Building Your Future Through Volunteering


Ever wonder how you can get started on your journey to creating social impact through technology? Melissa Sassi is joined by Karen McCabe and Meher Bnouni from IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. In this session you will learn more about IEEE and hear inspiring stories to help you channel your skills and passions to create positive social impact.

Who is it for?

This session is great for parents, educators, high school students, and professionals alike!

About the presenters

Melissa Sassi is Chief Penguin of Start Up programs at IBM. She leads a variety of social impact initiatives within the IBM Z team and focuses on empowering students through access to digital skills learning. She is currently pursuing her PHD focused on digital inclusion and runs a start up  aimed at helping students learn technology skills.

Meher Bnouni is an electronics engineer working as a project manager at InstaDeep, the leading AI startup in Africa. He previously held the position of innovation manager at Novation City, one of Tunisia’s fastest-growing technoparks. Meher co-founded and chaired the IEEE National Engineering School of Sousse, Tunisia (ENISo) Student Branch. He also co-founded the IEEE Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT) Tunisia. Meher was a member of the IEEE Internet Initiative ad hoc committee. He is currently the treasurer of the IEEE Young Professionals Tunisia. Meher is a startup enthusiast and works to promote innovation and help support young entrepreneurs to thrive and he founded his own startup at the age of 22. He is also extremely passionate about disruptive technologies and their ethical implications on society.

Karen McCabe is the Senior Director of Public Affairs & Marketing at the IEEE–the world’s largest professional association with the mission to advance technology for the benefit of humanity. She works to build and connect communities working at the intersection of technology, standards and policy, and her focus is on the development and promotion of collaborative strategies that produce meaningful and impactful outcomes locally and globally. Karen is engaged in efforts in climate change, data governance, digital inclusion, digital intelligence, ethics and technology and open standards.

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