Dr Parthasarathi Shome is Chairman, International Tax Research and Analysis Foundation (ITRAF), Bengaluru, India, and Member of the Board, Comptroller & Auditor General (CAG), India. He was Chairman (Minister of State), Tax Administration Reforms Commission (TARC), Government of India (August 2013-February 2015), Adviser to the Indian Finance Minister (2013-14), Chairman, Expert Committee on General Anti-Avoidance Rules (GAAR), Government of India (July-October 2012), Chief Economist, HMRC, United Kingdom (2008-11), and Adviser (Secretary) to the Indian Finance Minister (2004-08). Received highest civilian honour of Brazilian Government, Commander of the Order of the Southern Cross, 2000, for contributions to Brazilian tax reform. Served at IMF (1983-2004) as first Senior Economist, Office of the Managing Director (1987-88), Chief of Tax Policy (1992-95), Director, IMF Singapore Institute (2001-03) and others. Provided technical assistance to over thirty countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. At American University, Washington D.C. (1975-83), rose to Professor. Ph.D., Southern Methodist University, Dallas (1975), Masters degrees, University of Rochester (1973) and Delhi School of Economics (1972).