Aifheli has 13 years public sector experience in research, policy development, contract management and strategy development. She worked for the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) in broadcasting policy development. She spent nearly 2 years at the National Film and Video Foundation, an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture as a Legal & Policy officer and later as Head of Policy & Research for 10 years. Aifheli served in various government committees for film policy and strategy at both provincial and national level. She worked extensively in capacity building and advisory role in the establishment of Limpopo Film Commission, strategy development for the Kwazulu Natal Film Commission and serving for many years as a member of the Department of Trade and Industry’s Film Adjudication Committee. At international level, she was involved in the drafting of film co-production treaties including South African treaties with France, Ireland, New Zealand and amendment of the SA/United Kingdom treaty.
Aifheli holds an LLB and LLM (Communications Law) from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and various legal and management diplomas and certificates from South African universities. She is currently reading for her MA in Cultural Policy and Management at the University of the Witwatersand where she is also a part time teaching assistant and writing fellow for the same programme.