CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Good ideas know no national borders, and entrepreneurs can be found in every corner of the globe. With that in mind, the German Marshall Fund created the Young Transatlantic Innovative Leaders Initiative (YTILI) Fellowship in 2016 in conjunction with the U.S. State Department. The Young Transatlantic Innovative Leaders Initiative helps young entrepreneurs in Europe and Eurasia find the training, resources and networking opportunities they need to bring their visions to life.

Womble Bond Dickinson attorney Alexandra Villarreal O’Rourke has been selected by the German Marshall Fund to be a mentor in this program. O’Rourke will share her knowledge in such leading-edge fields as Fintech and Artificial Intelligence with the 2018 YTILI Fellows class.

As part of the program, O’Rourke will take part in the Transatlantic Innovation Summit on June 4 in Lisbon, Portugal. She will be joined in the Charlotte mentor contingent by James Walker, CEO of Informative Technologies, Inc. and Betsy Idibli, CEO of Tech Talent South.

The 2018 class of YTILI Fellows includes young entrepreneurs from all across Europe and Eurasia—Belgium to Belarus and Azerbaijan to Albania. 

Alexandra Villarreal O’Rourke leads Womble Bond Dickinson’s Financial Regulatory team and co-leads the firm’s Fintech team. She draws upon her background in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to advise clients on mission-critical compliance questions and risk management as well as state and federal financial regulatory engagement, investigations, and enforcement. She also has significant experience on Fintech and Artificial Intelligence regulatory matters and helps clients navigate the evolving legal terrains on those topics.

To read more about the trip and the YTILI check out this article from the Charlotte Business Journal.