April Rinne

Sharing Economy Advisor & Pathfinder

April Rinne is a global authority on the sharing economy, collaborative economy, on-demand economy and tech-enabled business models that help people meet their needs in new ways. She advises startup and established companies, local and national governments, policy makers, think tanks and investors worldwide, working across for-profit and non-profit models. Her areas of expertise include policy reform; global expansion; future of work; future of travel and tourism; sustainable development; cities; and emerging markets. She is known for her skill in bridging the private, public and social sectors -- building a more inclusive and responsible sharing economy in the process. Alongside these advisory activities, April is an acclaimed keynote speaker, facilitator and advocate. She contributes regularly to news and media about the sharing economy. But she’s not just a thought leader; she’s a doer. April is also an avid globetrotter, having traveled to 95 countries (at last count), worked in more than 50, and lived overseas for more than 10 years. Her work in the sharing economy takes her to all corners of the earth. She has advised on some of the earliest -- and groundbreaking -- initiatives and research in the developing world in collaboration with sharing economy companies, international development banks and innovation firms. Previously April was Chief Strategy Officer at Collaborative Lab, a private lawyer specializing in international microfinance, social enterprise and regulatory reform, global Director of WaterCredit at, and adjunct faculty at the International Development Law Organization. As a lawyer, she helped draft new legislation and create new investment vehicles for groundbreaking business models in several emerging markets, which are considered global best-practice standards today. 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 Business and Finance from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, 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 is a member of the Global Futures Council for the Future of Mobility and the Urbanization Advisory Group. She is a member of China’s National Sharing Economy Committee and serves on the Sharing Economy Advisory Boards of Seoul (South Korea), Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Denmark and the National League of Cities (USA). Fun factoid: don’t compete with her on handstands – you’ll lose.