Arijana was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She graduated from the Department of Comparative Literature and Library Science at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Sarajevo. She obtained her MA in religious studies at the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Sarajevo. Between 2007 and 2016 she was engaged in different civil society organizations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, focusing her work on human rights and interreligious dialogue in post-conflict society. In the period 2016–2020 she worked as the Human Rights Officer at the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina and was responsible for coordinating activities in relation to protection of freedom of religion or belief and interreligious dialogue.