Born and raised in Timor-Leste (East Timor), Fausto lived through much of the country's struggle for independence which culminated in the restoration of independence in May 2002. Following the Indonesian withdrawal from Timor-Leste in 1999, Fausto worked with the UN Transitional Administration (UNTAET) where he helped with the repatriation of Timorese refugees from West Timor, conflict resolutions, and ensured peaceful re-integration of returnees into their communities. As a national human rights officer with the UNTAET, he actively contributed to the development of new Timorese legal and judicial systems through, among others, research and monitoring of the justice system, community legal and human rights awareness, as well as providing commentary and advice to the government and the parliament of Timor-Leste on issues regarding justice, human rights, and education. Based on his work on justice and human rights, Fausto was awarded a Transitional Justice Fellowship from the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) and Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (ICJ) where he spent six months in South Africa undertaking comparative studies on how post conflict societies deal with past injustice. After completing his first Master's Degree in 2010 and before coming to Oxford, he was actively involved in the field of justice, human rights, and governance in his native country. Fausto is currently a graduate student at the Exeter College reading for a Master's Degree in Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. His previous academic studies include a B.A. in Political Science from New York State University at Stony Brook, an M.A. in Human Rights Practice from Roehampton University in London, and a Graduate Diploma in Transitional Justice.