board President of the South African Institute of Tax Practitioners. She is a Board member of the South African Fiscal Association and a Board member of the African Tax Research Network which is based at the African Tax Administration Forum.
Prof. Mervyn King
Prof. King has chaired and been a director of several companies listed on the JSE and is probably best known as the Chairman of the King Committee on Corporate Governance in South Africa. However, he also serves as President of the Advertising Standards Authority, First Vice-President of the Institute of Directors Southern Africa, a member of the Securities Regulation Panel, which oversees all mergers and acquisitions in the country, Chairman of the Appeal Committee of the United Cricket Board and of the Automobile Association, Strate, the settlement arm of trades in equities and other instruments in South Africa, and of Brait Societé Anonyme. He was the South African representative at the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris for nine years and still acts as an arbitrator and mediator in commercial disputes. He is associated in numerous ways with several other organisations including the Commonwealth Association of Corporate Governance, the World Bank and the United Nations, among others.
For more information go to the Tax Indaba 2015 official website.