Shireen was born in Cape Town under the then apartheid laws. She has two law degrees from the University of Western Cape and a Master’s in Applied Ethics from Utrecht University. Shireen has over 18 years of experience in public finance, fiscal policy, strategic planning, good governance and ethics, specifically focusing on local governance. She lived in Utrecht between 2002 and 2006. During this time, she provided legal guidance to refugees in the Netherlands. In 2022, Shireen moved back to the Netherlands and joined The Hague Academy. She is now responsible for designing, delivering and managing trainings in decentralisation, local finance and fiscal decentralisation. She is also enrolling for a PhD in decentralisation at Stellenbosch University.