SMU David R Tillinghast Global Digital Taxation Conference 2020



30 March - 1 April 2020


SMU School of Law

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Singapore 179943

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BEPS 2.0: Voices from A Digital Asia

30 MAR - 1 APR 2020




The Speakers





Pascal Saint-Amans

Director, Centre for Tax Policy and Administration

Pascal Saint-Amans took on his duties as Director of the Center for Tax Policy and Administration at the OECD on 1 February 2012. Mr. Saint-Amans, a French national, joined the OECD in September 2007 as Head of the International Co-operation and Tax Competition Division in the CTPA.  He played a key role in the advancement of the OECD tax transparency agenda in the context of the G20. In October 2009 he was appointed Head of the Global Forum Division, created to service the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes, a programme with the participation of over 100 countries.

Prof Pasquale Pistone

Academic Chairman, IBFD

Associate Professor of Tax Law at the University of Salerno (Italy)

Prof. Pistone's main fields of expertise are European and international tax law, in which he is regarded as a top academic expert in various parts of the world. Over the past 15 years he has lectured extensively on issues of European and international tax law (at several universities in 12 EU countries, 3 further European countries and 13 non-European countries) and has reported at over 150 specialised tax conferences around the world. He has been invited to present his views in meetings organised by the European Commission, the European Court of Justice and the OECD.





Prof Dr. Jeffrey Owens

Director, WU Global Tax Policy Centre, Vienna and

Senior Policy Advisor, the Global Vice Chair of Tax EY

Dr. Owens is a renowned expert in the tax sciences, and has held a number of academic posts in his 40-year career in taxation. From 2001-2012, Dr. Owens headed OECD's global taxation policy work as director of the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration.

Prof Dr. Robert Danon

Chairman, IFA Permanent Scientific Committee

Prof. Danon is regularly involved in the public consultations organized by the OECD and is an expert in tax reform and corporate tax governance issues. In 2015, he was appointed by Switzerland’s finance minister to analyse the country’s corporate tax reform and acted as the General Reporter on R&D tax incentives at the Basel Congress of IFA. His current research includes tax treaty abuse, transfer pricing, the implementation of the base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) initiative around the globe (a topic on which he chaired the 2017 IFA Congress in Brazil) as well as taxation of the digital economy.  He is the author and (co-)editor of numerous leading publications, including a French commentary to the OECD Model Tax Convention.





Prof H. David Rosenbloom

James S. Eustice Visiting Professor of Taxation and Director of International Tax Program, New York University School of Law

Prof. Rosenbloom has served as a Tax Policy Advisor for the US Treasury, the OECD, US AID, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank in Eastern Europe and the Baltic countries, the former Soviet Union, Senegal, Malawi, and South Africa. He has consulted with and advised foreign governments and international organisations on international tax matters, and served as an expert witness in international tax disputes in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, and Australia. He has also written extensively on international and comparative tax topics. His most recent writings discuss the intersection of U.S. tax reform, U.S. tax treaty policy, and the OECD Project on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting.

Prof Zhu Yan Sheng

Vice Dean, Associate Director, Centre for International Tax Law & Comparative Taxation

Professor of Law, Xiamen University

Prof Zhu works in the field of international economic Law, tax law and commercial law, specializing in international tax law, Chinese commercial law, teaching Chinese Tax Law, International Tax Law, International Economic Law, Chinese Civil Law, Chinese Property Law, Company Law, Commercial Law and Trust Law.


He published many articles and books in his research area. He also serves as an arbitrator with the Xiamen Arbitration Commission and Quanzhou Arbitration Commission, Legislative consultant of Xiamen Municipal Government, Legal consultant of Xiamen Municipal Office of State Administration Taxation and Vice-president of Xiamen consumer rights protection commission.


