Melissa Rowley
Journalist & Activist
Melissa Jun Rowley works at the forefront of tech, media and social change as a prominent author, speaker and entrepreneur. As a reporter and expert commentator for BBC News, she provides insight on the business of technology and tech for good. She's also a former field producer for CNN and Associated Press and an advisor for 50inTech, a worldwide network helping women founders succeed. Additionally, Melissa provides content strategy and thought leadership consulting to large enterprises and startups. In 2017, Melissa launched the accelerator Resolve, coaching entrepreneurs in Lebanon to incorporate sustainability and resilience in their operations and offerings. Prior to cofounding Resolve, she built the humanitarian tech platform, The Toolbox, with legendary musician Peter Gabriel. Her published work includes features for BBC News, Fast Company, CBS News, NBC, Mashable, Village Voice Media, MTV, Cisco's Technology News Network, The Guardian, Forbes and TechCrunch. As an on-camera correspondent, she co-hosted the Global People's Summit in partnership with the United Nations General Assembly in 2018. She also hosted a series of 2015 Super Bowl events and the first-ever live-streamed meeting at the UNGA, where she spoke about harnessing technology to achieve the Global Goals. In her early years as a journalist, Melissa flew in zero gravity at NASA, produced business news segments from the NYSE, and interviewed entertainment luminaries at the Emmys, Grammys, Golden Globes and Oscars. She’s currently developing a TV series to create cultural empathy across the globe through entrepreneurship.