Roya Mahboob

A serial entrepreneur and one of the first female CEOs in her home country, Afghanistan. As CEO of Digital Citizens Fund, and Bright Citizen (coffee and tea) , Roya’s work is focused on digital literacy to bridge the gap between education and the job markets. Digital Citizens Fund has 16,000 graduates from its 13 digital classrooms. Roya is currently in development with the Afghan government to build STEM schools in Afghanistan to unlock new opportunities for the inclusion of female entrepreneurs in hard to reach places using airspace and blockchain technology. Roya is also the founder ,  champion and coach of the world renowned Afghan Girls Robotics Team, the Afghan Dreamers, who are inspiring a nation to see the potential of girls differently. Roya was named as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in 2013, and received the 2014 Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award, The Advancement of Gender Equality through Education Award, Young Leader of World Economic Forum, Wonder women award, Asia Game changer 2019,  Visionary award, received the Honorary degrees of Doctor Of science in Engineering of McMaster university,  the prestigious Presidential Leadership Scholarship , Fellow of SEP , Visiting Fellow of cambridge University, and is a founding Leader of The NewNow, a group of rising global leaders tackling global challenges.


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