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Participants 2022

Participants for the 2022 Summit 

The Summit welcomes public sector leaders from the world’s government Finance Ministries and Treasuries.

Evelyn Liivamägi

Deputy Secretary General for Financial and Tax Policy, Ministry of Finance, Estonia

Evelyn Liivamägi took up her post as Deputy Secretary General for Financial and Tax Policy at Ministry of Finance on 7. March 2022. She has extensive experience working in Estonian Tax and Customs Board, where she served as the Head of Tax Department (2011-2022), Head of Direct Taxes Unit (2004-2011), Internal Auditor (2001-2004). She has Master Degree from Academy Nord (now joined with Tallinn University) in 2000.

Märten Ross 

Advisor on International Relations, Ministry of Finance, Estonia

Märten Ross is Adviser on International Relations in the Ministry of Finance from beginning of 2022. He has been Deputy Secretary General for Financial Policy and External Relations in the Ministry of Finance (2013-2021), Adviser at the Bank of Finland (2011-2013) and Deputy Governor and Member of Monetary Policy Committee of Bank of Estonia (2000-2011). He has master’s degree on social sciences from Stockholm University (1993).

Veiko Tali

Deputy Governor, Eesti Pank and Former Secretary General, Ministry of Finance, Estonia

Veiko Tali is serving as Deputy Governor for Bank of Estonia from the beginning of 2021. Before that he was working in the Ministry of Finance for many years: as Secretary General (2011-2020), Deputy Secretary General for Financial and Tax Policies (2008-11); Deputy Secretary General for Financial Policy (2004-08); Head of the Department of Financial Services (Financial Policy) (2000-04); Head of the Department of Ownership Reform and Securities Market (1997-2000); and Head of the Department of Ownership Reform (1993-97).

Mr Tali joined the civil service from the Institute of Economics at the Estonian Academy of Science, where he was a Researcher. He graduated from the State University of Moscow’s Department of Economics in 1983.

Noureddine Bensouda

General Treasurer of the Kingdom, Morocco

Mr. Noureddine Bensouda is currently the General Treasurer of the kingdom of Morocco since April 2010. Prior to joining the General Treasury of kingdom, Mr. Noureddine Bensouda worked for eleven years as Director General at the General Tax Administration. Since 1993 he has been working as Deputy Director in charge of Central Control and Data Matching at the General Tax Administration and similarly he worked as professor at the National Administration School in Morocco ENA, from 1993 to 1998.

He started his career as The Chief Research Officer at the Cabinet of the Minister of Finance (1986); then he was named the head of the Cabinet of the Moroccan Minister of Economy and Finance (1991)

Noureddine Bensouda was appointed as The Chairman of United Nations Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters (2005 to 2009), and as such, a member of the Permanent Scientific Committee of the International Fiscal Association (IFA).

Mr. Noureddine Bensouda holds his PhD in public law from Mohammed V University, Rabat in 2005 as well as a PhD in Public Law from the University of Paris I, Pantheon Sorbonne in 2001. He got his Master in Public Law and a Diploma in Comparative Law in 1993.

Kevin Cunnington

Kevin Cunnington

Former Director General, Government Digital Service, United Kingdom and Expert Adviser, Global Government Forum

Before leaving government in 2012, Kevin served as the Director General of the International Government Service and Digital Envoy for the UK from August 2019. Prior to that, he was the Director General of the Government Digital Service from August 2016 to July 2019.

Kevin has led a variety of large scale, and global, digital transformation programmes. He spent his early career in programming and IT consultancy. More recently he was the Global Head of Online for Vodafone Group and Business Transformation Group Director General at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Christian Dahlhaus

Head of Division, German Recovery and Resilience Plan/ Task Force Covid-19, Federal Ministry of Finance, Germany

Christian is heading the division coordinating the implementation of the German Recovery and Resilience Plan in response to the EU’s Recovery and Resilience Facility as part of the NextGenerationEU programme. He is also heading the Ministry’s task force coordinating emergency support measures in response to the Covid-19 crisis, in particular the implementation of the crisis support programmes for German individual businesses and enterprises.

He previously headed the financial policy and fiscal affairs department at the German Embassy in Paris. At the German Federal Ministry of Finance he has been an adviser to the State Secretary for European and International Affairs and held several positions in the Fiscal Policy and European Departments. During the global financial crisis he was a senior adviser to the Executive Director for Germany at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He started his career as an adviser and project manager in the Directorate General for External Political Affairs at the European Commission in Brussels.

