Professor Ian Goldin

BSc BA Cape Town, MSc LSE, MA DPhil Oxf, AMP INSEAD
Professor of Globalisation and Development and Special Supernumerary Fellow

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From 2006 to 2016 Professor Ian Goldin was the founding Director of the Oxford Martin School, the world’s leading centre for interdisciplinary research into critical global challenges, and he is now the Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Technological and Economic Change. Ian previously was World Bank Vice President and the Group’s Director of Development Policy, after serving as Chief Executive of the Development Bank of Southern Africa and Economic Advisor to President Nelson Mandela. Ian also has served at Principal Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Director of the Trade, Agriculture and Environment Programmes at the OECD Development Centre in Paris.

He has been knighted by the French Government and nominated Global Leader of .CORE global initiative to reform economics, and he is a trustee of Comic Relief and other charities.

He has published 20 books, the most recent of which are the widely acclaimed Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Our New Renaissance; The Pursuit of Development: Economic Growth, Social Change and Ideas and Is the Planet Full?. His previous books include The Butterfly Defect: How Globalisation Creates Systemic Risks; Divided Nations: Why Global Governance is Failing and What Can be Done; Exceptional People: How Migration Shaped our World and Will Define our Future; and Globalisation for Development: Meeting New Challenges.

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