Alex Cobham

Director of Research at the international Tax Justice Network

Alex Cobham is a development economist and Director of Research at the international Tax Justice Network, and a visiting fellow at King’s College, London. Previously he was a research fellow at the Center for Global Development, and before that held posts at Christian Aid, Save the Children, and at Oxford (St Anne’s College and Queen Elizabeth House). Recent research includes analysis of the scale of global profit-shifting by US multinationals, and an assessment of the potential for the Sustainable Development Goals to challenge the relationships between power, inequality and what goes uncounted.

Alex’s work has mainly focused on issues of taxation, horizontal and vertical inequality, and illicit financial flows. He is a co-creator of both the Financial Secrecy Index (the leading global ‘tax haven’ ranking), and the Palma ratio of inequality.

He played a central role in the establishment of the first major development INGO campaign on tax justice at Christian Aid; and created the original proposal for what is now the leading international tax revenue database, the ICTD-WIDER GRD.

Alex is a trustee at ActionAid UK and the Citizens Income Trust, and a member of the advisory groups of the International Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation (ICRICT), the Pan-African Inequalities conference, the Fair Tax Mark, and the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE, Oxford).