Stefano Palmieri, President, ECO Section, European Economic and Social Committee

Graduated in economics and commerce at La Sapienza University in Rome. Stefano Palmieri, is a member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), since 2009, and is currently President of its Section for Economic and Monetary Union and Economic and Social Cohesion. He also served as President of the EESC's Europe 2020 Steering Committee. He is member of the International and European Department at the Italian trade union Confederazione Generale Italiana del Lavoro (CGIL). He served as head of the CGIL's Europe office in Brussels (2009-2010). Previously he held several positions including: Coordinator of research in "Local development and industrial policy" at Istituto di Ricerche Economiche e Sociali (IRES); member of the Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC) to the OECD, of the Steering Committee of the Institute de la Protection Sociale Europeenne (IPSE), of the ICFTU/ITS/TUAC Committee for International Co-operation on Workers Capital, of the Macroeconomic Group of the Social Dialogue Committee of the European Trade Union Confederation at the European Commission; researcher at the Italian National Council for Economy and Labor (CNEL) and expert on the Science of Finance and Financial Law at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata".

Krister Andersson, Member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

Krister Andersson is a Swedish national andhe has been a Member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) since 2015. He is the Chairman of the Tax Policy Group of BusinessEurope and the Vice chairman with responsibility for Tax Policy in the Business Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC). Since 2013 he has been a member of the European Commission’s Platform for Tax Good Governance. Mr Andersson is associate professor in Economics at Lund University. From 2013 to 2019 he was a member of the Permanent Scientific Committee (PSC) of the International Fiscal Association, IFA, which comprises more than 12,500 tax professionals in the public and private sectors from 111 countries. Between 1991-1996, he was Chief Economist of Sveriges Riksbank, the Swedish central bank. He worked for several years for the IMF in Washington, D.C. with country surveillance, economic analysis and technical assistance to governments on taxation issues.

Alain Clara, Policy officer, DG TAXUD, European Commission

Alain Clara, is a member of the Company Taxation Initiatives unit in DG TAXUD (European Commission) since 2013 and is currently in charge of the Debt Equity Bias Removing Allowance (DEBRA) initiative.He graduated in management and commerce from Solvay Business School Brussels.He worked in a tax administration and in the private sector prior to joining the European Commission in 2003.

Mindy Herzfeld, Professor of Tax Practice

Ms. Herzfeld is a Professor of Tax Practice at the University of Florida, Frederic G. Levin College of Law, where she teaches courses in tax policy and international taxation for LL.M students. Since 2014, she has been a Contributing Editor to Tax Notes International, a weekly magazine on tax developments published by Tax Analysts. In that capacity, she has written over 250 articles on international tax policy developments and cross-border transactions and has also written extensively on U.S. tax reform efforts.  She is the author of the bestselling introduction to the field, International Taxation in a Nutshell, 12th ed. (West 2020). She is also of counsel at US headquartered law firm Potomac Law Group, where she specializes in advising clients on tax policy and provides tax advice on mergers & acquisitions. Previously, Ms. Herzfeld worked at the national tax office and the New York office of a Big 4 accounting firm, where she provided transactional advice to U.S. and foreign multinational corporations, private equity funds, venture capital funds and individuals on a broad range of U.S. and cross-border tax issues.  She began her career in the New York office of a global law firm and has also worked as in-house tax counsel at a large automotive manufacturing company. Ms. Herzfeld received her J.D. from Yale Law School and her LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center.

Christoph Spengel, Dr. Professor, University of Mannheim | Business School

Born 1964, Diploma in Business Economics (1990), Dr. rer. pol. (1995), Dr. rer. pol. habil. (2002), Professor for International Business Taxation at Mannheim University and Academic Director of Mannheim Master of Accounting & Taxation at Mannheim Business School. Member of the Scientific Council of the Federal Ministry of Finance, Director and Speaker of Leibniz ScientificCampus MannheimTaxation, Research Associate at Center for European Economic Research (ZEW), International Research Fellow at Oxford University, Saïd Business School. Appointed expert for taxation by the OECD, the European Commission and the IMF as well as by numerous German and foreign ministries. Expert for the German Federal Constitutional Court, the German Federal Parliament and the European Parliament.