EY Young Tax Professional of the Year
EY Young Tax Professional of the Year is an international competition designed to reward and foster the next generation of tax leaders.
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Future tax leaders from 17 countries competed at the global final in Amsterdam
Winner to embark on a 30-day global tour of EY member firms
The Netherlands finalist Jelle Kanters has been awarded this year’s EY Young Tax Professional of the Year title at the global final held in Amsterdam. Jelle was picked from among the 17 country winners vying for the title. Jelle will now gain hands-on experience at EY member firms’ offices in London, New York and Singapore as part of a 30-day global tour and will have the opportunity to network with some of the world’s leading tax professionals.
Russia representative Alina Ivanova took second prize, a 10-day visit to one of the EY Area Tax Centers, while Joyeeta Bhakta of Oceania was awarded third prize, an invitation to participate in an EY international client conference where she will have the opportunity to explore the most pertinent issues facing the global business community. The Inclusive Leadership Award went to Borja Rosel Ruiz de Gaona from Spain, voted for by his peers for demonstrating exemplary inclusive leadership skills during the competition.
Jennifer Wishnie, Young Tax Professional of the Year sponsor and EY Global Tax Talent Leader, says:
“The tax environment is constantly transforming to reflect legislative, regulatory and technological changes. Now more than ever, Tax is taking a seat at the global table, traversing borders to highlight the power in international, multilateral thinking and decision-making. Reflecting this landscape, the competition places a strategic emphasis on digital readiness and innovation.”
Young Tax Professional of the Year was established by EY in 2010 to reward and foster the next generation of tax leaders. All competitors are selected by EY member firms in collaboration with local universities, and finalists hold their respective home country titles.
This year included candidates from the 17 represented countries to participate in technical workshops, case studies and interviews before a judging panel, which included EY leaders, academics and tax directors from major multinational companies.
Wishnie says: “Each year I am thoroughly impressed with the poise, creativity, determination and knowledge of all participants. Through the competition, the next generation of leaders is advancing their capabilities in in tax technical knowledge, technology skills and transformative leadership to become trusted business advisors.”
The local competition
This is the opportunity to take your career further, faster.
Do you want to see the business world in global terms? Do you want to learn to work with people from around the world and learn how business is done in different cultures? All of this while learning new skills that are expected of tomorrow's leaders?
This is what the Young Tax Professional of the Year competition is all about
The first phase of the competition takes place in your local country where you study.
During the first round we will challenge your technical abilities and wider commercial strengths — do well here against some of the best minds in your country and you will become a country finalist. As a country finalist, you will represent your country at the Young Tax Professional of the Year international final.
The international final
The Young Tax Professional of the Year 2019 competition will take place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in November. During the four-day international final, the successful country finalists will work closely with people from other cultures and backgrounds.
Participants will be challenged with case studies and interviews before experienced judges. The finalists will be invited to a prestigious awards ceremony where — after a final review of performance throughout the competition — the three winners of the Young Tax Professional of the Year will be announced.
Inclusive Leadership Award
The Inclusive Leadership Award is one of four awards presented by EY as part of the Young Tax Professional of the Year program. The award recognizes those who understand the value of difference as a driver of performance, embrace a collaborative leadership style; and find ways to support difference.