Ian Goldin – Keynote Speaker

Professor of Globalisation and Development, Oxford University, Former Vice President and Head of Policy, World Bank and former policy advisor to Nelson Mandela

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Specialist Subjects

  • Future Trends
  • Risks and Opportunities
  • Finance and Economics
  • Globalisation
  • Disruption
  • Government Policy
  • Governance
  • Technology
  • Webinar - The World After Corona: Globalisation, Risk and the Future.


  • English


Ian Goldin is Professor of Globalisation and Development at the University of Oxford, Professorial Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford University, and from 2006 to 2016 was the founding Director of Oxford University’s interdisciplinary Oxford Martin School.

Ian Goldin currently leads the Oxford Martin research programmes on Technological and Economic Change, Future of Work and Future of Development. From 2001 to 2006 Ian was Vice President of the World Bank and the Group’s Director of Policy and Special Representative at the United Nations. From 1996 to 2001, he was economic advisor to President Mandela and the Chief Executive of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), transforming it to become the largest investor in infrastructure and over 500 municipalities in the 14 countries of Southern Africa.
Previously, Ian served as Principal Economist at the EBRD and the Director of Programmes at the OECD Development Centre. He has an MSc from the London School of Economics, and an MA and Doctorate from the University of Oxford.

Ian has been knighted by the French Government and received numerous awards. He has published over 60 journal articles and 23 books. His most recent is Rescue: From Global Crisis to a Better World. His previous books include Terra Incognita: 100 Maps to Survive the Next 100 Years, Age of Discovery: Navigating the Storms of Our Second Renaissance and The Butterfly Defect: Why Globalization Creates Systemic Risks and What to Do, in which he in 2014 predicted that a global pandemic was the most likely cause of the next financial crisis. Other books include Development: A Very Short Introduction; and Is the Planet Full?. He has authored and presented three BBC Documentary Series After The Crash; Will AI Kill Development? and The Pandemic that Changed the World.

Ian Goldin has provided advisory services to the IMF, UN, EU, OECD and over 100 Fortune 500 Companies and has served as a non-executive Director on six globally listed companies, including as the Senior Independent Director and Chairing a wide range of Board Committees. Ian is an acclaimed speaker at TED, Google Zeitgeist, WEF and other meetings and is Chair of the core-econ.org initiative to transform economics.

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