A native of Afghanistan, Farishta started working for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) more than twenty years ago. She co-founded a women’s rights NGO in Herat in the mid-2000s and has consulted for several well-regarded firms and organizations including the World Bank, USAID and EU. Formerly, Farishta served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the director general and senior advisor for Afghanistan Peace and Security Affairs and was deputy chief of party for Internews in Kabul in 2017. She has also taught at the American University of Afghanistan in 2016.
Farishta earned her BA in Commerce from Pakistan’s Baluchistan University and an Executive MBA from Preston University. She also holds a master's degree from Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia and a PhD from the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. Farishta remains a fellow at the International Center for Transitional Justice and is a current fellow of the Rumsfeld Foundation. She also served as a key advocate for promotion of democracy, human rights, and women’s rights in Afghanistan for more than two decades.