Fariha Sheikh is a Spring 2022 graduate of the Rutgers Business School with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management. She is currently enrolled as a graduate student in the United Nations and Global Policy Studies Masters program at Rutgers University, and aims to specialize in Globalization, Social Entrepreneurship and Responsible Business Practices.
Born and raised in Saudi Arabia with her family’s origin from Pakistan, Fariha is passionate about issues concerning the Middle Eastern and South Asian countries, particularly economic development and youth social entrepreneurship. She is currently working as an Innovation Product Analyst with the New Jersey Economic Development Authority to provide funding and resources to NJ’s startups. In the future, she aims to run a business and establish non-profit organizations across Pakistan to provide high quality resources to orphans and underrepresented children in the country. Fariha’s background has allowed for her fluency in English and Urdu, and she is working towards fluency in Arabic.
Fariha previously held an internship as a partnerships coordinator with United Planet, a non-profit organization based in Boston, where she successfully launched partnerships across the public, private and non-profit sectors. She also expanded United Planet’s reach into Pakistan, by fostering relationships with schools catering to orphans and children in rural areas. Her experiences at United Planet and cultural background have cultivated her interest to work in dynamic, multicultural environments, where she can meet people from around the world.