April is a sharing economy and Sharing Cities expert, focusing on the linkages and opportunities between the sharing economy and cities; policy; travel and tourism; emerging markets; and sustainable development. She advises companies, governments, entrepreneurs, think tanks, investors and development banks, working across for‐profit and non‐profit models. She is a skilled public speaker and facilitator who has presented to executives and practitioners on five continents about a wide range of topics, from policy reform to the future of work and labor. She contributes regularly to news and media about the sharing economy.
Previously April was Chief Strategy Officer at Collaborative Lab, a strategic advisor focused on international microfinance and impact investing, a corporate lawyer, and adjunct faculty at the International Development Law Organization. She advises numerous enterprises, ranging from BOP Marketplace creation to trust, alternative currencies and new forms of insurance, across a range of developed and emerging economies. Her entire career has focused on “building Markets that work better and for more people.”
April Holds a J.D. From Harvard Law School, an M.A. in International Finance from The Fletcher School, and a B.A. from Emory University. She is a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum where she leads the Sharing Economy Working Group and serves on the Urbanization advisory group. She also serves on the Advisory Boards for Seoul Sharing City (South Korea), Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and the National League Of Cities (USA). She is an avid globetrotter, having traveled to 93 countries (at last count) and worked in more than 50, and does a mean handstand.
Beyond The Sharing Economy: Rethinking Trust, Transparency & Transactions
The sharing economy and new tech-enabled business models based on "access over ownership" are transforming everything from transportation to tourism, lifestyles to labor markets, and sustainability to social connections. Individuals are able to meet their needs in new ways, while traditional companies are forced to rethink their value proposition and policy makers struggle to keep up with digital innovation. What does the future of the sharing economy look like? What kinds of mindsets -- and mindset shifts -- are needed to harness the benefits of the sharing economy (and minimize the risks) in a forward-thinking, responsible way? And how does Italy compare with the rest of Europe and the world?