Mahboob, Roya Mrs.
|Name||Mahboob, Roya Mrs.|
|Date of birth||1987|
|Function/Grade||Afghan Citadel Services CEO|
|History and Biodata||
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She is the founder and CEO of an IT Company "Afghan Citadel Services"· in the western city of Herat in 2010. Her staff of 20 software programmers -- more than half of them women -- develops computer software for government ministries, universities, and international organizations in Afghanistan. Mahboob previously has served as project coordinator for the Afghan Higher Education Ministry's IT department. Then she founded her firm with several classmates from Herat University back in 2010 with start-up capital of just $20,000 -- most of it coming from their own savings. She owns 45 percent of ACS, with the remaining shares divided among the two former Herat University classmates and her brother and sister.
Afghan Citadel Services currently has ongoing or finished projects worth approximately $500,000. Among the projects the company has completed are a patient-management system created for Afghan hospitals and a student-registration system for universities and private schools. Recently (2012), the company has opened new offices, including one in the capital, Kabul. Mahboob has also hired more staff to meet needs as the company's business expands.· The company is also expanding into other sectors. Early 2012 it partnered with Film Annex (Mrs. Fereshte Forough see picture left), an online film distribution platform, to launch the Afghan Development Project. The project seeks to show "a new face" of Afghanistan by broadcasting current events-related videos, interviews, and news clips. Her company is also working with Film Annex to equip Afghan schools with Internet access in order to connect students with the outside world -- and discourage them from joining the insurgency.