Banafsheh is a writer, policy consultant, and an academician. She currently consults for global think tanks and international organizations, works with publishers as an editor, and was recently a visiting fellow at Princeton University. Previously, she worked with the World Bank, the United Nations and The Asia Foundation. She has a woman-owned consulting service company based in San Francisco. Past clients include U.S. energy, financial, media and high-tech companies. Banafsheh has worked in 27 countries. She speaks Dari, Tajik, and Persian/Farsi, and is a European Union accredited interpreter and translator.