Ian Goldin

ISC Fellow (Dec 2022)

Involvement at the ISC

  • Member of the Oversight panel of the COVID-19 Scenarios Project


Ian Goldin is Professor of Globalisation and Development at the University of Oxford, Professorial Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford University, Director of the Oxford Martin Programmes on Technological and Economic Change, Future of Work and Future of Development and founding Director of the Oxford Martin School.

Ian obtained a BA (Hons) and BSc from the University of Cape Town, a MSc (Econ) from the London School of Economics, and a MA and Doctorate from the University of Oxford. From 1996 to 2001, he was chief executive and managing director of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and an adviser to President Nelson Mandela.

From 2001 to 2006 Ian was Vice President of the World Bank and the Group’s Director of Policy. He led the Bank’s collaboration with the UN, EU and other partners. During this period, he was special representative at the UN and served on the chief executive board of the UN and the UN Reform Task Force. Previously, Ian served as Principal Economist at the EBRD and the Director of the Trade and Sustainable Growth Programmes at the OECD Development Centre.

He has been knighted by the French Government, selected as a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum 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, published in June 2021. He has authored and presented three BBC Documentary Series After The Crash; Will AI Kill Development? and The Pandemic that Changed the World. He lectures at Oxford, Tsinghua, and Harvard and provides advisory and consultancy services to numerous governments and businesses.

He has served as a non-executive Director on six globally listed companies, is Chair of the core-econ.org initiative to transform economics, and is an honorary trustee of Comic Relief and other charities.

The page has been updated in May 2024.

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