I am an independent advisor on international taxation and the extractive industries.

My work is focused on issues of tax avoidance, and other forms of illicit financial flows, by multinational extractive companies in developing countries. I have authored and co-authored a range of policy reports and guidelines, including the first reference book for tax practitioners on transfer pricing in mining; and directly advised numerous developing country tax authorities, Parliamentary Committees, and regional assemblies, on strengthening legal frameworks against abusive transfer pricing in the mining sector. I have worked with a range of international organisations including the Natural Resource Governance Initiative, the German Agency for International Cooperation, the World Bank Group, the Minerals and Energy for Development Alliance, Open Oil, the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Metals and Sustainable Development, and the EITI Global Secretariat.

In 2016, I published the first detailed account of the challenges experienced by African tax authorities in applying transfer pricing rules to the mining sector: ‘Preventing Tax Base Erosion in Africa: a Regional Study of Transfer Pricing Challenges in the Mining Sector.’ The report is accompanied by detailed country case studies for Tanzania, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Ghana; the recommendations continue to inform local advocacy efforts.

I am really impressed by what Alexandra Readhead is doing. Her expertise and integrity are just what is needed to design and implement tax systems that raise proper revenues from resource extraction without killing the goose.
— Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Oxford University

I was previously Governance Advisor to the Chief of Staff to the President of Sierra Leone. I worked with the Government of Sierra Leone to prioritize and deliver the President’s legacy projects, including getting 500MW of power on the grid, providing free healthcare to pregnant women and children under five, and building roads to connect major cities. Before that I was a policy adviser to Save the Children UK on maternal and child health, specifically, how to finance health services for vulnerable groups. I have also held leadership roles with local NGOs in Australia and Ethiopia.

I have a Master of Public Policy (Distinction) from Oxford University, and a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) from Monash University.

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