Introducing Speaker: Melissa Jun Rowley
Melissa Jun Rowley, Tech and Social Impact Journalist
Melissa Jun Rowley works at the forefront of technology, media and social change as a journalist and entrepreneur. She is the founder of Jasmine, an initiative aiming to match Syrian youth trained in computer engineering with US and UK companies in need of technology talent.
Additionally, Melissa provides content strategy and digital transformation consulting to Fortune 500 companies and social enterprises. Prior to starting Jasmine, she brought a delegation of London-based tech CEOs to Lebanon to mentor and collaborate with local entrepreneurs. This program was the offspring of the humanitarian tech platform, The Toolbox, which Melissa cofounded with the musician and activist Peter Gabriel.
As a journalist, Melissa covers global entrepreneurship, gender equality and social justice. She’s currently authoring a book about the future of company culture and sexual harassment prevention across sectors and countries in the post #MeToo era.
From the New York Stock Exchange to the red carpet, Melissa started her career as a field producer for CNN and the Associated Press, covering business news and major entertainment events, including the Oscars, Golden Globes, Emmys and Grammys.
Her writing has been featured on BBC News, Fast Company, Cisco, CBS News, NBC, TechCrunch, The Guardian and Forbes.