Sharifa was born and raised in Taiwan. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from National Taiwan University, and then her Masters of Science degree from the University of Wyoming. Currently, she is a supplier quality specialist at Air Liquide. She has been with Rahima Foundation since 1994, and has held various responsibilities throughout the years, including being a Board member. Her flexibility in the role she plays at Rahima Foundation continues to be invaluable.