A select group of future New Zealand tax policy leaders will discuss and debate global tax policy issues with the deputy director of the International Monetary Fund’s fiscal affairs department this week.
Michael Keen (pictured), as the 2014 Robin Oliver Tax Policy Scholarships visiting lecturer, will engage with 50 young tax professionals from the public and private sector at forums in Wellington today and Auckland on Wednesday.
The forum attendees have been selected by their employers as being potential leaders in the field of tax policy development.
Keen will also be a keynote speaker at a two-day conference in Wellington considering what tax administration in the 21st century will look like.
Keen was the head of the IMF’s tax policy and tax coordination divisions before becoming deputy director of the organisation’s fiscal affairs department.
With discussions on the need for international tax reform featuring so prominently at the G20, Keen’s visit to New Zealand is timely.
He will lead discussion and debate on a number of tax policy topics at the Wellington and Auckland forums, including:
• Changes in the global tax landscape in the last 30 years.
• Key tax issues in the next 10-20 years.
• Leading and influencing change through ideas and practice.
• Working with tax policy stakeholders to ensure the best policy outcomes.
• International tax career opportunities.
The Robin Oliver Tax Policy Scholarships were created by Tax Management NZ (TMNZ) and its founder/director Ian Kuperus.
The scholarships, which recognise Mr Oliver’s 30 years of public service leadership in tax policy, were established to inspire future tax policy leaders and support the continuation of leading tax policy thinking in New Zealand.
As part of that, the scholarships committee sponsor a leading international tax policy thinker to visit New Zealand to engage in debate and discussion, and sponsor a New Zealand tax professional to undertake research and study.
Professor Alan Auerbach of the University of California, Berkeley was the first visiting lecturer last year.
Carolyn Palmer, the inaugural scholarship recipient, is researching the tax policy response to natural disasters such as the Christchurch earthquakes and the Queensland floods.