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Ian Goldin

Director, Oxford University's 21st Century School, Visionary Economist and Former Vice President, The World Bank

Director, Oxford University's 21st Century School, Visionary Economist and Former Vice President, The World Bank

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Ian Goldin Biography

Professor Ian Goldin is Professor of Globalisation and Development at the University of Oxford. He is a Professorial Fellow at the University’s Balliol College. From 2006 to 2016, he was the founding Director of the Oxford Martin School and currently leads the Oxford Martin Research Programmes on Technological and Economic Change, the Future of Work, and the Future of Development.

His latest book, "The Shortest History of Migration," is set to be published in Summer 2024 with Old Street Publishing.

During his decade as Director of the School, Professor Goldin established 45 programmes of research, bringing together more than 500 academics from across Oxford, from over 100 disciplines, to create the world’s leading centre for interdisciplinary research into critical global challenges.

From 2003 to 2006, he was Vice President of the World Bank, and prior to that, the Bank’s Director of Development Policy (2001-2003). He served on the Bank’s senior management team and led the Bank’s collaboration with the United Nations and other partners as well as with key countries. As Director of Development Policy, he played a pivotal role in the research and strategy agenda of the Bank.

From 1996 to 2001, he was Chief Executive and Managing Director of the Development Bank of Southern Africa and served as an advisor to President Nelson Mandela. He succeeded in transforming the Bank to become the leading agent of development in the 14 countries of Southern Africa. During this period, Goldin served on several Government committees and Boards, and was Finance Director for South Africa’s Olympic Bid.

Previously, Goldin was Principal Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London, and Programme Director at the OECD Development Centre in Paris, where he directed the Programmes on Trade, Environment and Sustainable Development.

Professor Goldin initiated and was Vice-Chair of the Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations, which brought together 19 international leaders from government, business, academia, media, and civil society to address the growing short-term preoccupations of modern politics and business, and identify ways of overcoming today’s gridlock in key international negotiations. The Commission’s report, "Now for the Long Term," was published in October 2013.

He has a BA (Hons) and a BSc from the University of Cape Town, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and an MA and Doctorate from the University of Oxford.

Goldin has served as a non-executive director on the boards of a number of leading businesses, including Old Mutual, Implenia AG, Metropolitan Life, and CDC Plc. His board positions include being the lead independent director and chairing investment, credit, risk, audit, strategy, remuneration, social responsibility, and ethics committees. Goldin has advised over 50 governments and 100 leading global businesses. His non-profit activities include being the Chair of the CORE-econ initiative to reform global economics, being a member of the International Science Council, and serving as an honorary trustee of Comic Relief and other charities.

Goldin is also a founding Director and acting Treasurer of the International Center for Future Generations, a think tank that is dedicated to ensuring that future decision-makers are equipped and emerging technologies are harnessed to best serve the interests of humanity.

Goldin has received wide recognition for his contributions to development and research, including having been knighted by the French Government, receiving an honorary doctorate from the University of Romania, and being nominated Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. He has extensive media experience, appearing on all the major broadcasters, including having been interviewed on BBC HardTalk regarding his prediction of the pandemic. He has written and presented three BBC documentary series: "After the Crash" (2018), "Will AI Kill Development?" (2019), "The Pandemic that Changed the World" (2020), and the BBC Analysis "The Death of Globalisation" (2023).

He has published over 55 articles, including "Why is Productivity Slowing Down?" in the top-ranked Journal of Economic Literature. His numerous reports include "Migration and the Economy: Economic Realities, Social Impacts and Political Choices" (Oxford Martin School and Citi, 2018). He has written 24 books, the most recent of which are "Age of the City: Why Our Future will be Won or Lost Together" (Bloomsbury, 2023) and "Rescue: From Global Crisis to a Better World" (Hodder Hachette, 2021). His previous books include "Terra Incognita: 100 Maps to Survive the Next 100 Years" (Penguin Random House, 2020), "Development: A Very Short Introduction" (Oxford University Press, 2018), "Age of Discovery: Navigating the Storms of Our Second Renaissance" (Bloomsbury, 2017), "The Pursuit of Development: Economic Growth, Social Change and Ideas" (Oxford University Press, 2016), "Is the Planet Full?" (Oxford University Press, 2014), "The Butterfly Defect: How globalization creates systemic risks, and what to do about it" (Princeton University Press, 2014), "Divided Nations: Why global governance is failing and what we can do about it" (Oxford University Press, 2013), "Globalization for Development: Meeting New Challenges" (Oxford University Press, 2012), and "Exceptional People: How Migration Shaped our World and Will Define our Future" (Princeton University Press, 2011).

