How Tech Entrepreneur Sophia Mahfooz Helps Relocate Afghan Filmmakers, Artists, Journalists

”Armed with WhatsApp, Signal and Google Sheets, people were running entire evacuation efforts,“ Mahfooz says following U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan

Tech entrepreneur Sophia Mahfooz, 29, now based in Silicon Valley, spent eight childhood years as a refugee in Afghanistan. So it was what she calls a “cruel deja vu” in August as she watched desperate Afghans trying to flee as the country quickly fell to Taliban rule after U.S. military withdrawal.

The founder of tech startups Afghan Innovation Foundation and NeuroX Health immediately organized a team of tech experts to aid the many filmmakers, artists and journalists left behind in Afghanistan.

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Diane Haithman

Diane Haithman

Senior Entertainment Business Reporter • • @dhaithman