Thomas Doe Nah
Commissioner General (CG) / CEO
Mr. Thomas Doe Nah is an experienced civil society actor and financial sector professional that has worked and advocated for improved governance systems in post-conflict Liberia. He has over twenty-five years of experience in banking, non-governmental sector management and is an avid promoter of technology as a means of getting things done.
Mr. Nah has been a promoter of good governance and access to information in public service through his work as Program Lead at the Carter Center, and Executive Director of the Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL), which he co-founded and is now the National Chapter of Transparency International (TI).
He has worked in the Economic and Commercial Section at the United States Embassy in Monrovia and in that role contributed to the resuscitation of economic governance structures and institutions in post-war Liberia. He was actively involved with the impactive work of the multi-partner governance initiative – Governance Economic Management Assistance Program (GEMAP) and the establishment of the Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (LEITI), which emphasized the necessity of a transparent and accountable regime in natural resource exploitation.
He has been a leader in the commercial banking sector, serving in various capacities at the International Bank Liberia Limited (IBLL) and the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI).
While Commissioner General of the LRA, he plans to pursue initiatives that would make the LRA people-centered with enhanced transparency, integrity, and professionalism in the collection of lawful revenues. With an attitude geared towards customer service delivery and staff capacity building, he wants to continue the LRA on the path of modernization by promoting innovative solutions. This thrust would achieve the level of revenue sufficiency that would allow for sustained socio-economic development in meeting the Government’s Pro-Poor Agenda for Development and Prosperity.
Mr. Nah is a graduate of the University of Liberia, where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Accounting and Economics and holds a Master of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is married with three children.
Deputy Commissioner General
Technical Affairs (DCGTA)
A Chartered Accountant (CA) and a Trade, Tax and Customs Expert with over 15 years of cumulative experience in public administration with emphasis in financial, tax, customs and revenue policy and administration. Madam Decontee T. King-Sackie is the Deputy Commissioner General for Technical Affairs (DCGTA) of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) and has been since the start of the LRA operations, July 1, 2014. She assumed the leadership of the LRA as Officer-in-Charge from July 1, 2018 and was reappointed as Deputy Commissioner General Technical Affairs for a second term on August 14, 2018.
During her first term as the DCGTA, she led the institutional start up and strategic visioning as a member of the first executive management team of the newly established Liberia Revenue Authority from 2014. A five-year corporate strategic plan was developed (2016/17 – 2020/21) that clearly articulates four strategic goals to be attained. Additionally, she led the introduction of direct transfer payments, mobile money and electronic filing into tax administration in Liberia. Further, she led the quality assurances in revenue, tax, customs and trade data analysis that informed the tax policy research which was the basis for the development of the Domestic Resource Mobilization Strategy. She participated in the development of the Domestic Resource Mobilization Strategy for Liberia (2018 – 2022) and is leading the DRM Strategy implementation.
Madam King-Sackie previously served as Commissioner for Customs and Excise and Assistant Minister for Revenue in the former Ministry of Finance (MoF). She has contributed immensely to the reform and modernization of Customs by leading the launch of ASYCUDA World in Liberia.
She holds two master degrees from Harvard Kennedy School – USA (Masters of Public Administration – Mason Fellow – MPAM) and Cuttington University Graduate School – Liberia (Masters of Business Administration – Accountant – MBA), respectively. She also has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration Degree in Accounting with Distinction (Cum Laude) from the University of Liberia. Mrs. King-Sackie is a Chartered Accountant and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ghana and the Liberia Institute of Certified Public Accountants (LICPA).
Aaron B. Kollie
Deputy Commissioner General
Administrative Affairs (DCGAA)
Mr. Aaron B. Kollie is the Deputy Commissioner General for Administrative Affairs (DCGAA) of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA).
He is a professional administrator, an astute Financial Manager with vast knowledge in administration, public finance, banking, and marketing.
Mr. Kollie has over twenty years of practical experience working in the commercial banking sector of the country.
During his private sector life, he rose through the ranks of Assistant Vice President for Marketing and Business Development, and Vice President for Branch Coordination Unit at the Liberian Bank of Development and Investment (LBDI). He holds a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Accounting from the United Methodist University and an Associate of Arts Degree in Accounting from the College of West Africa Junior College Program of Business plus dozens of other professional certificates. He comes to this public service as an ardent achiever, highly motivated and a dedicated team player whose goal is directed at enhancing system and control, and promoting financial accountability and transparency.
