He received his bachelor of accounting from the State College of Accounting (STAN) and the University of Indonesia. He holds a Masters in Financial Management from the University of Indonesia.He is a Certified Tax Consultant from the Association of Indonesian Tax Consultants (IKPI), a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Indonesian Chartered Accountants (IAI), and a Certified Professional Management Accountant from the Institute of Indonesian Management Accountants (IAMI). He also holds a license as Licensed Tax Consultant from the Directorate General of Taxes, Ministry of Finance.
His expertise is taxation, audit, accounting, finance, and strategic management. He has experience as government tax officer most recently as Section Head.
He is also Financial and Strategic Advisor for several local companies. Other past positions that he held include Tax Manager at PT Pertamina Patra Niaga and then as Director of Finance and Human Capital at PT Angkasa Pura Solusi. Sjafar also a speaker and lecturer at seminars and workshops, and has authored several books on taxation.