Speakers

Ali Noroozi

Ali Noroozi

Ali Noroozi has been the Inspector-General of Taxation since November 2008. He holds degrees in Engineering and Law, including a Masters of Law specialising in taxation.

Mr Noroozi  has 25 years of experience working in taxation, including working at leading international accounting and law firms in Australia and the United Kingdom.


Andrew Mills

Andrew Mills

Andrew Mills, CTA (Life) is the Second Commissioner, with overall responsibility for the ATO’s law practice, including law interpretation, dispute prevention and resolution and the ATO’s role in policy and law design. Andrew has more than 30 years of experience in taxation, including periods in the ATO, commerce and the tax profession.

Andrew was a Director at Greenwoods & Freehills for more than 20 years and managing director of the firm from 2006 to 2011. Andrew was President of The Tax Institute in 2006–2007 and is a former Governor of the Taxation Research Foundation. In practice , Andrew was an active participant and representative of a number of industry bodies.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Business, a Master of Laws and a Graduate Diploma in Tax Law. Andrew is a Chartered Taxation Adviser (Life), a member of the Australian Committee of the International Fiscal Association and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Karen Payne, CTA

Karen Payne

Karen Payne, CTA, was appointed as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Board of Taxation, effective 31 March 2016. She is also a Member of the Board of Taxation, appointed in May 2015. She chaired the Board’s working group that advised on the implementation of the OECD hybrid mismatch rules – both generally and specifically in relation to regulatory capital. Karen was a member of the Board of Taxation advisory panel and assisted with the reviews of tax arrangements for managed investment trusts, venture capital limited partnerships, collective investment vehicles , the investment manager regime and the arm’s-length debt test.

Karen was previously a Partner at Minter Ellison focusing on international and corporate taxes for the financial services industry, and mining, energy and utilities sectors. Karen has assisted domestic and international corporations and funds (equity, infrastructure, property, private equity and venture capital) with advice on structure, M&A and taxation due diligence.


Tony Pagone

The Hon. Tony Pagone

The Hon. Tony Pagone retired from the Federal Court of Australia where he had been the national co‑ordinating judge of the Taxation National Practice Area and has taken chambers to do arbitrations, mediations and advice.  Before his appointment to the Federal Court he was a judge of the trial division of the Supreme Court of Victoria and had been the judge in charge of the Commercial Court of that Court.

He graduated from Monash University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Laws and from Cambridge University with a Master of Laws in 1983.  In 2014 he was awarded an LLD from the University of Melbourne for his research and published work on anti‑tax avoidance provisions.  He was admitted in Victoria as a legal practitioner in 1980, signed the roll of counsel in 1985, and was appointed Queen’s Counsel for Victoria in 1996.  He practised widely in taxation law, commercial law, administrative law, constitution law, public and human rights law during his career at the Bar.  He was also Special Counsel to the Australian Taxation Office between 2002 and 2004.

He is a professorial fellow of the Melbourne Law School and lectures in several post-graduate courses at the Melbourne Law School and from time to time in the Law Faculty at Monash University.  He is a vice president of the International Association of Judges and had been on the board of the International Association of Tax Judges.


Prof. Therese Jefferson

Professor Therese Jefferson

Professor Therese Jefferson joined the ARC in February 2017 as Executive Director for Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences.

Prior to commencing at the ARC, Professor Jefferson was a Research Fellow at the Curtin University of Technology, within the Curtin Business School. In 2013 she was awarded the Curtin Business School Researcher of the Year. She was also a founding member and Co-Director of the Women in Social & Economic Research (WiSER) unit established in 1999 at Curtin University.

Professor Jefferson’s research expertise lies in the gendered aspects of employment, economic security and labour markets, with special interest in the economic well-being of people in later life and the use of mixed methodologies in economics.

During her career Professor Jefferson has been involved with a wide range of applied economic and social research that has been commissioned by industry and policy organisations, including undertaking research projects for the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, Fair Work Australia, Western Australian Health Department and Resources Industry Training Council.

Professor Jefferson’s research has been published in a range of national and international journals and other forums, including the Cambridge Journal of Economics, Australian Bulletin of Labour, Journal of Economic Psychology, Journal of Socio-Economics, Feminist Economics, Journal of Industrial Relations, Leadership, Journal of Economic Methodology, Economic Record, Review of Political Economy and Higher Education Research and Development. Until 2017 she was a member of the editorial board of Economic and Labour Relations Review.