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April is a sharing economy 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 is a member of the Global Futures Council for the Future of Mobility and the Urbanization Advisory Group. She also serves on the Advisory Boards for Seoul, Amsterdam and the National League of Cities. She is an avid globetrotter, having traveled to 94 countries (at last count) and worked in more than 50, and does a mean handstand.