The Team

John Christensen

John Christensen directs the Tax Justice Network. Trained as a forensic auditor and economist, he has worked in many countries around the world, including a period of working in offshore financial services with Touche Ross & Co. For 11 years he was economic adviser to the government of the British Channel Island of Jersey. In 2003 he became what the Guardian has described as “the unlikely figurehead of a worldwide campaign against tax avoidance.” His research on offshore finance has been widely published in books and academic journals, and John has taken part in many films, television documentaries and radio programmes.

Alex Cobham

Alex Cobham is an economist and director of research at the Tax Justice Network, and a visiting fellow at King's College, London. His work focuses on illicit financial flows, effective taxation for development, and inequality. He has been a researcher at Oxford University, Christian Aid, Save the Children, and the Center for Global Development, and has consulted widely, including for the Economic Commission for Africa, DFID, and the World Bank. At http://uncounted.org and @alexcobham.

 

Cathy Conzemius

Cathy Conzemius has recently completed a Bachelors degree in International Relations at the Humboldt University of Berlin, where her research focused on shadow banking and its devastating effects on the global economy. She has assisted in the compilation of the financial secrecy indicators and country reports for the 2015 Financial Secrecy Index and is now continuing her studies in economics and quantitative research.

 

Petr Janský

Petr Janský is an economist specialising in public finance and international and development economics. He works as an assistant professor at Charles University in Prague and a researcher at the Czech Academy of Sciences. He publishes his research findings in academic journals as well as advising policy makers. In his research on illicit financial flows' impact on lower-income countries, he has collaborated with international organisations such as the Center for Global Development, Oxfam and Christian Aid.

 

Lukas Galuszka

Lukas Galuszka provided research assistance with the estimation of the global scale weights of the FSI. He is an economist by training, based in the Czech Republic. He is currently studying for a Master's degree in Economics at Charles University in Prague.

 

Moran Harari

Moran Harari is a researcher for the Tax Justice Network (TJN), and is also the director of TJN Israel (TJN IL) which is based at the College of Law and Business in Ramat-Gan. Moran completed her LL.B at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and her LL.M in human rights law at University College London (UCL). She worked for several years as a tax lawyer in Tel Aviv, and has worked in the Corporate Social Responsibility field both in London and Israel.

 

Andres Knobel

Andres Knobel is an analyst for the Tax Justice Network (TJN). He studied Law at the University of Buenos Aires and was an exchange student at Columbia University in New York. He is currently studying for a Master's degree in Law and Economics at Di Tella University, focusing on tax law and public policy.

 

Markus Meinzer, lead researcher

Markus Meinzer is a senior analyst and director of the Tax Justice Network (TJN) and was the lead researcher on the FSI. He authored the book "Tax Haven Germany" ("Steueroase Deutschland"), published in 2015 at C.H. Beck, and is a member of the European Commission Expert Group on automatic exchange of financial account information. He studied development economics as a component of his political science degree at the Free University of Berlin, and was an exchange student at the University of Sussex (UK). At http://steuergerechtigkeit.blogspot.com and @markusmeinzer.

Nicholas Shaxson

Nicholas Shaxson is a journalist and writer on the staff of Tax Justice Network. He is author of the book Poisoned Wells about the oil industry in Africa, published in 2007, and the more recent Treasure Islands: Tax havens and the Men who Stole the World, published by Random House in January 2011. He lives in Berlin.

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We are grateful to the many people who have contributed to the development of this index and to the country-level input, particularly Sol Picciotto who first sketched out the idea in a meeting in Nairobi in 2007, and Richard Murphy who was instrumental in developing the first Financial Secrecy Index (2009).