Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, Roya Pakzad worked as an instructor at Rikers Island Jail where she became passionate about the digital rights of prisoners. In her workshops, she taught basic computer skills, resume writing, and interview skills to young incarcerated women. She holds a Master's degree in Human Rights Studies from Columbia University where she focused on the intersection of human rights and technology. After three years of working as an electrical engineer at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), she decided to follow her passion for human rights and gender equality and find a way to converge this interest with her expertise in the STEM fields. Learn more about her work here.
Roya teaches a workshop at Rikers Island entitled " Executive Edge ( Computer Skills and Career Development Workshop)."