Born in1965 to Iranian parents in London. Faryar has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Maryland; a Master of Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; and a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.
He formerly served on the staff of the National Security Council at the White House from March 2003 through August 2006, first as a special assistant to the President for International Economic Affairs, and then as deputy assistant to the President and deputy national security advisor for International Economic Affairs. In those roles, Shirzad was responsible for advising the President, the National Security Advisor and the Director of the National Economic Council on all international economic policy matters, including trade, investment, finance, development, energy and environment. He also served as the President’s personal representative to the G-8 (the “G8 Sherpa”), and led the preparations for the President’s participation in other international economic summits. Shirzad joined Goldman, Sachs & Co. in August 2006 and is a Managing Director, and Global Head of Government Affairs. Shirzad recently received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.