Department of Customs
A customs professional with over ten years of service with the Customs Administration of Liberia, Mr. Saa Saamoi is the Customs Commissioner at the Liberia Revenue Authority. He made his public service debut in 2009 having had a very short spell as Acting Special Assistant to the Minister of Finance of Liberia. In the same year, he was appointed the first Assistant Commissioner of Customs for Urban Ports Operations in the Bureau of Customs & Excise with oversight of the Freeport of Monrovia, the Roberts International Airport, James Spriggs Payne International Airport, the Government’s precious mineral export office, and the country’s only seaport petroleum terminal – LPRC. In March 2014, the was appointed Acting Commissioner of Customs in the erstwhile Ministry of Finance of Liberia. In July 2014, he was again appointed Acting Commissioner of Customs at the newly established Liberia Revenue Authority; and in April 2015, he was appointed Commissioner of Customs at the Liberia Revenue Authority.
Mr. Saamoi’s career focus has largely been in the area trade facilitation and supply chain security. Since his appointment as Customs Commissioner, he has accomplished a number of reforms in Liberia Customs, inter-alia, remarkable improvements in the areas of customs operational risk management and post clearance audit, the introduction of a compliant trader program (CTP), the introduction of paperless customs, and the development of the Customs Security Program (CSP) through which Liberia Customs has been enrolled into several security programs under the auspices of the World Customs Organization (WCO).
Commissioner Saamoi is an alumnus of the Institute for French Studies in Liberia, and he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics (honors) from the University of Liberia. He is a member of the first graduating class of the post crisis World Bank-funded MBA program in Public Financial Management at the University of Liberia. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in Development Economics from Erasmus University in the Netherlands and a Master of International Customs Law & Administration from the University Canberra, Australia.
Darlingston Y. Talery
Department of Domestic Tax
Mr. Darlingston Y. Talery currently serves as the Commissioner for Domestic Tax at the Liberia Revenue Authority; a position he has served for the past six years. Darlingston also serves as the Head of Liberia’s Competent Authority for the OECD Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes.
Mr. Talery also represents Liberia on other international tax issues with particular emphasis on the OECD Inclusive Framework. He has over eleven years of progress tax experience in tax administration with emphasis on natural resource taxation, transfer pricing, tax administration reform and modernization as well as risk identification and mitigation in the large and medium tax segments.
Darlingston has presided over the reform and modernization of the Domestic Tax Department of the Liberia Revenue Authority that has seen the introduction and implementation of E-filing, E-payment, as well as the use of mobile money for tax payment. An automatic risk engine has also been developed for audit case selection as well as to serve as a risk filter from which other tax compliance management issues can be addressed.
Over the years, Darlingston has co-written the Liberia Income Tax Transfer Pricing Regulations, the Transfer Pricing Practice Notes, the Advance Pricing Agreement Guidelines, the Working Manual for Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes as well as other regulations, practice notes and guidelines for tax purposes in Liberia.
Darlingston has an Advance Diploma in International Taxation from the Chartered Institute of Taxation, (CIOT) UK and is an International Tax Affiliate of CIOT. He is trained in the use of the International Monetary Fund’s Tax Administration Diagnostic and Assessment Tool (TADAT) methodology. He also holds a Master of Law, LLM in Natural Resource Taxation and Finance from the University of Dundee, UK, an MBA in Finance, and Bachelor of Science, BSc. in Economics both from the University of Liberia.
Mr. James Kerkulah is a Liberian professional accountant, auditor and risk management specialist with over ten (10) years of work experience in both the public and private sectors. He is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK, a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, USA and a member of Global Institute of Risk Management Professionals.
Prior to joining the Liberia Revenue Authority in January 2016, Mr. Kerkulah worked at the Internal Audit Agency where he served as Internal Audit Director at the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Public Works, Roberts International Airport, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Labor, Liberia Revenue Authority; and as Sector Director of Internal Audit for Public Administration. Prior to joining the Internal Audit Agency, Mr. Kerkulah also worked as independent auditor with VOSCON Inc. CPAs, now Baker Tilly Liberia and as public finance management specialist with the Department of Expenditure at the Ministry of Finance.
Mr. James Kerkulah has nearly ten (10) years teaching experience at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at the University of Liberia Financial Management Training Program, Seven Days Adventist University of west Africa and Stella Maris Polytechnic University. Mr. Kerkulah lectures part time in Accountancy; Audit & Assurance; Quantitative Finance; Financial Risk Analysis; Investment Analysis; Corporate Strategy, Ethics and Governance; and Critical Thinking.
Mr. Kerkulah loves mathematics, philosophy and aerobics.