Maarten Ellis 1941-2015
Prof. Mr. Maarten J.W.M. Ellis, former Secretary General of IFA, passed away on 11 May 2015 at the age of 73.
Maarten was an engaging and inspiring personality who joined IFA in 1974 and shared his great knowledge and experience within IFA as well as in numerous academic publications.
As Secretary General from 2002 to 2008 he was at the heart of the IFA organization and also enthusiastically supported the Young IFA Network for the young generations of IFA. He also was very interested in enhancing the use of ICT within IFA and in fact the development of IFA’s website and digitization of our Cahiers are primarily the result of his visionary ideas.
In addition to his work as tax practitioner he was appointed professor of international tax law at the Erasmus University Rotterdam in 1994; the title of his Liber Amicorum in honor of his retirement in 2005 - “A Tax Globalist” - is an excellent characterization of Maarten.
From 2007 to 2011 he was Member of the State Council of the Netherlands, a high office that obliged him to step down as Secretary General of IFA. Maarten received the Royal Decoration of Officer in the Order of Oranje-Nassau and was Honorary Member of IFA.
We are deeply indebted to him for his great and important contribution to the work and success of the IFA. All of us who had the privilege and pleasure of knowing him and working together with him will miss him as a dear friend. We will cherish the memory of him. Our thoughts are with his wife Hedi and his family.
Prof. Dr. Han A. Kogels