Ian Goldin is a leading global thinker and exceptional speaker. He is uniquely placed to bring together the frontiers of knowledge with the practical needs and strategic concerns of businesses, governments and individuals. After a career which included being CEO of a bank and vice president of the World Bank, he is now a professor at Oxford University and serves on a variety of boards as a non-executive director and is an advisor to a number of leading global firms. He is a high acclaimed author and his most recent books are: The Butterfly Defect: Why Globalization Creates Systemic Risk and What to Do (2014), Is the Planet Full? (2014), Age of Discovery: The Risks and Rewards of Our New Renaissance (May 2016) and The Pursuit of Development: Economic Growth, Social Change and Ideas (May 2016).
From 2006-2016, Goldin was the director of Oxford University’s Oxford Martin School which brings together over 300 leading researchers to provide solutions to some of the greatest challenges of our time. The School covers the frontiers of physical, environmental and medical science change and as well as economics and finance, population, migration, ageing, food and natural resources and the associated global governance and risk management challenges. The School is a leading center on the study of complexity, cyber security, financial and other systemic risks. Goldin is the University Professor of Globalization and Professorial Fellow at the University’s prestigious Balliol College.
Goldin previously was at the World Bank, where he served as vice president with wide-ranging responsibilities. These included being a member of the Bank’s Executive Committee and having responsibility for all major shareholder relations and relations with the UN and other global partners. From 1995 to 2001, Goldin was chief executive and managing director of the Development Bank of Southern Africa. Under his leadership, the Bank was transformed to become commercially independent and the leading agent of infrastructure development and project finance in the fourteen countries of Southern Africa, becoming the primary source of finance to over 500 municipalities and developing a wide range of public private partnerships in the region. During this period, Goldin was an economic advisor to President Mandela and accompanied him on many state visits. Previously, Goldin worked at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London, as principal economist, and prior to that at the OECD Development Centre in Paris, where he directed the Programs on Trade, Environment and Sustainable Development.
Goldin holds a Bachelor of Science degree and Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from the University of Cape Town, a Master of Science degree from the London School of Economics, an Advanced Management Program degree from INSEAD and a Master of Arts degree and Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Oxford. He has received numerous awards and prizes, and has been knighted (Chevalier) by France and was nominated “Global Leader of Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum. He has published over 50 articles and 18 books. In addition to his most recent The Butterfly Defect (Princeton University Press) which Jean-Claude Trichet the former President of the European Central Bank and Chairman of the G30 has called “remarkable” and of the “utmost interest”, and Is the Planet Full? (Oxford University Press), which a number of reviewers have indicated “should be read by everyone”, four of his most recent books are Globalization for Development (Oxford University Press), which Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz has recommended as “essential reading,” Exceptional People: How Migration Shaped our World and Will Define our Future (Princeton) which Ned Phelps, Nobel Laureate has said “will change, if anything, the way governments and organizations view migration policy,” Divided Nations: Why Global Governance is Failing and What can be done (Oxford University Press), which Pascal Lamy, former Director General of the World Trade Organization has described as a “must read,” and his path breaking The Economics of Sustainable Development(Cambridge University Press).