Professor Ian Goldin

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Director, Oxford University 21st Century School

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Ian served as Vice President at the World Bank, CEO of South Africa’s Development Bank and advisor to Nelson Mandela before taking over the helm of the Oxford powerhouse – which spans everything from economics to stem cell research. Ian’s own expertise extends from the systemic risks of globalisation and future technologies, to migration. He believes that global shocks like the financial crisis will become an endemic feature of the next decade.


Professor Ian Goldin is an internationally respected academic working in areas of trade and finance and international development. He is Professor of Globalisation and Development and the Director of the Oxford Martin School and a Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. Until 2006 he served as Vice President of the World Bank. He also chairs the Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations.

During his time at the World Bank, Professor Goldin was directly responsible for the relationship with the UK and other European countries. He led the collaboration with the UN, and as Director of Development Policy played a pivotal role in the research and strategy agenda.

Ian was previously CEO of the Development Bank of South Africa, advisor to Nelson Mandela and Finance Director for South Africa’s 2020 Olympic bid. His earlier roles include a period as Principal Economist at the EBRD, and Programme Director for the OECD in Paris - working on trade and sustainable development.

Professor Goldin has been honoured by the French Government, and named as a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum.

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