ILA Directors' Day
Happily married since more than 30 years - Happy father of two kids " Happiness as a parent is when you realize that your children have turned out to be good people! "
Deeply convinced that to meet our sustainability and impact goals:
• we all have a role to play as entrepreneurs, companies, associations, politics, individuals
• and we not only need gender but also generational, competency, cultural background etc... diversity, or even better complementarity, at all levels.
At the initiative and to the benefit not only of women but also companies and above all future generations.
Deeply inspired by quotes like:
• " I always wondered why somebody had not fixed the problem yet, until I realized I am somebody ! " – unknown
• " If ever you think you are too small to make a difference, you have not spent the night with a mosquito yet ! " - african proverb
• " It is not about ideas but about making ideas happen ! " - unkown
Serial Entrepreneur, Visionary and ICT “Guru”
Xavier Buck has been an Internet Entrepreneur since 1996. He founded Datacenter Luxembourg SA (www.datacenter.eu) in 2000, which became a leading hosting company in Europe, to be followed two years later by EuroDNS, one of the leading global Internet Registrar Groups.
A firm believer in the accessibility of Domain Names for everyone, Xavier greatly influenced the opening and simplified availability of all country code domain names throughout Europe. Today, EuroDNS Group covers worldwide domain extensions, and the group acquired a few international registrars, like DotRoll, Entorno and DomainCentral. Additional strategic investments into companies like DomainTools.com, eBrandServices and Openregistry have contributed to position EuroDNS as a global player in the domain industry.
Having gained experience in building companies from scratch, Xavier has decided to help talented teams and individuals with knowledge, networking and funds. For example, he invested in niche Internet start-ups like Georanker.com, Oneall.com, SCX.ch and fast growing ones such as Doctena.com and Mega.nz. Moving more and more away from “executive” positions in the companies he created, Xavier recently joined the Board of known VCs as Groupe HLD, One RagTime and CDCL.
Luxembourgish born and fluent in English, German and French, Xavier has successfully built an international profile by participating in numerous industry forums and advisory groups. Xavier has also become a key player within the ICT industry in Luxembourg, which has emerged as a strong and strategic ICT hub in Europe. Since 2014 Xavier Buck is the president of the ICT Cluster Luxembourg.
Fanny is a Director in the International and Corporate Tax department at ATOZ.
A tax professional since 2011, Fanny worked in the accounting sector for 2 years with a Big4 in France before focusing on international tax in Luxembourg. Fanny has experience in relation to the structuring of Alternative Investments via Luxembourg (private equity, real estate, infrastructure, etc.) as well as mergers & acquisitions (multinational groups). She also provides tax advisory services to clients in the Luxembourg banking area with a particular focus on the treatment of transactions under Luxembourg GAAP and IFRS.
Fanny is a member of the Core Transfer Pricing Team of ATOZ that develops new transfer pricing services and deals with complex, non-standard transfer pricing engagements. She further advises on the new reporting obligations of tax intermediaries under the mandatory disclosure regime (DAC 6).
Fanny holds a post-graduate degree in Luxembourg Tax. She holds a Master’s degree in Accounting (French GAAP, IFRS), Finance and Management as well as a Master’s degree in Business and Tax Law from the University of Strasbourg (France).
HOOR Oliver R.
Oliver is a Partner in the International and Corporate Tax Department of ATOZ.
A tax professional since 2003, Oliver has experience in Luxembourg and international taxation with a focus on alternative Investments (private equity, real estate, sovereign wealth funds, hedge funds), mergers & acquisitions and multinational groups. Oliver advises clients on all direct tax aspects regarding deal structuring, maintenance, reorganisations and exit planning.
He is Head of Transfer Pricing and the German Desk. Oliver is further a member of the tax working groups of the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI) and the Luxembourg Private Equity Association (LPEA).
Oliver is the author of more than 250 articles and books on Luxembourg and international taxation including Transfer Pricing and related documentation requirements, the OECD Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (“BEPS”) Project and the EU Anti-Tax Avoidance Directives (ATAD 1 & 2), reporting obligations of tax intermediaries (DAC 6), the OECD Model Tax Convention and Tax Treaties, EU Law and the State Aid investigations of the EU Commission. He is also a regular speaker at conferences and a lecturer with House of Training and Legitech.
Oliver is qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Luxembourg (“Expert-Comptable”) as well as a certified German tax adviser (“Steuerberater”). He holds a post-graduate degree in Luxembourg Tax and a degree in Business Administration with a major in Tax from the University of Applied Sciences of Trier (Germany).
Dr Ravi FERNANDO is an Alumni of the University of Cambridge having completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business in 2008 and a Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership in 2014. He holds a Doctor of Business Administration Degree from the European Business School in Switzerland 2016. At the INSEAD Business School (France) he completed both a Diploma in International Management and the Advanced Management Program. He was an Executive in Residence at INSEAD from 2010 to 2019. In 2018, he created the ‘ILA Future Directors’ program for the Institute of Directors of Luxembourg as its Core Faculty resource, which set the foundation for the INSEAD Aspiring Director Program in 2019 as a Visiting Lecturer.
In 2010 he received a US Copyright for his work at Cambridge University for the concept of ‘Strategic Corporate Sustainability’©. In November 2015, he published ‘Strategic Corporate Sustainability – 7 Imperatives for Sustainable business’ (Partridge), based on his work at Cambridge University. In April 2020, he created the ‘21st Century Board Leadership Model’© for another US Copyright.
He is the Chairman/CEO of Global Strategic Corporate Sustainability Pvt.Ltd, which operates in Europe, Vietnam and Sri Lanka. His career with Multi-nationals spanned 1981-2007 with Unilever, Smithkline Beecham International covering Africa, Middle East and Asia in CEO/Business Development positions. He was the first CEO of the Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology 2008-2011 & Operations Director of the Malaysia Blue Ocean Strategy Institute 2011-2016. He was the UN Global Compact Focal point 2007-2011 and serves on the Board. He also serves on the Boards of MNC’s LOLC, Aitken Spence Plantations, Habitat for Humanity and Ceylon Asset Management.
In September 2007 he won “Global Strategy Leadership award”, presented to him by Professor Renee Mauborgne of INSEAD at the World Strategy summit in Mumbai. In February 2020, he won the ‘World CSR Leadership award’.