June 30, 2016


Young IFA Network (YIN)

The Young IFA Network continues to grow. In 2015 the YIN Committee has taken new initiatives to enhance the participation of YIN members in various IFA activities and to expand the reach of YIN amongst young professionals at various Branch levels. At the Mumbai meeting of the Executive Committee in October 2014, the Chair of the YIN Committee, Kristine Ilstad, presented a summary of all YIN activities and the plans for the future. These include further strengthening the YIN communication infrastructure and establishing a good network amongst the YIN Representatives. With thanks to the past and present YIN Committee, YIN is growing in size as well as in activities. IFA’s Executive Committee is very pleased with this development and wishes to encourage the participation of young international tax practitioners and academics in IFA worldwide.

The use of information and communication technology

The YIN website has been integrated into the IFA website in order to facilitate access to relevant information about the YIN organization and world-wide activities, the YIN Awards and YIN Contact Persons at both central and local level. By logging into the website you can access recorded YIN webinars covering various topics related to international tax and more. The YIN facebook page,Young IFA Network – YIN – Official has been launched to provide you with information on YIN events as well.

YIN at the Annual IFA Congress

At the 2015 Basel Congress again several YIN events have been taken place: the traditional Meet & Greet reception for YIN Members and IFA Members attending their first Congress; a very interesting YIN Seminar featuring the winning theses of the Mitchell B. Carroll and Maurice Lauré Prizes 2015 and a moot court; a special meeting for the YIN Representatives of each IFA Branch; the YIN Fun Run and a dynamic YIN party on the Wednesday evening.

YIN in the Branches

The number of Branches that have successfully launched YIN programmes is growing steadily. Initiatives to organize low-threshold scientific meetings in many countries have proven to be successful in attracting young tax professionals to IFA. The Branches play a significant role in this undertaking, and we call upon Branches who have not yet organized YIN programmes to appoint a YIN Representative and to become active as well. A growing Young IFA Network is essential for IFA’s future!

YIN Committee
  • Sanjay Iyer (Hong Kong) – Chair
  • Michael Kandev (Canada) – PSC
  • Bruno Lyra (Brazil) – Secretary
  • Bastian Ruge (Germany)
  • Andrés González Becerra (Colombia)
  • Caitlyn Jacobs (USA)
  • Christina Tokareva (Russia)
  • Dhaval Sanghavi (India)
  • Domingo Jimenez-Valladolid (Spain)
  • Jose Pizarro (Mexico)
  • Maikel Evers (Netherlands)