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Ian Goldin Speaking Topics

  • Ian Goldin is also renowned for addressing the following areas:

    • Economic Development
    • Natural Resources, Water, Agriculture and the Environment
    • Finance and Banking for Development
    • Global Governance

  • Humanity at the Crossroads

    Goldin shows how this could be our best century ever. Or our worst, in which we may even destroy our centuries of progress. Professor Goldin identifies the major opportunities and progress which may be expected in coming years. He then draws out the ethical and social implications raised by the major shifts and advances in society and technology. He considers the public policy issues associated with the threats posed, including by climate change, pandemics and terrorism and identifies the measures necessary to ensure that society ensures that this is a century of shared opportunity, not destruction.

  • Skills, Education and Immigration

    Throughout history, migrants have fueled the engine of human progress. Their movement has sparked innovation, spread ideas, relieved poverty, and laid the foundations for a global economy. Looking to the future, Professor Ian Goldin examines the development of labor markets and the implications for skills, education and immigration which is the subject of his recent book Exceptional People, published by Princeton.

  • Risk Management

    Ian Goldin is a world leading expert on the new forms of systemic risk which he identifies as arising from turbo charged globalisation associated with sharply increased levels of connectivity and technical change. Drawing on his book The Butterfly Defect: Globalization and Systemic Risk, Goldin shows how we need to rethink our understanding of risk and develop new strategies of resilience to prevent cascading shocks overwhelming our businesses and society.

  • Demography and Finance

    Rapid increases in life expectancy and collapsing fertility is changing the nature of society and finance, and has dramatic consequences for economic activity, consumption and savings. A leading figure on the most pressing challenges confronting the world as we move well into the 21st Century, Professor Goldin examines the how population and demography will affect retirement, pensions, health care and other areas that will be drastically effected changes around the globe.

  • The World In 2020

    Ian Goldin has a unique insight into the future. Drawing on the frontiers of research at Oxford and elsewhere, he provides illuminating perspectives on the major changes in society and technology which are likely to take place over coming decades. His presentations focus on the big picture, looking at the implications for businesses, governments and individual choice.

    Professor Goldin explains the connection between social and technical change, and draws out the lessons of the past thirty years of unprecedented globalisation. He discusses whether the tidal wave of globalisation will continue and whether past trends are sustainable.

    He examines first population and demographic trends, considering the implications for pensions, retirement, dependency and migration patterns to the Year 2050. Next, he considers economic trends, considering whether the current dramatic instability in the market is likely to be a short-term deviation from longer term trends. He considers the rise of Asia and emerging markets, providing perspectives on economic growth and opportunities over the coming 10+ years. The connections between social, technical and economic change and market growth and consumer behaviour are unpacked. Professor Goldin provides fresh insights into the future of computing, biotechnology, nano-technology, genetics and the likely implications of frontier technologies.

    Ian Goldin is a leading global thinker on the future. He has extraordinary wide ranging knowledge and an ability to combine the latest in research with insights from the inside of global politics and business.

Ian Goldin Videos

  • From Global Crisis to a Better World (Ian Goldin, Oxford Martin ...
    Speaker:Ian Goldin, Professor of Globalization and Development and Senior Fellow, Oxford Martin SchoolThe ongoing pandemic nurtures our ...
  • Professor Ian Goldin: "Age of Discovery" | Talks at Google - YouTube
    Ian Goldin discusses his new book Age of Discovery in which he compares the present day to the Renaissance, another “rare moment of ...
  • "The Princeton Lecture: The Butterfly Defect", Prof Ian Goldin, FT ...
    The Princeton Lecture is part of the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival, the Oxford Martin School is the Festival Ideas Partner Speaker: ...

Ian Goldin Books

  • Divided Nations: Why global governance is failing, and what we can do about it
    Divided Nations: Why global governance is failing, and what we can do about it
  • Exceptional People: How Migration Shaped Our World and Will Define Our Future
    Exceptional People: How Migration Shaped Our World and Will Define Our Future
  • Globalization for Development: Trade, Finance, Aid, Migration, and Policy (Trade and Development Series)
    Globalization for Development: Trade, Finance, Aid, Migration, and Policy (Trade and Development Series)

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