Associate Director


Managing Partner

Mukesh Butani

Member of UN tax committee

Managing Partner at BMR Legal

Mukesh Butani is an acknowledged expert on international tax who had served as a member of the OECD's business restructuring advisory group, and is presently Vice-Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Taxation Commission, member of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Tax Experts on Transfer Pricing and Tax Dispute Resolution, member of the Tax Bureau of the OECD-BIAC.


He is a member of the International Fiscal Association's Permanent Scientific Committee (2010 to 2016). Mr Butani is author of the acclaimed treatise “Transfer Pricing - An Indian Perspective”, and has co-authored IBFD’s "Transfer Pricing & Customs Valuation" and "Transfer Pricing & Business Restructuring".

Terence (Terry) Yuen

Country President, BP Singapore & Myanmar; and

Regional Head of Tax, Asia Pacific

Terry has over 30 years of international taxation experience; first with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) in Canada and Hong Kong, then with Intel Corporation in Hong Kong (1996-2005) and Shanghai (2006-2009), and with Dell Inc. in Singapore (2009-2013) where his last position was executive director for taxation in Asia Pacific and Japan, before joining BP.


Terry is a Canadian Chartered Accountant and a Hong Kong Certified Public Accountant. He is an active member of the Tax Executives Institute (TEI), where he currently serves on its membership approval committee and also the TEI Asia Chapter board of directors as treasurer. He was a co-founder of the TEI Asia Chapter and its vice president for the 2006/2007 fiscal year.


Country President


Head of Tax

Eugene Gay

Head of Tax, Asia Pacific at Marsh & McLennan Companies ("MMC")

Prior to joining MMC, a global professional services firm offering clients advice and solutions in the areas of risk, strategy and people, Eugene started his career in tax consulting before assuming regional tax lead roles in various companies and industries. 


Eugene has more than 22 years of experience dealing with corporate taxes, indirect taxes (including customs), individual income taxes etc.

Eugene is also the President of the Board of the Tax Executives Institute (“TEI”), Asia Chapter.  The TEI is the preeminent association of in‐house tax professionals worldwide. Today, the TEI has over 7,000 members in 56 separate chapters worldwide. 

Amit Gupta

Director – Tax, Dell Technologies – Indian subcontinent

Amit Gupta is currently the Director – Tax for Dell Technologies (including legacy EMC) – Indian subcontinent based in Bengaluru (India). Amit is responsible for all the tax matters of Dell Technologies (including legacy EMC) in India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Mauritius.

Prior to relocating to Bengaluru, Amit was based in Singapore managing taxes for Dell in the Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ) region. In this role, Amit was responsible for all the tax matters across Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, India and Singapore.


Prior to joining Dell, Amit was the Tax Leader (VP) at GE Capital in India where his responsibilities included managing taxes (corporate and indirect) for various legal entities and advising/implementing tax efficient structures for equity investments, cross-border funding/loans, leases, joint ventures and acquisitions. Amit has also worked as South Asia Tax Manager for Intel and inter alia managed transfer pricing audits, negotiations with Government on tax holidays, duty/tariff reductions and exemptions.



Georg Kofler



Chair for Fiscal Law, Tax Law and Tax Policy - Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria

Professor DDr. Georg Kofler, LL.M. earned a doctorate in law as well as a doctorate in business administration in 2002 and 2003, respectively, and an LL.M. in International Taxation from New York University in 2004.


In 2006, Georg gained his postdoctoral lecturing qualification (“habilitation”) with a thesis on “Double Taxation Conventions and European Community Law”, which was awarded a number of prizes, including IFA’s Mitchell B. Caroll Prize. Georg Kofler has worked in the field of taxation, especially European and international taxation, for over 20 years and is involved in tax research, training and education.


Georg Kofler was also a member of the Austrian government’s 2014/15 tax reform commission. His publications include monographs and more than 300 articles, book chapters and reviews of court decisions in academic journals and anthologies.

