Fereshteh Forough was born a refugee in Iran after her family fled Afghanistan because of the Soviet invasion. When Fereshteh was a teen, the Taliban regime collapsed and Fereshteh and her family moved back to Herat, Afghanistan. After returning to Herat, she earned her Bachelor’s in Computer Science. She later earned her Master’s from Technical University of Berlin in Germany. She returned to Herat University to join the Computer Science faculty, where she taught for almost three years. In 2015, she established Code to Inspire to empower young women in developing countries to drive economic and social progress by teaching them how to code, find programming jobs and launch technology ventures starting in Afghanistan as the first coding school for young women. the nonprofit training program has taught 150 young women how to code, build mobile apps and games. Over 70% of graduates have found work, earning above-average wages in their country.
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