Is The Sharing Economy Dead?
Discussion Leaders Profiles:
Managing Director, Asia Pacific
Phil Kim is a Shareholder, Board Director and Managing Director Asia Pacific at the Jerde Partnership, Inc.
He focuses on Placemaking and formulation of complex urban projects that has helped rejuvenate key Asia and Australia cities. He advises cities and developers on innovations in mixed-use design, retail, entertainment, urban revitalization, vertical cities and adaptive design. Roppongi Hills in Tokyo, Langham Place Hong Kong and the Quay Quarters Sydney precinct are some of the notable projects and representative of a people-based design that draws over one billion visitors to Jerde projects around the world annually in twenty countries.
He is also an Urban Land Institute Governing Global Trustee, Hong Kong Executive Committee Member, and Co-Chair of the Urban Plan education program.
CEO and Co-Founder
Mr. Penaloza is the CEO and co-founder of REinvent, Asia’s first PropTech innovation studio, and the Chief Technology and Innovation Officer of JustCo. REinvent is backed by JustCo, the leading coworking company in Asia Pacific, which in turn is backed by some of the biggest property owners in Asia including Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC, multi-national property developer Frasers Property and one of Japan’s leading real estate companies Daito Trust. Some examples of PropTech companies that REinvent has created are Switch and SixSense.
Prior to starting REinvent, Mr. Penaloza was the Head of Technology & Innovation, China at WeWork. Prior to the merger of WeWork and naked Hub, he was Chief Innovation Officer and
technology founder of naked Hub, responsible for positioning naked Hub as the dominant technology forward coworking brand in Asia. He led a team of 125 product managers, software engineers, product designers, data scientists, data analysts, and product operators helping WeWork to be a major innovator in the global real estate sharing revolution. He is the founder of WeWork GO and naked Hub’s Community As A Service.
Mr. Penaloza is a serial entrepreneur in the consumer internet market, having built profitable internet companies and raised over US$ 20 million financing. He was the founder & CEO of 优士网Ushi, a leading Chinese professional social network with 1 million members, and WorldFriends, an international social networking service with 5 million members and over 200 distribution partners including Tencent and Yahoo! Japan, and HungryForWords, where over 1 million Japanese and
Chinese people improved their English. He was Assistant Director at Prudential Asset Management Asia, a private equity investment company founded by Dr. Victor Fung with over US$ 1 billion under management and was also an investment banker in the corporate finance department of Smith Barney in Hong Kong.
Mr. Penaloza graduated from Canada’s University of Western Ontario, Richard Ivey School of Business with an Honors Business Administration degree. He is Canadian Chinese-Filipino and speaks English and Mandarin. He lives in Shanghai with his wife and three children.
April Rinne is equal parts global authority, advocate, ally and adventurer. She sees trends early, understands their potential, and helps others do the same. She’s a global citizen who brings insights, access and perspective to companies, governments, investors and organizations worldwide. But April is not only a thought leader; she’s also a doer. She connects people, ideas and resources in ways that say “wow, that’s what the world needs” – and then makes it happen.
April was one of the earliest voices in the sharing economy, particularly when it comes to the role of public policy. She advises startups and established companies, local and national governments, policy makers, think tanks and investors, working across for-profit and nonprofit models. Her areas of expertise include the future of work; global expansion; sustainable development; travel and tourism; cities; and emerging markets. She is known for her skill in bridging the private, public and social sectors, seeing shifts and opportunities before they go mainstream, and having a keen eye towards responsible, inclusive business. Today she is laser focused on bringing these insights to a world in constant change, what she calls “flux.”
April is also an acclaimed keynote speaker and contributes regularly to news and media about the new economy and a world in flux. She has traveled to more than 100 countries, worked in more than 50, and lived overseas for more than 10 years. In 2011, the World Economic Forum named April a Young Global Leader. She co-founded the Forum’s Sharing Economy Working Group and served as a member of Global Futures Council for the Future of Mobility and the Urbanization Advisory Group. She is also a member of China’s National Sharing Economy Committee and serves on the Advisory Boards of the Sharing Cities Alliance, Seoul Sharing City (South Korea), Amsterdam Sharing City (The Netherlands), Sharing Economy Denmark (SEDK), and the National League of Cities (USA).
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. summa cum laude from Emory University. Her book Flux: Superpowers for Thriving in Constant Change will be published in 2021.