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Gerald Hatch Centre Room 324, McMaster University

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Terry Milson -

Overcoming obstacles: Tech entrepreneur & McMaster Engineering Honorary Degree recipient Roya Mahboob's journey to teach tech to girls in Afghanistan


 Roya Mahboob is an accomplished entrepreneur, nonprofit executive leader, and technology trailblazer who has founded and grown multiple companies and organizations at the nexus of technology and female empowerment.

She possesses an established track record of creating and implementing programs and long-term business strategies aimed at company growth.

She is a leader and mentor who gains employee confidence, able to lead remote teams across the country and world - excellent communicator comfortable presenting to large audiences on topics of female empowerment in developing countries and leadership. Recognized by mass media with features in, The Daily Beast. Al Jazeera, Fast Company, and Salon.

Named one of 2013’s 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time Magazine.

 Roya has a Bachelor’s of Computer Science from Herat University, Herat, Afghanistan, 2009 and Boston Global Forum Michael Dukakis Leadership Fellowship: Ethics Code of Conduct for Cyber Security and Safety, New York, 2016.