The International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD) Center has recently awarded to Birhanu Tadesse Daba the foundation's very first Center for Studies in African Taxation (CSAT) scholarship. CSAT, which is based in Amsterdam in The Netherlands, is an autonomous think-tank dedicated to the development and study of African taxation, making it an important and integral part of the IBFD. CSAT chooses recipients of the scholarship based on those showing the most promise.
Mr. Daba is of Ethiopian origin and is a holder of an LLB from Addis Ababa University and an LLM in International Law from the Ethiopian Civil Service University. The CSAT funding will allow him to get full scholarship to undertake the Advanced LLM in International Tax Law offered in partnership by the University of Amsterdam and the IBFD, the world’s foremost authority on cross-border taxation.
The LLM program is a one-year, full-time Master of Laws program to be taken on-campus in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Upon completion of the LLM degree, Mr. Daba will be offered a 6-month internship at the headquarters of IBFD also in Amsterdam. During his internship, he will be working, and thus continue learning, with the core team of IBFD comprising of almost 200 experts from more than 40 countries.
Prior to receiving the CSAT scholarship, Mr. Daba works a Coordinator, Tax Policy Directorate and Team Leader at the Ethiopian Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation. His experience, background education, his current LLM degree and his internship at IBFD places him in a good position to create an impact in Ethiopia's tax policy.
Eligible candidates should now begin preparing applications for the next CSAT scholarship, which will be awarded in September 2018.