University of Wisconsin–Madison

Farha Tahir

Board of Visitors

Farha Tahir


Farha Tahir (’09) is a program officer at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), where she supports grantmaking to democracy activists and human rights defenders in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to joining NED, Farha served as a senior program officer at the National Democratic Institute (NDI), where she advised government officials and civil society groups on improved governance and citizen engagement in decisionmaking. She also worked worked as a research associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), providing research support and developing policy recommendations to support US foreign policy priorities. She remains an adjunct fellow with the Center’s Human Rights Initiative. Farha holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin. She is originally from Shorewood, Wisconsin.