April Rinne is equal parts global authority, advocate, ally and adventurer. She sees trends early, understands their potential, and helps others do the same. But she is not only a thought leader; she’s also a doer. She is a pathfinder within the new economy (encompassing the digital, sharing, collaborative, freelance, gig, on-demand and platform economies). She advises startups and established companies, local and national governments, policy-makers, think tanks and investors.
Rinne is an acclaimed keynote speaker and contributes regularly to news and media about the new economy and the future of work. She espouses the values of global citizenship: diversity, interdependence, empathy and perspective. She has traveled to more than 100 countries, worked in more than 50, and lived overseas for more than 10 years. She is a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum, where she leads the Sharing Economy Working Group, and she is a member of China’s National Sharing Economy Committee.
Rinne was formerly chief strategy officer at Collaborative Lab; a private lawyer specializing in international microfinance, impact investing and regulatory reform; global director of WaterCredit at Water.org; adjunct faculty at the International Development Law Organization; director of the World Wide Web Foundation; and advisor to numerous social enterprises and financial institutions.
Rinne holds a JD from Harvard Law School, an MA in international business and finance from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a BA from Emory University; she is a Fulbright Scholar.