Roya Mahboob has had a challenging journey: from trudging for higher education in Afghanistan, to being the exceptional female student studying computer science at UN Development Program, followed by a completing a degree in computer science at Herat University. All this while living in a patriarchal country where women were not anticipated to pursue a higher study, let alone a career that empowers and facilitates independent employment for women.
In a remarkable case of “Pay It Forward”, Mahboob has created a non-profit called Digital Citizen Fund with the backup of an American investor Francesco Rulli. The organization has established 40 internet-enabled classrooms across Afghanistan which facilitates 160,000+ female students to connect to the world.
Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, has high praise for Mahboob: she had not only the will to lead, she is paving ways for other women, from her country and beyond, to make digital literacy the currency of their independence.
Listen to Roya Mahboob at WORLDWEBFORUM 2019 to be inspired by her drive and vision.