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Melissa Sassi

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Melissa Sassi is the Global Head of IBM Hyper Protect Accelerator focused on empowering early-stage startups through technology and business acceleration. Melissa is a Judge for Call for Code, an initiative aimed at preparing for and responding to disaster scenarios. Melissa spent several years in Microsoft's Airband Initiative where she was an internet and energy access impact investor. Melissa is the Founder & CEO of MentorNations, a youth-led digital skills movement that has taught tens of thousands of young people to code across twelve countries. Melissa Chair of IEEE's Digital Intelligence initiative and a Founding Member of the Coalition for Digital Intelligence with the WEF, OECD, IEEE, and DQ Institute. She holds Board positions with TAKMIL, a nonprofit with 30 informal schools in rural Pakistan, and TechWomen.Asia, an Afghanistan-based nonprofit focused on tech skill-building for young Afghani women. Melissa is working toward her PhD where her research is focused on the digital inclusion of unserved communities. Melissa has given 100+ talks at UN events, education summits, tech conferences, and a keynote speaker in topics such as digital inclusion, women in tech, community building, youth empowerment, imposter syndrome, mentorship, and personal branding.