He has regularly presented at conferences and seminars on both international and South African taxation and has been appointed as a national reporter for South Africa on several occasions. He holds a PhD from the University of Cape Town (2009) as well as a Master of Commerce in Accounting. Prof. West is a Chartered Accountant of South Africa as well as of Australia and New Zealand and Master Tax Practitioner in South Africa. He is a member of various research groups undertaking tax research on a variety of topics.
He was a postdoctoral researcher at IBFD (in 2016) and a visiting researcher at the Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law (WU, Vienna) (in 2015) and the Fiscal Institute for Taxation (UvT, Tilburg) (in 2013). He has delivered guest lectures at Tilburg University (Netherlands) and at Strathmore University (Kenya) and is an associate member of EATLP and a member of both IFA and IFA South Africa.