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Topic: Digital Business
Expertise: The Sharing Economy, Smart Cities
A worldwide expert on the Sharing Economy, Benita is the Founder of The People Who Share, a renowned international speaker, writer and award-winning social entrepreneur. She’s the pioneer behind Global Sharing Week, The People Who Share’s flagship campaign. She has recently been featured as one of the top 10 Sharing Economy experts to follow.
As a global leader in the Sharing Economy, she is the author of an annual report called What we know about the Global Sharing Economy which aggregates data from around the world on the Sharing Economy into one easy-to-read summary. Benita works as a Sharing Economy speaker and consultant across the public, private and voluntary sectors, dedicated to growing the Sharing Economy, enabling people and companies to discover and access it.
An award-winning, social innovator she is the winner of multiple awards including: Natwest Venus Entrepreneur of the Year 2015, Winner of UnLtd’s Fast Growth Programme 2015, Winner Mass Challenge 2015, selected for Google’s Blackbox Connect 2014, Winner Ogunte Women’s Social Leadership Awards for Best Social Business Leader UK & World 2013, Winner of the Venus Business Award, Inspirational Woman 2013, Finalist in the G8 Innovation Summit DNA Profit with Purpose Prize. Benita is an RSA Fellow, an Innovator in the Finance Innovation Lab, and a member of the Astia women’s network.
Her 28-year career spans broadcasting, communications, business development, and entrepreneurship campaigns. She launched two media companies, lived in New York for 8 years, devised and produced award-winning programmes for broadcasters including the BBC, Discovery and Channel 4 and as Head of Global Entrepreneurship at Enterprise UK, led youth-facing global entrepreneurship campaign, Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW).
A recipient of the Nesta Innovation In Giving Fund, she is a seasoned public speaker, has shared a platform with Desmond Tutu at the One Young World Congress, been invited to Number 10 Downing Street to present her work on the Sharing Economy. Benita has delivered presentations at TEDx, Guardian Social Enterprise Summit, Sustainable Brands, Le Web, Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Dubai, World Forum for a Responsible Economy in Lille, European Commission, Brussels, Guardian Media Summit, FT European Sharing Economy Summit Greenfest, Portugal, RCA, Nesta where she launched the Global Sharing Economy Network, the House of Commons and House of Lords. She has been featured in the media worldwide including BBC Worldwide TV News, BBC Radio 4 Today Programme, Guardian Sustainable Business, Metro, CBC in Canada, El Mundo in Spain, CNN, Virgin.com, Sydney Morning Herald, Times, Telegraph, The Economist, Newsweek, The Moscow Times, RTP in Portugal, Korean Times and numerous online blogs and publications.