Roya Mahboob
CEO of the Digital Citizen Fund

Why is STEAM education so important for young girls?

Roya Mahboob tells her story of meeting a magical box. Then she takes us to the future and gives us insights about what would happen if we don’t teach the STEAM to our girls.

A serial entrepreneur and one of the first female CEOs in her home country, Afghanistan. As CEO of Digital Citizens Fund, Bright Citizen(coffee and tea). Roya’s work is focused on digital literacy to bridge the gap between education and job markets. Digital Citizens Fund has 15,000 graduates from 13 digital classrooms and incubated ten female startups. Roya is in development with the Afghan government to build STEM schools in Afghanistan to unlock opportunities for the inclusion of female entrepreneurs to reach places using airspace and blockchain technology. Roya is also the champion and coach of the world-renowned Afghan Girls Robotics Team, the Afghan Dreamers. Roya was named as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in 2013, received the 2014 Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award, Young Leader of World Economic Forum 2015, Wonder Women 2018, 2019 Education Award Winner, Honorary Doctor of Science of Engineering from McMaster University, Fellow of Executive education Stanford.