ADIT in the Cidade Maravilhosa

The Chair of the ADIT Committee, Jim Robertson, and CIOT staff members Rory Clarke and Rhiannon Pardoe, were delighted to exhibit ADIT at the 71st International Fiscal Association (IFA) Annual Congress in Brazil’s Marvelous City, Rio de Janeiro, from 27 to 31 August 2017.

The Congress marked ADIT’s first ever event exhibition in South America, and provided an ideal opportunity to showcase the recently launched ADIT Brazil module to more than 1,000 international tax leaders and professionals from across Brazil, South America and the world.

The ADIT exhibition stand has been a regular fixture at IFA events since we first exhibited at the 2010 Congress in Rome, and the latest event enabled us to meet again with ADIT stakeholders and supporters from around the globe who had travelled to Rio, as well as promoting the qualification to new audiences attending the Congress for the first time.

Alongside Jim Robertson, whose experience as a tax leader in industry enabled him to promote the virtues of the ADIT qualification from an employer’s perspective to senior business leaders attending the Congress, the ADIT stand hosted informal ‘meet and greet’ sessions with ADIT Academic Board members Jefferson VanderWolk and Prof. Richard Vann.

Some of Brazil’s leading international tax experts also dropped by our stand, including Chair of IFA Brazil, Gustavo Brigagão; Director of the Brazilian Institute of Tax Law and former administrative tax judge, João Francisco Bianco; Prof. Sergio André Rocha, Council Member of the Brazilian Institute of Tax Law (IBDT) and a professor at Rio de Janeiro State University; and Prof. Luís Eduardo Schoueri of the University of Sao Paulo and ADIT Academic Board, demonstrating the strong links between ADIT and institutions promoting the academic pursuit of international tax in Brazil. Similar relationships with academic organisations around the world are represented by the various ADIT tuition providers whose international tax courses are also promoted by our participation at IFA events, as such courses can be used as preparation by tax professionals who plan to sit the ADIT exams.

For those readers who attended IFA 2017 Rio, we hope you enjoyed both the Congress and the accompanying social programme. Next year’s Congress will take place in Seoul, Korea. We look forward to our continued interactions with IFA, to the success of the new ADIT Brazil option paper and to the continued promotion of the wider ADIT qualification. For more information about the new Brazil paper, please visit