Oxford’s acclaimed expert and activist on globalism and development
A Professional Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford, Professor Ian Goldin was the founding Director of the Oxford Martin School from 2006 to 2016. He currently leads the Oxford Martin Research Programmes on technological and economic change, the future of work, and the future of development.
His tenure as the school’s director has seen Ian Goldin establish 45 research programmes. In so doing, he has managed to bring together more than 500 academics from across Oxford covering over 100 disciplines. The focus was to create a leading interdisciplinary research centre addressing critical global challenges.
As the initiator and vice-chair of the Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations, Ian Golding brought together 10 international leaders from various sectors that includes government, business, media, academia, and civil society to address short-term preoccupations regarding politics and business. It also looked into identifying ways and means to overcome gridlocks in key international negotiations. The report, published in 2013, is titled ‘Now for the Long Term’.
The period 2003 to 2006 saw Ian Golding hold the position of Vice President of the World Bank. Prior to this, he was the bank’s Director of Development Policy. He held the position from 2001 to 2003. He served on the senior management team and led the collaboration with the United Nations and other partners and key countries. His role saw him play a vital role in the bank’s research and strategy agenda.
Ian Goldin was the Chief Executive and Managing Director of the Development Bank of Southern Africa from 1996 to 2001. He served as an advisor to President Nelson Mandela during this time. His time with the bank saw him successfully transform it into a leading development agent in the 14 countries situated in Southern Africa. He also served on several government committees and boards and was the South African Olympic Bid director.
He has also, before this, been the principal economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London, and programme director at the OECD Development Centre in Paris.
Ian Goldin is the chair of the core-econ.org initiative to transform economics and an honorary trustee of Comic Relief. He regards himself as an activist, change agent, policy maker, world traveller, and idea generator.
As a conference speaker, Professor Ian Golding touches on myriad subjects regarding future trends, economics, globalization, and more. He lives in the UK and presents in English.