Prof. Pasquale Pistone is the Academic Chairman of IBFD. He holds a Jean Monnet ad personam Chair in European Tax Law and Policy at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business (Austria) and is Associate Professor of Tax Law at the University of Salerno (Italy). His main fields of expertise are European and international tax law, in which he is regarded as a top academic expert in various parts of the world.
Over the past 15 years he has lectured extensively on issues of European and international tax law (at several universities in 12 EU countries, three further European countries and 13 non-European countries) and has reported at over 150 specialized tax conferences around the world. He has been invited to present his views in meetings organized by the European Commission, the European Court of Justice and the OECD. Prof. Pistone has been visiting professor of European and/or International Tax Law at various universities, including Florida (twice), Lisbon (three times), Louvain UCL, Melbourne (UM and Monash), Paris (I and II) and Sao Paulo. In his IBFD capacity he is a member of the Executive Board of the EATLP (European Association of Tax Law Professors) and of the Permanent Scientific Committee of the IFA (International Fiscal Association).
Prof. Pistone is the editor-in-chief of the World Tax Journal (IBFD), a fully peer-reviewed interdisciplinary international tax journal. He is also a member of the board of editors of Intertax (Kluwer), Diritto e Pratica Tributaria Internazionale (Cedam, Italy) and of the scientific board of several other specialized tax journals in Europe, Russia and South America.
He has participated in and directed several research projects. He was a founding member of the GREIT (Group for Research on European International Tax Law), of ILADT’s research project on a Model Tax Convention for Latin-America, of WU Vienna’s research project on International Tax Coordination (funded by the Austrian Science Fund) and of the DeSTaT project on global fiscal transparency and developing countries (funded by the Norwegian Research Council). He is also co-editor of IBFD’s Global Tax Treaty Commentary project.
Prof. Pistone is a member of the Junge Kurie (Young Academy) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences OeAW (since 2008), of the ECJ Task Force of the Confédération Fiscale Européenne (since 2008), honorary member of the Instituto Uruguayo de Estudios Tributarios (since 2007) and honorary member of the Malta Institute of Management (since 2011). Among other prizes and distinctions, he was presented with the EURYI Award of the ERF (European Science Foundation) in 2005.
Prof. Pistone works in seven European languages (Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch). He has published extensively on international and European tax law as (co-)editor of 26 books and author of two books and over 150 articles translated in ten languages around the world.
Frans Vanistendael has been a professor of Taxation since 1972 at the Law faculty of the K.U. Leuven, Belgium; director of the European Tax College since 2000; and he was a member of the Brussels bar from 1974 up to 2008. He is the Vice-Chairman of the European Association of Tax Law Professors as well as a member of the permanent scientific committee of the International Fiscal Association. He is also editor-in-chief of the World Tax Journal. He is the founding editor of the former ECJ Direct Tax Case Law online collection and the IBFD Tax Travel Companion series.
Prof. Vanistendael was the founder and first president of the European Law Faculties Association (1995-1997) and dean of the Law faculty at the K.U. Leuven (1999-2005). He was a visiting professor in Auckland, Sydney, Monash (Melbourne), Kansai (Osaka), Bologna and LUISS Rome. He was also adviser to several ministers of finance in Belgium; Royal Commissioner of Tax Reform (1987); Member of the High Council of Finance (1981-2000); Member of the Ruding Committee on Corporate Tax Harmonisation in the EU (1991-1992); and consultant with the OECD and the IMF on tax reform in Eastern-Europe, Central Asia and China, and with the European Commission. He has written more than 400 books and articles on a wide range of tax subjects. He recently retired from his position as Academic Chairman of IBFD.
Wim Wijnen is Counsel to the Academic Chairman of IBFD. He is also a teacher of International Tax Law at Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali in Rome, Italy; and a part-time judge of the Court of Appeal of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands. His previous experience includes: working as a tax inspector in the Dutch tax administration; heading the Bilateral Affairs Division of the International Fiscal Affairs Department of the Dutch Ministry of Finance and being employed at Loyens and Volkmaars in Rotterdam. Prior to his current positions, Mr Wijnen also worked as head of the IBFD research staff and, in that capacity, was also a member of the Board of Directors of IBFD. He is also editor-in-chief of the Tax Treaty Case Law Database. For his extensive contribution to the development of international tax law he has been appointed Officer of the Order of Oranje-Nassau. He is also one of the Executive Directors of the International Association of Tax Judges.
Joanna Wheeler is Senior Principal Associate at the IBFD Academic Department. Previously, she was editor of many different IBFD publications, and the founding editor of IBFD’s database on trusts. Ms Wheeler pioneered IBFD's programme of online courses; before that she designed a number of classroom courses and taught regularly in classroom courses for IBFD's International Tax Academy. She gives regular guest seminars for the universities of Cambridge, Leiden, London (Queen Mary College) and Neuchatel. Ms Wheeler was a member of the Research Subcommittee of the International Fiscal Association (IFA) for many years; and acted as general reporter for the IFA Congress held in Kyoto in 2007 on the topic “Conflicts in the Attribution of Income to a Person”. She has received her doctorate from the University of Amsterdam for her PhD thesis, under the supervision of Prof. Stef van Weeghel, on the attribution of income to a person for treaty purposes. Her thesis has been published by IBFD under the title "The Missing Keystone of Income Tax Treaties".