He obtained a B.A. (hons) in Economics with Development Studies and an M.A. in International Economics from the University of Sussex, UK.

Valentine Ion

Valentina Ion

Director Strategy Public Finance Industry, Microsoft

As Director of Government Public Finance Industry, Valentina is in charge of Microsoft sales and industry solutions strategy for this industry, enabling a strong organization that supports Governments embark on the Digital Transformation journey based on deep understanding of their industry, drivers and the critical line of business processes. She is also in charge of building and developing strategic partnerships with ICT, Advisory, Academia or International Organizations such as OECD, IOTA, WCO etc.

She has a diverse background in industry sales strategy and execution, partnerships management, marketing and product management as well a business operation and she holds a Master in Finances and Accounting. With more than 21 years’ experience in ICT and Business transformation Valentina is passionate about business re-engineering and digital transformation for better economy and society.

Līga Kļaviņa

Deputy State Secretary for Financial Policy, Ministry of Finance, Latvia

Līga Kļaviņa is a Deputy State Secretary in the Ministry of Finance of Latvia for financial markets and fiscal policy.

Līga joint to the Ministry of Finance almost 15 years ago and have experience in bank restructuring, financial sector development policy as well as international economic and financial issues.

She is a Board member from Latvia in the Nordic Investment Bank and member of the Supervisory Board in Latvia`s financial development institution ALTUM which implements state support programmes for energy efficiency.

John McCarthy

Chief Economist, Government of Ireland, Ireland

John McCarthy is an Assistant Secretary General and as Chief Economist has responsibility for the Economic Division .

He was previously a senior economist in the Department heading up the macro economic analysis unit. He is the deputy member of the Economic and Financial Committee and the chair of the Economic Policy Committee (EPC) output gap working group.

He is a member of the National Statistics Board and an adviser to the National Competitiveness Council. He is the Irish member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Economic Policy Committee. Prior to joining the Department, he was a senior economist in the Central Bank.

Mihai Calin Precup 

Cabinet Secretary of State, Ministry of Finance, Romania

Mr. Mihai Precup, with experience as a banker, was appointed Secretary of State at the Ministry of Finance. Former lecturer at the Sorbonne, worked for 6 years at the EIB and specializes in capital markets and monetary policy. Prime Minister, Mr. Nicolae Ciucă has appointed Mihai-Călin Precup as Secretary of State at the Ministry of Finance.

Mr. Precup was a lecturer at the Sorbonne University, worked for 6 years at the European Investment Bank (EIB), as well as at BNP Paribas.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Precup was Chief Operating Officer of the investment consulting firm Progressio Capital Partners.

Mr. Precup has experience as a banker in the fields of investment and development, especially because of the six years at the EIB. He was also a lecturer for five years, until 2018, at the University of the Panthéon-Sorbonne in Paris, where he taught courses on private funds, speculative bubbles, banking and financial crises, the Eurozone crisis and the ECB’s monetary policy.

He has a PhD from the Sorbonne University in capital investment. Mihai holds a BA in Finance at the Academy of Economic Studies and a Master as well as a PhD in Private Equity at University of Panthéon-Sorbonne Paris. He was working as an investment banker for some of the most prestigious institutions in France and globally. For several years, he served as the advisor to the Vice-President of a key European financial institution, focusing on Southeast Europe (Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, and FYROM). In this capacity, he has supported deals more than $10B to support infrastructure development and other key projects. He has extensive ties to the financial and business world at the EU-level and beyond and is passionate about Romania’s long-term development.

Mihai was nominated in Forbes 30 under 30 as a rising leader in the financial-banking sector.

João Boa Francisco Quipipa

Economist and Government Advisor, Angola

João Boa F. Quipipa, born on March 21, 1975, has been the Executive Director (CFO) of the Angolan telecommunications operator UNITEL, S.A.

Since August 2020, he has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors (PCA) of USPM – Unitel Serviços de Pagamentos Móveis (SU), SA, a non-bank financial institution (100% owned by UNITEL, SA) which since 23 August 2021 made mobile money available to the Angolan market.
He is also, under a suspended contract (for the exercise of functions in the private sector), a Public Servant for 25 years, Career Adviser to the Staff of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Angola.
Until December 2017, he was the President of the Support Fund for Agrarian Development (FADA), a Non-Banking Financial Institution, established in December 2016, after a restructuring process.

