The Power of Imagination

Roya Mahboob

Roya Mahboob is a serial entrepreneur forced to flee Afghanistan for New York in 2014. She focuses on building #DigitalLiteracy for women and children in developing countries. Her personal goal for #DigitalLiteracy is to bridge the gap between education and job markets, by offering practical online skills. Roya pursues this through her new company and platform EdyEdy for women and youth in developing countries.

Roya Mahboob is a board member and president of the Digital Citizen Fund, formerly “Women’s Annex Foundation”, a non-profit that aims to increase women’s technological literacy and provide employment and educational opportunities for girls and children in developing countries like Afghanistan. She also sits on the Advisory Board of Forbes School of Business of Ashford University, Resolution Project and the Global Thinkers Forum Organization.

Roya was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World for 2013 for her work in building Internet classrooms in high schools in Afghanistan.

The TIME 100 essay was written by Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg, who is also the author of “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead”.

Roya is also a member of the 2014 Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, Civic Innovators, Young Leader of World Economic Forum and The Advancement of Gender Equality Through Education.


Twitter: @RoyaMahboob

TEDxUniversityofNicosia Talk:

The Power of Imagination

Breakthroughs in science, technology and other industries start with the dream of a child to do something great and make a difference. And that was the dream that I had in my childhood.