Keynote Presentations

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Daniel Castro, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Public Policy Challenges and Opportunities in the Sharing Economy. Castro is vice president at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) and director of ITIF’s Center for Data Innovation. His focus is on issues related to information technology and internet policy, including privacy, security, intellectual property, Internet governance, e-government, and accessibility for people with disabilities. His work has been quoted and cited in numerous media outlets, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, USA Today, Bloomberg News, and Bloomberg Businessweek. In 2013, Castro was named to FedScoop’s list of the “top 25 most influential people under 40 in government and tech.” In 2015, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker appointed Castro to the Commerce Data Advisory Council.

Cheryl Martin, Harwich Partners. Making Sharing Transformative: How sustained collaboration is essential to drive real impact. Martin recently served as Head of the Centre for Global Industries at the World Economic Forum, where she contributed to the report Collaboration in Cities: From Sharing to ‘Sharing Economy’. Prior to joining the Forum, Martin was Deputy Director for Commercialization for the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), a United States Department of Energy initiative. She earned her PhD in organic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Martin worked for twenty years with the Rohm and Haas Company, initially as a senior scientist and eventually serving as corporate vice president in 2007.

Harmen van Sprang, ShareNL and Sharing Cities Alliance. How the Sharing Economy and Digital Platforms are Transforming CitiesAs an independent expert in the field of sharing and platform economy, van Sprang advises startups, businesses, governments and NGOs worldwide. Together with Pieter van de Glind, he is the author of a business book on the sharing and platform economy. In 2017 Harmen launched the Sharing Cities Alliance. As the initiator of Amsterdam Sharing City and a member of the international advisory board of Sharing City Seoul, Harmen now brings cities like Amsterdam, Copenhagen, New York City, Toronto, Seoul and Singapore together to help them seizing the opportunities and addressing the challenges of the sharing and platform economy. Harmen and his team now also guide the organizations in their ecosystem on emerging technologies.

Juliet Schor, Boston College. Are Platforms Free Riding on Conventional Employers? A study of supplemental and dependent earners across 7 platforms. Schor is Professor of Sociology at Boston College. Schor is also a member of the MacArthur Foundation Connected Learning Research Network. Schor’s research focuses on consumption, time use, and environmental sustainability. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Schor received her Ph.D. in economics at the University of Massachusetts. Before joining Boston College, she taught at Harvard University for 17 years, in the Department of Economics and the Committee on Degrees in Women’s Studies. In 2014 Schor received the American Sociological Association’s award for Public Understanding of Sociology.