President of the Foundation on Economic Trends
A futurist of extraordinary vision, Jeremy Rifkin doesn’t just illuminate the complexities of global trends, he helps to mold them. An advisor to heads of state and government officials around the world, Rifkin speaks frequently to government, business, labor, and civic forums, giving audiences a new understanding of domestic and global economies, the evolving power of e-commerce and biotechnology, and the ever-changing needs of the work force.
Rifkin has served as an advisor to the government of France during its presidency of the European Union; to Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Prime Minister Jose Socrates of Portugal, and Prime Minister Janez Janša of Slovenia; and he currently advises the European Commission, the European Parliament, and several EU heads of state.
He is the founder and Chairperson of the Third Industrial Revolution Global CEO Business Roundtable, and has been an influential authority on public policy within the United States. Rifkin is a senior lecturer at the Wharton School’s Executive Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania, where he instructs CEOs and senior management on transitioning their business operations into sustainable Third Industrial Revolution economies. From 1995-2010, he taught in the Advanced Management Program at Wharton.
Rifkin is the author of a number of bestselling books including The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism; The End of Work; The Biotech Century; The Age of Access ; The Hydrogen Economy; The European Dream; and The Empathic Civilization.
His monthly column on global issues appears in many of the world’s leading newspapers and magazines, from The Los Angeles Times to The Guardian, to Al-Ittihad in the U.A.E. He has been a frequent guest on television, including CNN’s Crossfire, Face the Nation, The Lehrer News Hour, 20/20, Larry King Live, Today, and Good Morning America.