Lisa Zheng

Tax Director for Asia, Procter & Gamble

Tax Committee Chair for TEI Asia Chapter

Lisa has 25 years of tax experience, most of which has been in the commercial sector including Oil and Gas, Healthcare and FMCG, with the first 12 years in the US and the last 13 in Asia (China and Singapore).

Lisa has extensive experience in transfer pricing including Advance Pricing Agreements and Mutual Agreements Procedure; tax controversies and mergers and acquisitions.


Director / Chair

James A (Jim) Brumby



Director, Governance Global Practice, World Bank Group

Jim Brumby is a Director of the Governance Global Practice, and is responsible for the governance program in the East Asia & Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean and the South Asia regions.


He also heads the public sector family which comprises staff working on domestic resource mobilization, public economics, justice and public sector reform.


Jim has been engaged on public management and economic reform at state, national and international levels for more than thirty years, having worked for the Treasury of the state of Victoria in Australia, the Treasury of New Zealand, the OECD, the IMF and currently since 2007, at the World Bank. He returned to World Bank headquarters in Washington DC in 2015 to take up the position of Director after a period in Indonesia as Lead Economist and Sector Manager. He holds an MPA from Harvard University.

Michael Lennard

Chief of International Tax Cooperation and Trade in the Financing for Development Office (FfDO) of the United Nations

His work has a particular focus on ensuring the fairness and workability of international tax norms, including achieving greater developing country input into those norms, and encouraging cooperation to improve tax systems and administrations, as a spur to sustained development.
Previously Mr Lennard was a tax treaty adviser in the OECD Tax Treaty Secretariat in Paris for three years and prior to that he worked on tax treaty and other international tax matters at the Australian Tax Office. He had earlier worked in the Australian government’s Office of International Law.
He has led Australian negotiating teams on trade, investment, environmental and tax treaty matters and has prepared argument for matters before the Australian High Court, the US Supreme Court and the WTO. His published work on treaty interpretation has been cited before WTO panels and before the WTO Appellate Body. Mr Lennard has degrees from the University of Tasmania, the Australian National University and Cambridge. 




Deputy Commissioner

Fiona Dillon

Deputy Commissioner at Australian Taxation Office

Fiona currently serves in Paris, chairing the Joint International Taskforce on Information Sharing and Collaboration (JITSIC) on behalf of the Australian Commissioner of Taxation and representing Australia in other OECD taxation initiatives.

She has previously held senior tax leadership roles in both government and the private sector, including stints acting as the ATO’s Deputy Chief Tax Counsel.

Fiona has worked in areas such as law design, litigation, technical advice and policy design. 

Fabrizia Lapecorella

General Manager of Finance

Fabrizia Lapecorella is General Manager of Finance from June 24th 2008. In 1987 she graduated with honors in Economics and Business from the University of Bari, discussing a thesis in Science of Finance and Financial Law. In the same year she received a Certificate in Economics from the University of York (UK).


In 1997 she obtained the title of Doctor of Philosophy in Economics from the University of York (UK). From 12 January 2004 he is Professor of Finance Science. From 2001 to 2007 he held various positions at the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

In 2002 she was named SECIT Expert (Services or Advisory and Tax Inspector of the Ministry of Economy and Finance) and she carried out her activity at the International Relations Office of the Cabinet of the Minister and then at the International Relations Office of the Department for Fiscal Policies. From January 2006 to October 2007 she was Director of Secit. From 1 January 2008 to 14 June 2008 she was General Manager of the Observatory for Public Contracts - Market Analysis and Study at the Authority for the Supervision of Public Works Contracts for Services and Supplies.


She has been a member of the Bureau of the Committee of Fiscal Affairs (CFA) of the OECD since January 2012. She has carried out research on the economic analysis of taxation, public finance, public economics and contract theory. She has held courses at the Universities of Rome, Bari, York, Belgrano - Buenos Aires, as well as at the Higher School of Economics and Finance.


General Manager

Prof Michael Devereux


Director / Professor

Director of the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation

Professor of Business Taxation at Saïd Business School

Professorial Fellow at Oriel College.

