About Rachel

Rachel Botsman is regarded as the global thought leader on the power of collaboration and sharing through digital technologies to transform the way we live, work, bank and consume.

She defined the theory of the ‘collaborative consumption’ in 2010 in her critically acclaimed book ‘What’s Mine is Yours: How Collaborative Consumption Is Changing The Way We Live’ and her breakthrough TED talks on the subject have been viewed over two million times. TIME magazine subsequently named Collaborative Consumption one of the ’10 Ideas that Will Change the World’.
She is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, was named by Fast Company as one of the ‘Most Creative People in Business’ and featured by Monocle as one of the top 20 speakers in the world to have at your conference.

Rachel is currently designing the first-ever MBA course on the collaborative economy that she will teach at Oxford University Said School of Business in 2015. Her writings and research have featured in the Harvard Business Review, The Economist, CNN, New York Times, The Guardian, The Financial Times, and other publications. She is an associate editor for WIRED UK and has a monthly tech trends column in the Australian Financial Review.

She has spoken to and advised a diverse range of companies including the Clinton Global Initiative, Google, World Council of Credit Unions, Microsoft, PwC, Lend Lease, and many others on the power of the collaborative economy as lens to view challenges and unlock new opportunities in the world. Clients typically describe Rachel as dynamic, humorous and thought-provoking.

She was previously a founding partner in the Collaborative Fund, an early stage investor in disruptive ventures, and a former director at President Clinton’s Foundation. Rachel was born in the UK and has studied and worked in the United States. She received her BFA (Honors) from the University of Oxford, and undertook her postgraduate studies at Harvard University.

Her work has taken her to every continent, except Antarctica. She currently lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband and two children.

What people say

Her talk at Microsoft Research both provoked and inspired, setting off an active conversation that continues to this day and world-wide within the company.

— Microsoft Research

Rachel Botsman was the standout favourite for all our delegates.

— CEO Magazine Executive Conference

We had a wonderful event with Rachel. She was pretty amazing — an accomplished, intelligent and humble speaker who was a delight to work with. Her subject matter was highly relevant and members loved it — rating it 9.7.

— Entrepreneurs’ Organisation

Rachel Botsman was excellent. For our audience, she was right on key with her presentation. Her content was exactly what we needed for our program. Her presentation style and delivery was dynamic, engaging, humorous and thought-provoking. One of the best keynotes we've had!

— The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Rachel's presentation was on topic, interesting and engaging. Our audience was thrilled with her presentation. The anecdotal feedback has been fantastic for both Rachel and her content.

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Hewlett Packard

Rachel Botsman was a brilliant speaker at the 2010 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting. She captured imaginations when speaking about how collaborative technologies are reshaping our relationships and reinventing the world around us in life-changing ways. 


— Clinton Global Initiative

The feedback on Rachel’s Spark presentation was outstanding! It was a high-energy, thought provoking session, and a wonderful way to close the conference. I am sure participants left with new perspective on their businesses. I look forward to working with you again.

— Cap Gemini

Rachel's presentation was exceptional. It has generated much discussion and thinking, and was a great way to close out our forum.


— Lend Lease

The ratings from our audience for Rachel were the amongst the very highest we have ever received. Rachel's presentation was both motivating and energizing, seasoned with critically important cases studies from companies that are transforming industries and lives.


— Cognizant

Rachel is one of a very rare breed of presenters with the ability to simultaneously awe a room into silence, super charge them possibility and call forth a powerful drive towards innovative thinking. She has grace and strength in her delivery and intelligence and candour in her content and the gift to inspire all generations in her positioning. But more than all that, her presentations resonate with you and your organisation long after the chairs have been stacked away. I cannot recommend Rachel highly enough.


— LJ Hooker

The audience responses we have received about Rachel's presentation were overwhelming. I don't think anyone knew what to expect from her but everyone walked away completely blown away by what she had to say. We have had such interest in her from within HP as well as from audience members in general. Thank you, thank you, thank you for recommending her!


— Hewlett-Packard

Rachel Botsman led her audience of tourism industry experts and local government councils on a discovery voyage as her presentation on Collaborative Consumption opened up a world they "kinda knew but not really", and accentuated the change occurring all around us; she didn't lose them for a moment, and left them better educated and aware of new opportunities and worldwide trends.


— Local Government and Shires Association, Sydney

Rachel possesses the skill and wisdom to excite and broaden the minds of any audience.


— Elite Media Group

I would recommend Rachel to anyone! She listened to her briefing and her material was excellent for our audience. Her delivery was also highly engaging with the right mix of substance, humor and passion.

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LimeBridge (Aust) Pty Ltd

Rachel Botsman was captivating, relevant to our theme and an outstanding presenter. We were grateful to have had Rachel kick start our 3-Day Conference.


— PropertyInvesting.com

We had approximately 400 people attend the conference over the three days and everyone we spoke to said they had taken away an abundance of ideas which they were excited to implement into their respective organisations. Very inspirational and thought-provoking presentation.


— Australasian Better Boards Conference

She brought our audience a fresh, new and provocative perspective on the sharing economy – with timely updates on how this was shaping global macro economic trends and consumer behaviour. Our delegates were a buzz after her presentation. Without hesitation we would welcome Rachel back to G-Force!


— Genesys