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Jeremy R. Rifkin
Jeremy Rifkin is the bestselling author of twenty-one books on the impact of scientific and
technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society, and the environment. His books have been translated into more than thirty five languages and are used in universities,
corporations and government agencies around the world.
On April 1st, 2014 Mr. Rifkin’s published his latest book, *The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things*, *the Collaborative Commons*, *and the Eclipse of Capitalism*. In 2011, Jeremy Rifkin published the *New York Times* bestseller *The Third Industrial Revolution*, which captured the attention of the world. Mr. Rifkin’s vision of a sustainable, post carbon economic era has been endorsed by the European Union and the United Nations and embraced by world leaders including Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, President François Hollande of France, and Premier Li Keqiang of China. Mr. Rifkin’s other recent titles include, *The Empathic Civilization*, *The Age of Access*, *The End of Work*, *The European Dream*, *The Biotech Century* and *The Hydrogen Economy*.
Jeremy Rifkin has been an advisor for the past 15 years to the European Union. Mr. Rifkin also served as an adviser to President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Prime Minister Jose Socrates of Portugal, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero of Spain, and Prime Minister Janez Janša of Slovenia, during their respective European Council Presidencies, on issues related to the economy, climate change, and energy security. He currently advises the European Commission, the European Parliament, and several EU and Asian heads of state.
Mr. Rifkin is the principal architect of the European Union's Third Industrial Revolution longterm economic sustainability plan to address the triple challenge of the global economic crisis, energy security, and climate change. The Third Industrial Revolution was formally endorsed by the European Parliament in 2007 and is now being implemented by various agencies within the European Commission as well as in the 28 Member States. Jeremy Rifkin is the President of the TIR Consulting Group LLC, comprised of many of the leading renewable energy companies, electricity transmission companies, construction companies, architectural firms, IT and electronics companies, and transport and logistics companies. His global economic development team is working with cities, regions, and national governments to develop the Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure for a Collaborative Commons and a Third Industrial Revolution.
Mr. 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, Mr. Rifkin taught in the Advanced Management Program at Wharton.
Mr. Rifkin's monthly column on global issues has appeared over the years in many of the world's leading newspapers and magazines, including The *Los Angeles Times* in the United States, *The Guardian* in the U.K., *Die Süddeutsche Zeitung* and *Handelsblatt* in Germany, *Le Soir* and *Knack* in Belgium, *L'Espresso* in Italy, *El Mundo* and *El País* in Spain, *Kathimerini* in Greece, *Informatíon* in Denmark, *De Volkskrant* in the Netherlands, *Hospodárské Noviny* in the Czech Republic, *Wort* in Luxembourg, *Clarín* in Argentina, and *Al-Ittihad* in the U.A.E.
Mr. Rifkin holds a degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a degree in international affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Rifkin speaks frequently before government, business, labor and civic forums. He has lectured at hundreds of the world's leading corporations as well as more than 300 universities in some thirty countries in the past four decades.
Mr. Rifkin is the founder and president of The Foundation on Economic Trends ([www.foet.org](http://www.foet.org/)) in Bethesda, MD. The Foundation examines the economic, environmental, social and cultural impacts of new technologies introduced into the global economy.