Michael Devereux's work concerns the impact of taxes on business behaviour, including investment, employment, location and financial behaviour, as well as the design of appropriate tax policies for business. A particular interest is the international side of corporation tax, including where companies do and should pay tax on profit, how differences in taxes affect real economic decisions (such as where companies locate different economic activities), and how this affects the process of competition between countries.

Mike has made a significant contribution to the tax policy-making debate in the UK and internationally, especially through the EU commission where most recently he was a member of the European Commission High Level Expert Group on Taxation of the Digital Economy, the OECD, and the IMF. He is a member of the Government-Business Forum on Tax and Competitiveness, chaired by David Gauke MP, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury. He acted as Specialist Adviser to the Economic Affairs Committee of the House of Lords on its enquiry into corporation tax in 2013.

Gael Perraud

Co-chair of digital taxation task force, OECD, inclusive framework

Gaël Perraud is Director of European and International Taxation at the Tax Policy Department of the French Ministry of Economy and Finance. As such, he handles work on international taxation representing France in multilateral organisations (European Union, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development – OECD). He is also in charge of bilateral issues, notably tax treaties.


Gaël Perraud joined the French Ministry of Finance in 2010. He held different positions within the Tax Policy Department, as head of the European Unit and as head of Unit dealing with domestic legislation on personal income tax. He has also been appointed as Counsellor to the Cabinet of the Minister of Economy (2014-2015).


Co-chair  / Director


Day 1 Programme 

(Academic Portion of the conference – BY INVITATION ONLY)





Inaugural NYU International Tax Program – SMU David R Tillinghast Asia Lecture


The US/Silicon Valley Perspective

Day 2 Programme





Opening Addresses by Guests of Honour




OECD Address: Getting to Global Consensus on Digital Economy Taxation


Lunch and Networking


Disruptive Business Models in Asia and Its Impact on Tax Laws by AI, Big Data etc




Riding the BEPS 2.0 Digital Wave in Asia


Non-OECD G20 Giants: India, China, Indonesia


Closing Remarks

Day 3 Programme





KeyNote Address: Surfing the BEPS 2.0 Wave - How Small Countries Adapt to Digital Disruption and the New World Order in International Taxation


Agile Responses to a Rapidly Digitalized World –

Tax Administrators’ Perspective




Handling Cross-border Digital Tax Disputes – Doctrine, Forum and Alternative Dispute Resolution


Lunch and Networking


The Business Response: Disrupt or be Disrupted

Change in tax risk management and compliance models arising from AI, Data Analytics


Taxpayers’ Rights, Equity, non-discrimination Aspects of Tax Laws and Policy in a Digital Age of AI and Big Data




Leveraging Technology to Transform Compliance & Tax Administration (Case Studies)


Closing Awards Ceremony

The Venue

SMU Law School Centre for AI and Data Governance

Singapore Management University

55 Armenian Street

Singapore 179943

The Centre for AI & Data Governance was set up in January 2019 will promote beneficial AI and interrogate and respond to emerging social issues arising from AI and Data Use. With a vision to be a leading player in the global development of AI and Data Governance and a Mission to develop cutting-edge legal, ethical and regulatory research for various governmental (and non-governmental) frameworks in AI and data use.

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Prizes & Awards

  • OECD Center for Tax Policy and Administration – SMU – University of Lausanne Prize for Overall Best Paper

  • IBFD-SMU Best Asia Tax Policy Prize

  • Tax Academy-SMU Best Tax Law/Jurisprudence Prize

  • Oxford-SMU-SIATP Best International Tax Architecture Prize

  • Complimentary admission to the conference for top 2 papers under each category (only one free ticket per paper will be given)


*Awarded by a neutral panel of distinguished international taxation thought leaders appointed by the Director of OECD Center for Tax Policy and the various prize sponsors and universities*


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