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Participants 2024

Participants of the 2024 Summit 

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

John Hogan

Secretary General, Department of Finance, Ireland

John has held a number of positions in the Department throughout his career. He was previously Assistant Secretary General with responsibility for Tax policy and prior to that for Banking Policy in the Financial Services Division of the Department.

He has worked as Financial Services Counsellor in the Permanent Representation of Ireland to the European Union and has held posts in a number of Government Departments.

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.

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.

Cath Patterson

Deputy Secretary, Budget Group, Australian Federal Government Department of Finance


João Boa Francisco Quipipa

Economist and Government Advisor, Chairman of Executive Board Member of UNICANDA (SU) S.A., Angola

João Boa Francisco Quipipa is public servant, career Advisor at Ministry of Finance from December 1996, today, since 2020, keep the position as Chairman of Executive Board Member of UNICANDA (SU) S.A., the agribusiness company 100% owned by UNITEL, S.A. 

He was previously, from 19th of March of 2019 to May 2022 the Executive Board Member of UNITEL, S.A., the telecommunication company leader in Angola market, where Angolan State has interests (50% directly and 50% trough MS Telecom who its owned by public oil company Sonangol, E.P.)

From December 2016 to December 2017 the Chairman of Support Fund for Agrarian Development (FADA). From April to September 2016 he was the State Secretary for Treasury of Republic of Angola. From May 2013 to March 2016 he was the Head of the International Relations Cabinet (GERI) at the Ministry of Finance of Angola. From December 2013 to September 2014 he was the President of the Fiscal Council of SONANGOL, E.P. and from September 2014 to February 2018 he was the President of the Fiscal Council of Sovereign Wealth Fund of Angola (FSDEA).

He was member of the SADC Review Team for Malawi and Lesotho, under the SADC Macroeconomic Convergence (MEC) Peer Review Mechanism. João Quipipa also coordinated the Implementation of a Loan Agreement related to the Project PAGEF with the AfDB.

Previous roles have included: Chairman of the Council of Administration of Institute for Public Sector Enterprises (ISEP); Chief of Finance of Bengo Province as representant of the Minister of Finance; and Director of Planning and Studies of the Development Bank of Angola (BDA).

Tómas Brynjólfsson

Deputy Permanent Secretary and Director of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, Iceland

Tómas Brynjólfsson is Deputy Permanent Secretary and Director of Economic Affairs at the Icelandic Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs. He has been advising the Government on economic and fiscal policy since late 2008 and represents Iceland in various international fora, including the OECD’s Economic Policy Committee.   

Tómas has previously served as interim Permanent Secretary, Chairman of the Board of SL Pension Fund, Vice Chair of the Icelandic Financial Supervisory Authority and Director at the EFTA Secretariat. 

Declan Costello

Deputy Director-General, Directorate-General “Economic and Financial Affairs” (DG ECFIN), European Commission

Declan Costello was born in Galway, Ireland in 1967.

He has a Degree in Economics from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters’ Degree from the College of Europe in Bruges.

He joined the European Commission in 1991 and has worked since then in the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs.

From May 2014, he has been the European Commission’s Mission Chief for Greece.

Since 2019, he is the Deputy Director General in DG ECFIN.  He is currently responsible for supervising the work of DG ECFIN’s country desks, including the design and implementation of the Recovery and Resilience plans.

Mihai Cuza

Public Manager, ECOFIN and Financial Assistance General Directorate, Ministry of Finance, Romania

After an extensive experience in the private sector, in the commercial field and in the media, he joined the European Affairs team in the Ministry of Finance in 2008. During his 16 years of experience in the Ministry, he assisted and contributed to most of the reforms produced as a result of the accession Romania to the European Union. He was actively involved both in the preparation of Romania’s participation in the Ecofin Council and in the preparatory working groups, as well as in the implementation of projects financed by European or Swiss grants.
He holds an MBA in public service, specializing in public finance management, from the University of Birmingham.

Sarah Glavey

Head, Public Service Transformation Policy, Department of Public Expenditure, National Development Plan Delivery and Reform, Ireland

Sarah Glavey is Head of Public Service Transformation Policy at the Department of Public Expenditure, National Development Plan Delivery and Reform, Ireland. Prior to joining DPENDR in 2023, Sarah spent six years leading health service reform at the Department of Health, Ireland, and ten years working across the international development sector; in academia, non governmental organisations and international organisations including the World Bank. Sarah holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government as well as a MSc Occupational Psychology, and BA Psychology.  

Nancy Headley

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Economic Affairs and Investment, Barbados

Nancy Headley is the Permanent Secretary responsible for Finance in the Ministry of Finance, Economic Affairs and Investment in Barbados.

She joined the staff of the Ministry of Finance in 2001 and worked as Chief Budget Analyst and Deputy Permanent Secretary before being appointed to the post of Permanent Secretary in 2017.

Nancy is a career public servant, having joined the service in 1993, first working as a Research Officer and then Finance Officer at the National Insurance Scheme.

Nancy is a Fellow of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics and Accounting from the University of the West Indies and a Masters in Accounting and Finance from the University of Lancaster.

Cristian Ianusi

Advisor to the Secretary of State, Ministry of Public Finance, Romania

Cristian is advisor to the Secretary of State in the Ministry of Finance, Romania. In the past he studied Accounting and Management Informatics and did an internship at the Bucharest City Hall. He is currently a master student at the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, International Master of Business Administration profile.

