Alfred Akibo-Betts is a Tax Expert and Chartered Accountant who has worked in senior executive roles for over a decade. As a senior executive and professional he has developed skills in strategic planning, change management, team leadership, organisational management, project management amongst others to produce results. Although Alfred has worked most of his professional life in the public sector, he has been involved in various business projects in the real estate, retailing, energy and information technology sectors. All this he has done by being an inspirational leader who has used motivational skills in moving change and leading projects in tax administration and the business environment.
Currently, as Deputy Commissioner in the Domestic Tax Department of the National Revenue Authority (NRA), the tax authority in Sierra Leone, he takes the lead in business strategy for the administration and collection of Income Taxes, Goods & Services Tax (GST) and Excise Duty. Alfred’s first task in this role was to lead the successful implementation of Domestic Tax Department Project. In his current role, he also manages over 150 staff and oversees aspects of human resource development and performance appraisal for them. He has also been in charge of Sierra Leone’s Paying Taxes Indicator under the World Bank Doing Business Ranking since 2014. During that time, he has overseen Sierra Leone’s improvement in this ranking from 124th in 2014 to 87th in 2017 by championing reforms that make it easier for businesses to pay taxes.
He has worked at the NRA for over thirteen (13) years, eleven (11) of which have been in senior management positions. During this time, he has been involved in the preparation and implementation of various strategic and operational plans; and the NRAs Modernization Program with successful implemented projects such as Goods and Services Tax Implementation, Taxpayer Identification Number and ASYCUDA Projects.
As Assistant Commissioner for Goods and Services Tax, Alfred undertook his biggest professional achievement by leading the implementation of Goods and Services Tax in Sierra Leone. As the Project Manager, he took the lead in collaborating with the business community and government; the nationwide registration and publicity campaign; and implementing the information system for GST. At present, GST yields the second largest revenue for government.
Alfred is also a trained International Monetary Fund (IMF) Trainer on the Tax Administration Diagnostic Assessment Tool (TADAT); and he has trained tax administration staff in Sierra Leone and internationally. Alfred is also a Short Term Tax Expert for the Fiscal Affairs Department (FAD) of the IMF undertaking IMF Missions internationally.
Alfred got his business acumen from a very young age, as he worked during school holidays in his family’s business, Universal Services, a building material wholesale and retail business. During that time, he was engaged in various roles such as payroll and petty cash management; fleet management; and managing foremen, drivers and shop clerks.
Since University, Alfred took over the family business and transformed it by expanding to other areas such as real estate development, procurement and logistics, serving major companies nationwide. Alfred believes in Sierra Leonean entrepreneurship and this has led him to partner with other Sierra Leoneans to form businesses in the real estate, energy, infrastructure and information technology sectors. His belief in Sierra Leonean entrepreneurship and human development is what led Alfred to partner with Christine Sesay and Violet Asgill to form the Freetown Business School.
Alfred holds a Bachelor Honours Degree in Accounting and Finance from Fourah Bay College of the University of Sierra Leone and also a Master of Philosophy Degree in Taxation from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Professionally, he is a Fellow of both the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) in the United Kingdom and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Sierra Leone (FCASL).
Alfred has a deep passion for charity work and education for children. He is a trustee for his family’s foundation, the Akibo-Betts Foundation which has undertaken charitable work in the areas of education, health and the environment; and also for his daughter Gisele’s charity, Help for Homes, that helps disadvantaged children. Alfred has also taken a keen interest in slum areas and have since 2014 supported the Kroo Bay Community Primary School through renovation of the school on several occasions after floods and donating books to the students through a book drive from Sierra Leoneans in the diaspora.