Izzat-Begum B. Rajan
Head of Tax Practice and Senior Counsel
Izzat-Begum combines over two decades of experience in tax-efficient legal structuring and large tax disputes management. More broadly, she offers a unique blend of skills to handle Legal, Tax, and Financial matters as she built her career in multinationals in Europe (Cap Gemini, Loyens, Maersk at Group Tax Department for a number of years) and in Africa (Ernst & Young as Equity Partner for Francophone Africa). She also developed a strong knowledge of impact projects and social enterprises mainly gained at the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN, IPS) when based in Nairobi, Kenya.
In addition to providing taxation advice, Izzat also has significant experience in advising on corporate matters and disputes. She is a CEDR-Accredited Commercial Mediator and Negotiator She has developed expertise in diplomatic, commercial negotiations, and cross-border ADR/ODR. She has successfully resolved several large disputes through diplomatic means (for example in India, Nigeria, and Kenya). Since 2005, she has trained executives in ADR and ODR. From January 2022, Izzat-Begum will be a full member of the CEDR Faculty. She is regularly invited to share her views on technology and ADR at conferences.
As a result of her career, Izzat-Begum focuses essentially on the following industries: shipping, port operations, and related services; large infrastructure projects; energy and utilities; agro-industry; healthcare and pharmaceutical; AI and blockchain technology-related projects.
Izzat-Begum understands the concerns of any C-suite Executive – she has been a CFO and COO for large organizations operating in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa for five years – and finds solutions to overcome the challenges of operations in Africa in particular. She has been an expatriate for 18 years (based in the UK, Mali, Gabon, Denmark, Cameroon, the UAE, and lastly Kenya) before relocating back to Paris, France at the end of 2020.
Izzat-Begum holds a Master’s Degree in Business Law and Taxation from Pantheon-Assas University (Paris, France) and an LL.M. in Law of International Finance and Islamic Finance from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) of the University of London. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in International Tax Law at the University of Montpellier (France) where she is researching the Tax Framework(s) of Crypto Currencies and Assets.
Izzat-Begum is a member of the International Fiscal Association (IFA) as well as the Association of French Women in Tax (Association Francaise des Femmes Fiscalistes, A3F). She has also been appointed on the Executive Committee of the African Tax Lawyers Association (ATLA), as the Vice-President for Francophone Africa and focuses, amongst other matters, on connecting with and serving the interests of the African diaspora investing on the Continent.Download VCard