Ian Goldin – Keynote Speaker

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 the world’s leading expert on the systemic risks created by globalisation. He currently holds the position of Professor of Globalisation and Development at Oxford University, the Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Technological and Economic Change and the founding Director of the Oxford Martin School.

Goldin previously was World Bank Vice President and the Group’s Director of Policy, after serving as Chief Executive of the Development Bank of Southern Africa and Economic Advisor to President Nelson Mandela. Goldin has served as Principal Economist at the EBRD and Director of Programmes at the OECD Development Centre.

Ian Goldin has a BA (Hons) and BSc from the University of Cape Town, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a MA and DPhil from the University of Oxford. Ian Goldin has been knighted by the French Government and has published 22 books, including Terra Incognita: 100 Maps to Survive the Next 100 Years; Age of Discovery: Navigating the Storms of Our Second Renaissance; Development: A Very Short Introduction; The Butterfly Defect: How Globalisation Creates Systemic Risks and What to Do; 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, Is the Planet Full? He is the lead author of the Oxford Martin School Citi Report Migration and The Economy.

He is the author and presenter of the 2018 BBC Series After the Crash, the 2019 BBC Series: The Impact of Artificial Intelligence, and the 2020 BBC Series: The Pandemic that Changed the World.

Ian Goldin has been a non-executive Director on numerous boards, including CDC Plc, Implenia AG, Metropolitan, Old Mutual and Skandia, chairing and serving on a wide variety of Board Committees. He is an Honorary Trustee of Comic Relief and the Chair of the CORE Econ initiative to modernise the teaching of economics.

Goldin lectures at Oxford, Harvard, Tsinghua and other top Universities and provides advisory and consultancy services to a wide range of governments and leading global companies. In addition to be a highly acclaimed speaker, Goldin leads strategy discussions at the Boards of leading global companies and facilitates major conferences. His recent speaking engagements include the opening keynote at Google Zeitgeist, at the Microsoft CEO forum, at TED, and for the past 21 years has provided keynotes at the WEF Davos meetings.

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