Rick Ifland is the president and co-founder of Barna Global—a research and communications company that serves Christian ministries and leaders around the world. Barna Global helps leaders to understand cultural, spiritual and technological trends and to wrestle with the implications of those shifts.
Ifland also teaches economics and business at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. He frequently speaks about issues of technology, innovation, Millennials and entrepreneurship. He is currently working on a book exploring how “Christianity is flat”—that is, how Christian leaders and institutions can thrive in a global culture with diminished hierarchy and structures of authority along with increased access to information and two-way communication.
A successful entrepreneur and private equity investor, he has played a major role in 29 different companies. Ifland has also led and established non-governmental organizations to help the poor in the Middle East, Africa and Haiti.
Rick earned a Master’s degree in International Law at Oxford University, an MBA from the Gatton School of Business at the University of Kentucky, and an undergraduate degree in Economics and Business from Westmont.