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I'm an advisor, guide and thought leader in the sharing economy. I build bridges and translate crucial conversations between stakeholders: companies, governments, policy makers, investors and non-profits. I'm also a joyful globetrotter: 94 countries and counting, and feel very fortunate that my work takes me around the world.
Within the sharing economy, my main areas of focus are what it means for cities, policymakers, the future of travel and tourism, and emerging markets. My clients include Fortune 500 companies, local and national governments, startups, impact investors and think tanks. Some of my favorite engagements include strategy, policy, international business expansion and awareness building.
The sharing economy is full of hard questions and unknowns. I don't shy away; I embrace them. Happily, I'm equally comfortable with CEOs, mayors or your next-door neighbor. My goal is to show and help others discover how the sharing economy can create a more inclusive, resilient, robust future -- and figure out what to do when not everyone's goals can be met.
I bring deep expertise and a range of experiences from my career in sustainable development, social enterprise and innovation, and regulatory reform. I believe that the sharing economy has the potential to transform the future of business as well as urbanization and balanced growth, but it must be handled carefully.
I'm a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum, where I lead the Sharing Economy Working Group and serve on the Global Futures Council on Mobility and the Urbanization advisory board. I also serve on the Advisory Boards for Seoul, Amsterdam and the National League of Cities.
Previously I was Chief Strategy Officer at Collaborative Lab, where I built and led one of the first Sharing Cities practices in the world. Earlier in my career, I spent more than a decade focused on new marketplace creation and social innovation at the base of the economic pyramid. I was an early voice to promote policy reform for microfinance, an experience which I continue to apply in the sharing economy today. I have also built and led multi-cultural teams, offices and initiatives in North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia.
As a qualified lawyer (please don't hold that against me), I have advised public, private and social sector investors on a range of deals to promote social inclusion. I have also forged partnerships among a wide range of financial institutions, local governments and non-profits. My portfolio includes teaching policymakers from more than three dozen developing countries and advising numerous social enterprises including Kiva, Grameen and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
My writing has appeared in The Guardian, WIRED UK, The Washington Post, World Economic Forum, Huffington Post and other publications. I have spoken at the OECD, the EU Commission, the White House, national parliaments, MIT, Social Innovation Generation (SiG), the Institute for the Future, Techonomy, Sustainable Brands, Etsy and many more.
My education: J.D. from Harvard Law School, M.A. in International Finance and Business Relations from the Fletcher School, B.A. summa cum laude in International Studies and Italian from Emory University. Fulbright Scholar at the European University Institute. Visiting scholar at Oxford University. Languages: I speak Italian bene, Spanish bien, French un petit peu, and Dutch and Kiswahili for survival. I'm also known for doing handstands around the world -- hence my upside-down views on many things!