Roya Mahboob is a serial entrepreneur and one of the first female CEOs in her home country, Afghanistan. As CEO of the Digital Citizen Fund, Roya focuses on digital literacy to bridge the gap between education and the job markets. Digital Citizens Fund has 16,000 graduates from its 13 digital classrooms and has incubated ten female startups. Roya is currently in development with the Afghan government to build STEM schools in Afghanistan to unlock new opportunities for female entrepreneurs in hard-to-reach places using airspace and blockchain technology. An initiative of the Digital Citizen Fund, Roya is also the founder and coach of the world-renowned Afghan Girls Robotics Team known as the Afghan Dreamers.
Roya has received several awards including Time’s 100 Most Influential People in 2013, the 2014 Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award, The 2015 Advancement of Gender Equality through Education Award, Young Leader of World Economic Forum, 2018 Wonder Women 2018, 2019 Education Award Winner, and the prestigious Presidential Leadership Scholarship.
She has a D.Sc. Honorary Doctor of Science of Engineering from McMaster University, Fellow of Executive Education from Stanford University. She is a also a founding leader of The NewNow, a group of rising global leaders tackling global challenges.
Elizabeth Schaeffer Brown
Elizabeth Brown is a co-founder of Uncommon Union, a technology and multimedia communications firm providing services for clients working in economic development, international justice, and human rights.
Elizabeth has pioneered integrated business and communications models which balance commercial tactics and meaningful community engagement. She has worked extensively in Haiti and the Middle East. She spearheaded the global campaign which was instrumental in the rise of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Elizabeth began her career in advertising, introducing leading international brands, like Sony Ericsson, into the North American market. She co-founded Studioe9 in 2004, which functioned as an independent digital laboratory servicing global advertising agencies including IRIS Nation and TBA Global. At StudioE9, Elizabeth emerged as the driving force behind the creation of some of the first public/private partnerships focused on job creation for women in developing countries.
Kimberley Chongyon Motley is an international human rights and civil rights attorney from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Motley is the first foreign attorney to practice in Afghanistan since 2008 and is considered one of the most effective International Human Rights Attorneys and Defense Attorneys operating in Afghanistan.
While Motley's international human rights work began in Afghanistan she also represents a wide variety of high profile in other countries as well. Her clients include Anwar Ibrahim, the former deputy prime minister of Malaysia, Matthew Rosenberg New York Times Journalist in his expulsion from Afghanistan, Niloofar Rahmani Afghanistan's first female pilot, and Cuban artist Danilo Maldonado Machado where Motley was arrested for representing him.