He was the Coordinator of the FADA Restructuring and Management Committee, November 2013-December 2016.
He performed the role of Secretary of State for the Treasury, April-September 2016.
He held the position of Director of the Office of Studies and International Relations (GERI) of the Ministry of Finance, May 2013-March 2016.
He was the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Sovereign Fund of Angola (FSDEA), September 2014-February 2018.
He was Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Sonangol-E.P., December 2013-September 2014.
Previously, he was a member of the SADC Review Team for Malawi and Lesotho under the SADC Macroeconomic Convergence Peer Review Mechanism (MEC), November 2014-March 2015.
He was also the Coordinator of the Implementation of a Loan Agreement with the African Development Bank (AfDB) related to the State Financial Management Support Project (PAGEF), 2014-2018.

Previous roles included:
• Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Public Sector Companies (ISEP);
• Provincial Delegate of Finance, Ministry of Finance, Province of Bengo;
• President of the Institute of Public Sector Companies (ISEP);
• Acting Secretary General of the Ministry of Economy;
• Director of National Studies and Market Analysis, State Secretariat for Public Sector Companies; and
• Director of Planning and Studies at the Angola Development Bank (BDA);
• Technician at the Support Center for the Implementation of the Capital Market and Stock Exchange in Angola;
• Senior Technician at the National Budget Directorate.

Until 2007 he taught Microeconomics at the Faculdade de Economia of the Universidade Lusíada de Angola and at the Núcleo de Economia do Huambo of the Faculdade de Economia of the Universidade Agostinho Neto. He also taught the Investment Analysis Course at the Lusíada de Angola and Agostinho Neto Universities.

Raúl Enrique Rigo 

Secretary of the National General Treasury, Ministry of the Economy,  Argentina

He has a degree in Economics from the University of Buenos Aires and a Master’s Degree in Government and Public Management in Latin America from the Barcelona School of Management of the University of Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, ​​Spain.

He has more than twenty years of experience in different areas of the national public sector in the areas of administration, budget and public finance. He served as Undersecretary of the National Budget from 2002 to 2017. He has also been an advisor on budget matters at provincial and legislative levels.

He is the founder and General Director of the Center for Fiscal and Budgetary Studies of the School of Economics and Business of the National University of San Martín.

He is the author of research and dissemination articles on Government Financial Administration in Argentina and in the region.

Dr Markus Sovala

Director General, Tilastokeskus – Statistics Finland and Vice President, Board of Directors, Finland

Dr. Markus Sovala is Director General of Statistics Finland from March 2021. His 5-year-term extends until 2026.

Previously he has held several senior civil servant positions in the Ministry of Finance, including Economic Policy Coordinator, Director General of the Economics Department as well as Deputy Budget Head. He has also acted as a Prime Minister’s Economic Policy Advisor and Finland’s representative at World Bank.
Dr. Sovala is also Vice President of the Board of Directors of DigiFinland Ltd and has led several Government ICT projects at a strategic level. Between 2016-2021, he led a project aiming at establishing a semi-autonomous region around the City of Helsinki.

Mr. Sovala is a Doctor in Economics (University of Helsinki) and his expertise covers various fields and levels of government including statistics, ICT, Data and Information Policy, budgeting, economic policy and forecasting, development, international relations, monetary union, industrial and structural policies, entrepreneurship, health, social services, public administration reforms, social security, labor market, and incentives.

Dr. Sovala is a seasoned manager and has strong leadership skills. He has a high motivation to serve society and the international community. He values honesty, high professional standards, and strong moral values. He believes strongly in openness, transparency, and trust – delegation of responsibility works.

 

HE Yeth Vinel

Under-Secretary of State, General Secretariat of PFMRP, Ministry of Economy and Finance and DSG, Cambodia

HE Yeth Vinel  is an Under-Secretary of State of Ministry of Economy and Finance and Deputy Secretary General of Public Financial Management Reform Steering Committee (GSC) in charge of Administration Finance and M&E Division. Meanwhile, Yeth Vinel serves as an adviser to the Supreme National Economic Council (SNEC) with rank equal to Secretary of State.

Haji Ibsa Gendo

Director General, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Ethiopia

Biography to be updated shortly

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