Jeremy Rifkin is Keynote Speaker at the 2015 AFRICA CEO FORUM

Jeremy Rifkin is Keynote Speaker at the 2015 AFRICA CEO FORUM

GENEVA, Switzerland/African Media Agency (AMA)/- World-renowned American economist, Jeremy Rifkin, will be speaking at the third edition of the AFRICA CEO FORUM in Geneva on 16 and 17 March.

Rifkin, professor at the prestigious Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and President of the Foundation on Economic Trends, is a regular speaker at top events around the world.

He has written 19 books on future trends and developments in economics and science which have been translated into more than 35 languages. Rifkin’s theories have become well known all over the world and attracted the interest of numerous CEOs and heads of state in Europe and Asia, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang.

The American “disruptor” is known for his cutting-edge ideas on global economic trends and on the advent of the Third Industrial Revolution (TIR). The latter will see a shift to renewable energy with new technologies and the development of a communication network to distribute them and, for example, the introduction of a 3D printer that will promote consumers to the rank of “prosumer” (producer-consumer).

In his latest opus, The Zero Marginal Cost Society, Rifkin again outlines the fundamental aspects of the

[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″] TIR and then goes further by predicting the dawn of a new era in which today’s productivist system will collapse and be replaced by new, more collaborative business models, along the same lines as Uber, Airbnb, Lending Club or MOOCs (massive open online courses).

Jeremy Rifkin will be sharing his ideas and vision of the future with 800 delegates at the 2015 AFRICA CEO FORUM, including almost 500 top African CEOs.

While growth in Africa is set to hit a record high, will he be able to convince the audience that capitalism will collapse within the next fifty years? Can he convince participants that the emergence of a new economic model based on “less financial capital and more human capital” is an exciting opportunity for the African continent? In a paradigm where consumers become producers, what changes will Africa’s private sector have to make? These questions will all be answered on 16 March in Geneva.

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