Sarah Afker, Partner - Tax Services

Executive Summary

Sarah is the Partner – Tax Services of BDO Partners. She has extensive experience in the field of taxation including direct and indirect tax compliance, tax advisory, revenue authority assistance and handling tax appeals, tax planning and structuring for investments, mergers and acquisition, due diligences, research and development, transfer pricing, trade and customs taxes and advisory on exchange control regulations . Prior to joining BDO, she served at KPMG Sri Lanka. She has also served as Knowledge Manager for various local and international networks of the firm and has attended regional trainings on taxation in Asia Pacific, Middle East-South Asia and Europe.


Sarah is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (SL), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK), Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (UK) and a Chartered Global Management Accountant.


In addition to her specialism in the field of taxation, she obtained the Islamic Finance Qualification from the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (UK). She has been involved in various Islamic finance initiatives and was part of the team that made representations to the local regulatory authorities to create a level playing field for Islamic Finance instruments over its conventional counterparts; this effort led to the amendment of Tax Statutes. She won the “Rising Islamic Finance Personality of the year” silver award at the Islamic Finance Forum of South Asia in 2016.


Sarah interned at the United Nations Development Programme and has been part of a number of projects  of the United Nations Volunteers. She participated in the World Bank –IAB survey in 2009 as a Local Partner for Sri Lanka. Sarah is a blogger, writer and a visiting lecturer for the Islamic Finance Qualification. She has authored various Thought Leadership articles to local and international journals in the field of Islamic Finance and Taxation laws.


Areas of expertise

  • Tax compliance and advisory

  • Transfer Pricing

  • Due diligences

  • Investment advisory

  • Islamic Finance



  • ACA 

  • ACMA(UK)

  • CGMA
  • MCSI (UK)