Nabeel Irshad

Vice President, Government & Public Sector Business Development, Mastercard UK & Ireland

Nabeel leads Mastercard’s public sector business in the UK and Ireland. He works closely with a wide range of banks, payments companies and industry partners to champion the use of technology to facilitate more effective payments in the public sector and leverage payments data to enhance policy development and evaluation.    

Before Mastercard, Nabeel spent five years working at Metro Bank, one of the UK’s first challenger banks. There, he worked in both the products and finance teams to build propositions, develop business change cases and procure new services. Earlier in his career, Nabeel worked as a management consultant leading projects across Europe, the Middle East and N. America and prior to that, he was a senior political adviser and journalist at the BBC.

Ruth Kennedy

Revenue Commissioner, Ireland

Ruth Kennedy is a Revenue Commissioner and a member of the Revenue Board. Five divisions report directly to Commissioner Kennedy, namely Personal Division, Business Division, Collector General’s Division, Accountant General’s and Strategic Planning Division, and Information & Communications Technology and Logistics Division. She was appointed as Revenue Commissioner in 2022. Prior to her appointment, Ruth held various senior management positions in Revenue, including Assistant Secretary of Personal Division and Project Manager for PAYE Modernisation.

Ruth joined Revenue in 2012 from Accenture where she was a senior manager in the Revenue and Customs Client Service Group.

Kwa Chin Lum

Director (Fiscal Policy), Ministry of Finance, Singapore

Prior to this, he was Special Assistant to Senior Minister. He served as Director of Policy Development and Security at the Ministry of Home Affairs, responsible for various policy areas related to public safety and security, as well as Head of the Centre for Strategic Futures and Deputy Director of the Strategic Policy Office, where he was involved with foresight work and strategic planning in the Public Service.  He has also worked in the then-Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports overseeing the development of the social services sector, and in an earlier stint with the Ministry of Finance handling issues related to investments and Singapore’s fiscal reserves.

Chin Lum completed his MBA at the MIT Sloan Fellows Program in Innovation and Global Leadership.  He graduated from Stanford University with degrees in Civil & Environmental Engineering and Economics, as well as a Master’s in Financial Mathematics.

Marine Khurtsidze

Head of Tax and Customs Policy Department, Ministry of Finance, Georgia

Ms. Marine Khurtsidze is the Head of Tax and Customs Policy Department at the Ministry of Finance of Georgia since 2021. She is in charge of formation of tax and customs policy, including international tax policy of Georgia.

Since March 2024, she is an Elected Member of the Steering Group of the OECD/G20 Inclusive framework on BEPS.

Since November 19, 2020 Ms. Khurtsidze is an Elected Chair of the Conference of the Parties to the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (MLI) at OECD. Since 2019 she is a principal delegate of behalf of Georgia at Task Force on Digital Economy (TFDE) at the OECD.

Since 2016 she has been supervising of the implementation of four minimum standards of Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Project (OECD) in Georgia and has been country representative at the OECD to the following groups: WP 1 and ad-hoc group on the development of Multinational Instrument, Forum of Harmful Tax Practice and at the Bureau of this Forum, FTA MAP Forum and Steering Group of this Forum, Joint WP 6 – WP 10 Group on Country-by-Country Reporting and WP 2 on Tax Policy Analysis and Tax Statistics.

Sara Ramos Fernandez

Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State, Ministry of Finance, Spain

Ms.  Sara Ramos is since 2017 senior advisor to the Secretary State for Finance She has worked for several governments in a technical position, performing a wide variety of tasks, ranging from participating in the elaboration of the General Budget, the European Semester or the dialogue with the European Commission, IMF and rating agencies.

Before joining the Ministry of Finance, Ms. Sara Ramos worked at the Ministry of Economy in various positions. At the Treasury in Strategic Analysis and International Financial System division being the Spanish representative of the G20 Green Finance Working Group (GFWG) and in the Directorate General of Macroeconomic Analysis and International Economy. 

She has also worked in the private sector as a lawyer and as a consultant.

Ms. Sara Ramos is a Commercial Technician and State Economist. She holds a double degree in Law and Business Administration.

Simon Wright-Lakin

Vice President, Public Sector Europe, Solutions and Outreach, Mastercard

Simon operates in the European team, with a focus on working with a wide range of partners to support the digitalisation of government flows and other public sector services. Areas of focus could include the disbursement of funds to citizens and businesses, the payments of fees to governments, and optimising procurement expenditure. In addition supporting governments with Tourism, SME and Cyber security strategies.

Simon has a long career within Mastercard, working in operational, product and business development positions, across multiple markets and geographies.

Fatima Yousif Alnaqbi

Acting Assistant Undersecretary for Support Services Sector and Chief Innovation Officer, Ministry of Finance, United Arab Emirates

Fatima Yousif Alnaqbi is the Acting Assistant Undersecretary for Support Services Sector and Chief Innovation Officer at the UAE Ministry of Finance. In her role, she oversees all support services required at the ministry, such as Human Resources (HR), Information Technology (IT), legal affairs and administrative and financial affairs, contributing to the digitalisation and optimisation of services and processes.

Throughout her tenure at the ministry, Fatima has led the ministry’s efforts in the utilisation of advanced technologies, such as AI and data analytics, to further develop services across touch points, resulting in enhancing customer experience. Her contributions were recognised, and she attained the Minister of Finance Award for Institutional Excellence.

Fatima Alnaqbi holds a Bachelor Degree of Science in Management Information Systems and an Executive Master’s in Business Administration, both from the University of Sharjah. She also attained a Public Sector Innovation Diploma from the University of Cambridge in the UK, and a Government Performance Diploma from the University of Melbourne in Australia.

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