Ian Goldin

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Professor Ian Goldin in 2012

Ian Andrew Goldin is a professor at the University of Oxford in England, and until September 2016 was the founding director of the Oxford Martin School[1] at the University of Oxford.[2][3] He is Professor of Globalisation and Development, holds a professorial fellowship at Balliol College,[4] Oxford,[5] is director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Technological and Economic Change and is Senior Fellow at the Oxford Martin School. He was born in South Africa.


Goldin attended Pretoria Boys High School and Rondebosch Boys' High School, Cape Town.[6] He subsequently obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Cape Town, a Master of Science from the London School of Economics, and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Oxford. He has completed INSEAD's Advanced Management Programme.


Prior to 1996 Goldin was principal economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)[7] in London, and program director at the OECD[8] in Paris, where he directed the Development Centre's Programs on Trade, Environment and Sustainable Development.

From 1996 to 2001, Goldin was chief executive and managing director of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA)[9][10] and at that time also served as an adviser to President Nelson Mandela. He succeeded in transforming the Bank from an apartheid-era institution to become the leading agent of development in the 14 countries of Southern Africa. During this period, Goldin served on several government committees and boards, and was finance director for South Africa’s Olympic Games bid.

Goldin was director of development policy at the World Bank[11] (2001–2003) and then vice president of the World Bank (2003–2006). He served on the Bank's senior management team, and was directly responsible for its relationship with the UK and all other European, North American and developed countries. Goldin led the Bank's collaboration with the United Nations and other partners. As Director of Development Policy, Goldin played a central role in the research and strategy agenda of the Bank, working closely with the Chief Economist, Lord Nicholas Stern, under the leadership of James Wolfensohn. During this period, Goldin was special representative at the United Nations and served on the chief executive board of the UN and the UN Reform Task Force.

In 2006, Goldin became Founding Director of the Oxford Martin School. Under his leadership, the School established 45 programmes of research, bringing together more than 500 academics from over 100 disciplines,[12] and becoming the world’s leading centre for interdisciplinary research into critical global challenges.

Professor Goldin initiated and was Vice-Chair of the Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations,[13] which brought together international leaders from government, business, academia, media and civil society to address the growing short-term preoccupations of modern politics and business, and identify ways of overcoming today’s gridlock in key international negotiations. Chaired by Pascal Lamy, the Commission published its findings in October 2013.[14][15][16][17][18]

Other activities[edit]

In addition to his Oxford appointments, Professor Goldin is Distinguished Visiting Professor at Sciences Po, Paris[19] and serves on the Advisory Committee of ETH-Zurich[20] and IDDRI (The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations), Paris. He is an Honorary Trustee of Comic Relief and is Chair of the Trustees of the Core-Econ initiative to reform the economics curriculum and the teaching of economics. He is the writer and presenter of the BBC Series 'After the Crash'.

Goldin has been engaged with governments and with other policy actors on development in Asia (notably, in China, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam), Africa (worked in over 25 countries in Africa, including in Maghreb, Francophone Africa, and Southern and Eastern Africa), Eastern Europe (Hungary, Czech Republic, Romania, Poland), Latin America (notably, Mexico, Central America, Argentina, Chile and Brazil), the European Union, US, and Japan.

As a visiting lecturer, he has given lectures, workshops and seminars at the Universities of Oxford, Harvard, MIT, Columbia (New York), UC Berkeley, LSE, Sussex, Sorbonne (Paris 1), SciencesPo., Toulouse, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Tokyo, Cape Town, Witwatersrand, Dar es Salaam, Accra, Beijing, Tsinghua, Shanghai, Singapore, Thailand (TDRI), Rome, Rio de Janeiro, Santa Fe, São Paulo, Buenos Aires, Managua, Mexico DF, and to numerous foundations, think tanks and others.

He has initiated and directed a wide range of collaborative research programs including OECD/CEPR/Rockefeller Programs on “The Economics of Sustainable Development” and “Economic Reform, Trade and Development”.

He is an acclaimed author and has published 21 books and over 50 journal articles.


Goldin has received wide recognition for his contributions to development and research. His awards include:

  • France: “Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Mérite”. (Awarded for Services to Development, 2000).[21]
  • National Productivity Institute: Gold Award. (Awarded for Management, 1999).
  • World Economic Forum: Global Leader for Tomorrow. (Achievements in Development, 1998).


Goldin has published 21 books and over 50 articles, including:


  1. ^ Ford, Liz (2005-06-01). "Oxford institute to seek solutions to world's problems". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  2. ^ Crace, John (2006-10-23). "Ian Goldin: Think global". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  3. ^ "On the move..." Times Higher Education (THE). Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  4. ^ "Professor Ian Goldin | Balliol College, University of Oxford". www.balliol.ox.ac.uk. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  5. ^ "Professor Ian Goldin, Director]". UK: Oxford Martin School. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  6. ^ Bonorchis, Renée (20 September 2006). "Inspiring Research At the Dreaming Spires to Benefit the Poor". Business Day. Retrieved 2016-03-22. 
  7. ^ Baker, By Martin. "Man with a handle on how to survive the 21st century". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  8. ^ "Le Président Nelson Mandela : quelques réflexions personnelles - Observateur OCDE". www.observateurocde.org. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  9. ^ "Business leaders pay tribute to Mandela". Business Day Live. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  10. ^ "The Evolution of the DBSA 2010". Issuu. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  11. ^ "World Bank Global Practices — knowledge sharing made easier? | Devex". www.devex.com. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  12. ^ "Ideas Into Action - Oxford Martin School 10th Anniversary Report" (PDF). Oxford Martin School. Retrieved 2016-09-23. 
  13. ^ "Now for the Long Term" (PDF). Oxford Martin School. Retrieved 2016-09-23. 
  14. ^ Donnan, Shawn (2013-10-16). "Global institutions need revamp, Oxford Martin Commission warns". Financial Times. ISSN 0307-1766. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  15. ^ "Short-termism in business can perpetuate instability and risk". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  16. ^ "Think long term to address world's biggest problems: report". The Conversation. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  17. ^ "Why politicians need historians". The Guardian. 2014-10-07. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  18. ^ Goldin, Ian (2013-10-25). "Report calls on business to take responsibility and think long-term". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  19. ^ "ian.goldin | Sciences Po psia". www.sciencespo.fr. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  20. ^ "Advisory Board". www.riskcenter.ethz.ch. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  21. ^ "Ian Goldin, an exceptional Global South African". globalsouthafricans.com. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  22. ^ "Development: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press, 2018". 
  23. ^ Bloomsbury.com. "Age of Discovery". Bloomsbury Publishing. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  24. ^ "Ian Goldin and Christopher Kutarna - Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Our New Renaissance - 7 Apr 2016 - Oxford Literary Festival". oxfordliteraryfestival.org. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  25. ^ "The Pursuit of Development". global.oup.com. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  26. ^ "Ian Goldin - The Pursuit of Development, Economic Growth, Social Change and Ideas - 8 Apr 2016 - Oxford Literary Festival". oxfordliteraryfestival.org. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  27. ^ 21school (2016-03-21), 'The pursuit of development, economic growth, social change and ideas' with Ian Goldin, retrieved 2016-04-21 
  28. ^ Goldin, Ian (2014-03-14). "The 'butterfly defect' at the heart of globalisation". Financial Times. ISSN 0307-1766. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  29. ^ "To preserve the benefits from globalization, global connectivity requires global coordination". USAPP. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  30. ^ "Globalization and Systemic Risk | The European Financial Review | Empowering communications globally". www.europeanfinancialreview.com. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  31. ^ Donnan, Review by Shawn (2014-07-20). "A qualified defence of economic complexity". Financial Times. ISSN 0307-1766. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  32. ^ "The promise and the perils of globalisation: a conversation with Ian Goldin | Prospect Magazine". www.prospectmagazine.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  33. ^ "Globalisation has created substantial benefits, but global governance must evolve to meet the challenges posed by new systemic risks". EUROPP. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  34. ^ "Is the Planet Full?". global.oup.com. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  35. ^ "Book Review: Is the Planet Full? edited by Ian Goldin". LSE Review of Books. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  36. ^ "Food security in the twenty-first century | OUPblog". OUPblog. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  37. ^ "World needs more people to stop population crash". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  38. ^ "What do 7 Billion People Mean for our Global Future?". The Huffington Post UK. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  39. ^ "Divided Nations: Why Global Governance is Failing, and What We Can Do About It by Ian Goldin". Times Higher Education (THE). Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  40. ^ "Divided Nations: Why Global Governance Is Failing, and What We Can Do About It". Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  41. ^ Atkins, Review by Ralph (2013-04-07). "An optimist's view from the edge of the abyss". Financial Times. ISSN 0307-1766. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  42. ^ 21school (2013-03-22), Divided Nations: Why global governance is failing and what we can do about it, retrieved 2016-04-21 
  43. ^ "Book Review: 'Divided Nations' by Ian Goldin". The Huffington Post UK. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  44. ^ "Ian Goldin: 'Nations are divided, but we citizens need not be' (Wired UK)". Wired UK. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  45. ^ "Globalization for Development". global.oup.com. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  46. ^ "Can globalisation work for the poor? | Videos". Oxford Martin School. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  47. ^ "Professor Ian Goldin - Globalization for Development | Global Policy Journal - Practitioner, Academic, Global Governance, International Law, Economics, Security, Institutions, Comment & Opinion, Media, Events, Journal". www.globalpolicyjournal.com. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  48. ^ "Harnessing immigrant mobility means prosperity for all Canadians". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  49. ^ "The future of mobility". The Economist. ISSN 0013-0613. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  50. ^ "Why more migration makes sense". Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  51. ^ Lloyd, Review by John (2011-07-10). "An inexorable flow to richer lands". Financial Times. ISSN 0307-1766. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  52. ^ Staff, WSJ. "Five Reasons to Embrace Migrants". WSJ. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  53. ^ "Exceptional People: How Migration Shaped Our World and Will Define Our Future". Times Higher Education (THE). Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  54. ^ "Dominic Lawson: More migrants please, especially the clever ones". The Independent. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  55. ^ Author search results from palgrave.com

External links[edit]

Goldin is a regular speaker at WEF (World Economic Forum) and other events. Examples of his talks include: