Ben Younkman is the Regional Director of Europe at Village Capital. He has been working with early-stage ventures for the past ten years all over the world, and joined Village Capital’s team in 2015 focusing on Latin America Financial Health companies. At Village Capital, Ben has worked on increasing access to health, energy, water, financial, and digital services to disenfranchised populations through blended finance and ecosystem development.
As IBM Z’s Chief Penguin, Melissa Sassi created her own penguin title & leads Student & Entrepreneur Experience. As a Call for Code Judge, she supports solving world challenges via tech. Prior to IBM, Melissa built internet & energy networks & taught digital skills at Microsoft. She's Founder & CEO of MentorNations, a youth-led digital skills movement teaching coding to 10K+ in 12 countries. As IEEE's Digital Intelligence Chair & Founding Member of CDI w/WEF, OECD, IEEE & DQ Institute, she's focused on digital intelligence standard setting. As PhD candidate, she researches the digital inclusion of unserved communities and serves on a UN Round Table.