Farah Sharifi

A qualified architect and business partner, Farah Sharifi has led some of the most interesting and prominent urban planning projects in Iran. She has also experienced the uncomfortable dichotomy of working as a professional woman in her country. Looking to broaden her opportunities, as well as her freedom of expression, Farah and her husband chose to pursue a new life in Australia, where she has had to rebuild her professional identity and community. As a talented amatuer cook, Farah has done so through volunteering her time and energy with Free to Feed, as well as taking the occasional starring role as an instructor and cook. While also completing her PhD in Urban Planning at Swinburne University, this creative foodie outlet has allowed Farah to not only to develop a new community, but also help other women find their own voice through her example.