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Sunil Agarwal, International Tax and Corporate Tax Advisory Partner, PwC Singapore
Sunil has over 17 years of experience in international tax, transfer pricing and tax consulting services, and leads the Technology, Infocomm, Media and Entertainment practice of the tax division. He specializes in tax restructuring and has assisted various multinationals in optimizing their taxes across the Asia-Pacific region.
Prof. Mary E Barth, Joan E. Horngren Professor of Accounting, Stanford University
Prof. Barth is a former member of the International Accounting Standards Board and the advisory council for the Financial Accounting Standards Board, and was previously Associate Professor at Harvard Business School and an audit partner in Arthur Andersen & Co.
Sunil Golecha, CFO & Head of Corporate Segment ASEAN and North Asia, Thomson Reuters
Sunil is both CFO and Head of Corporate segment sales for Thomson Reuters’ businesses across ASEAN and North Asia. As CFO, he leads strategic planning, business analysis, FP&A, decision support, operations, customer service, and sales support. In addition, Sunil leads enterprise software and solutions sales to multinational corporations.
Philip de Homont, Principal, Global Transfer Pricing and Intellectual Property Practices, NERA
Mr. de Homont provides planning and litigation advice to international corporations and law firms, specializes in the defense of complex and unusual transfer pricing and intellectual property cases, and has extensive experience in the valuation of financial products and unique intellectual property in a variety of industries.
Jim Hunter, Managing Partner of Tax for EY’s Asia-Pacific area
Jim has substantial experience in implementing complex, multi-national and performance improvement driven tax engagements for companies across multiple industries, with particular emphasis on health sciences, technology and telecommunications sectors.
Prof. Darren Koh, Vice-Dean, SIM University, Singapore
Darren is the Course Director for the Master of Taxation programme at SIM University with a keen interest in international taxation, particularly in the field of transfer pricing and tax efficient supply-chain structuring. His careers in two Big 4 accounting firms and in industry has taken him around the world (London, Hong Kong, Kobe, Geneva, the United States), until his return to Singapore.
Mikkel Bilyk Larsen, Managing Director, Group Head of Tax and Accounting Policy and Fintec Mentor, DBS Bank, Singapore
Mr. Larsen is responsible for the implementation of Integrated Reporting at the DBS Group and has held several top posts in banking groups in the Asian region.
Ketan Madia, Tax Director South-East Asia, GE, Singapore
Ketan started his career with Arthur Andersen in 1994, advising MNCs across industry segments before joining GE in 1999. Over a 16-year career, he has done a variety of finance and tax leadership roles for infrastructure, financing and digital businesses in South Asia and South East Asia.
Dr. Luka Müller-Studer, Legal Partner, MME, Switzerland
Dr. Müller-Studer provides assistance to companies in the technology and financial sector. He focuses on technology, financing acquisition and restructuring cases, and is an expert on complex compliance cases in the areas of regulatory compliance, anti-money laundering, anti-corruption and judicial assistance and is an advisor of large compliance organizations.
Prof Dr. Jeffrey Owens, Director, WU Global Tax Policy Center, Vienna
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 Center for Tax Policy and Administration.
Michael Quigley, Senior Attorney, Kim & Chang, Korea
Mr. Quigley specializes in representing clients in tax controversy and litigation matters. He is a leading authority on intercompany transfer pricing, tax treaties, permanent establishment issues and other tax matters affecting multinational corporations.
Vaibhav Sanghvi, Tax Director, Asia Pacific & Japan, Symantec Corporation, Singapore
Vaibhav is responsible for the group’s strategic tax planning and all aspects of tax accounting, compliance and controversy in Asia-Pacific & Japan. He has over 19 years in international tax and planning in Big 4 accounting firms and in industry.
Gary Sprague, Partner, Baker & McKenzie, San Francisco/Palo Alto
Mr. Sprague is a 25-year veteran of international law and is regularly included among North America's top tax advisers. He focuses his practice on international corporate tax planning and advice, tax controversies and e-commerce law, and represents software, high technology, and e-commerce companies.
Robert Thomson, acting Assistant Commissioner, Public Groups and International Division, Australian Taxation Office
Robert is responsible for coordinating the implementation of the Diverted Profits Tax and adoption of the relevant BEPS recommendations, and has represented the ATO in various international forums including on JITSIC projects and at the Taskforce of the Digital Economy.
Steve Towers, International Tax Advisor, International Fiscal Association, Singapore
Steve is a senior international tax partner and the Asia Pacific leader of the international tax practice in a Big 4 accounting firm, with 30 years of experience in international tax planning for multinational corporations.
Greg Unsworth, Risk Assurance and Digital Business Leader, PWC Singapore
Greg has been with PwC for over 25 years, and has up until recently led the Technology, Media & Telecommunication Industry (TMT) practice. Greg has significant overseas experience, having been based in the London, Sydney and Tokyo offices. He is involved in PwC’s key publications around digital disruption, emerging technologies and innovation.
Dr. Alexander Voegele, Chair of Advisory Board, NERA, Germany
During more than 25 years advising international corporations and leading law firms on transfer pricing and IP issues, Dr. Voegele has specialized in developing innovative economic structures for transfer pricing strategies and for the defense of major international transfer pricing cases, and has frequently been ranked as a leading tax and transfer pricing professional.

Prof. Zeping Zhang, Associate Professor, East China University of Political Science and Law
Prof. Zhang is the Director of the ECUPL Center for International Tax Law and an arbitrator with the Shanghai International Arbitration Center. Prof. Zhang’s scholarship and teaching focus on tax law and business law, and he has published several articles in these fields.