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April Rinne

Sharing Economy Advisory Board

City of Seoul, South Korea

April Rinne is the leading source of expertise for companies and governments that want to embrace the collaborative economy. She is a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum where she heads the Sharing Economy Working Group, and is on the Sharing Economy Advisory Board for Seoul, South Korea. She also stays on the forefront of disruptive business innovation, financial inclusion, law, policy, and micro- entrepreneurship through her roles on the Board of Directors of the World Wide Web Foundation, advisory board of Harvard’s Law and International Development Society (LIDS), and her membership in REX (the Relationship Economy eXpedition).

April’s thought leadership has appeared in the Guardian, Washington Post, World Economic Forum, Huffington Post and other publications. She has spoken to Fortune 50 companies, start-ups, governments, universities and foundations around the world including MIT, Emory University, Social Innovation Generation(SiG), Institute for the Future, Etsy, EcoDistricts and many more.

Previously April was Director of WaterCredit at Water.org where she led innovative initiatives focused on sustainable marketplace creation throughout the developing world. She has also worked as a private lawyer at Allen & Overy focusing on international finance, taught for the International Development Law Organization, and advised numerous social enterprises and investors including Kiva, Grameen and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Her ground-breaking work in microfinance focused on the role of reputation and social capital as key success drivers, and she was part of the team that were the first to create microfinance vehicles for the poor and unbanked to promote equitable financial inclusion.

April holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M.A. in International Finance and Business Relations from the Fletcher School, and a B.A. in International Studies and Italian from Emory University. She was also a Fulbright Scholar at the European University Institute and a visiting student of politics and economics at Oxford University. She speaks fluent Italian, Spanish and passable French and brings global perspective to her work, which is helped by her travels to 86 countries (at last count) and more than ten years living, working and studying overseas. Don’t compete with her on handstands: you’ll lose.