Roya Mahboob


Roya Mahboob is an Afghan entrepreneur and businesswoman focused on building #DigitalLiteracy for women and children in developing countries. Roya is the Founder and CEO of Afghan Citadel Software Company (ACSC), which is based in Afghanistan, and she is a Founder of which serves the emerging markets of Central Asia. Roya founded ACSC with the intention to facilitate more jobs for recent graduates, especially girls, and help them find opportunities in the new IT markets of Central Asia. Roya’s personal goal for #Digital Literacy is to bridge the gap between developed and developing countries by offering practical online skills in her new platform for women and children in developing countries.

Roya Mahboob is also a Board Member of the Women’s Annex Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on #DigitalLiteracy, and sits on the Advisory Board of Jelly HQ and the Global Thinkers Forum. Roya was named to 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 received her Bachelors Degree in Computer Science from Herat University and studied Information Technology at the World Wide Science Academy in Malaysia. Ms. Mahboob worked as IT Coordinator at Herat University from 2007 to 2010 and funded the Afghan Development Program Organization (AYDPO) in 2008. She was also a project coordinator in the IT department of the Afghan Ministry of Higher Education.”

Social Media:

Websites – Women’s AnnexFilm Annex

Twitter – @RoyaMahboob

Facebook – Women’s Annex


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