Ferishta Stanekzai is a Program Officer for Democracy International where she supports compliance, finance, and budget management for the organization’s field operations. Ms. Stanekzai has broad experience in budget preparation, finance, accounting, and auditing. Previous to joining DI, she was a Finance Coordinator for the University Research Company as well as an Evaluation Specialist with Checchi and Company. She additionally worked as an Audit Assistant with Creative Associates and has a background supporting USAID-funded projects in Afghanistan, including budget and audit experience with Deloitte Consulting in Kabul.
The Government of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Finance has recognized Ms. Stanekzai’s professional contributions and she has received a certificate in program budgeting from USAID. She holds a Diploma in Information Technology and a B.B.A. from Preston University in Pakistan. She is fluent in Pashto and Dari, and speaks conversational Urdu.