Ian Goldin

Migration Governance Reform Project Advisory Board


London (UK)



Professor Ian Goldin is the Oxford University Professor of Globalisation and Development and was the founding Director of the Oxford Martin School, the world’s leading centre for interdisciplinary research into critical global challenges. Ian leads the University’s Oxford Martin Programmes on Technological and Economic Change, Future of Work and Future of Development. Ian 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. Ian also was principal economist at the EBRD and Head of Programmes at the OECD. He is an advisor to a wide range of governments and international agencies and has served as an advisor and non-executive director of global companies.

Ian has a BA (Hons) and BSc from the University of Cape Town, an MSc from the London School of Economics, an AMP from INSEAD and an MA and Doctorate from the University of Oxford. Goldin has been knighted by the French Government and nominated Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. He is Chair of the core-econ.org initiative to transform economics. He is the author and presenter of three BBC series, After the Crash, Will AI Kill Development and The Pandemic that Changed the World. Ian has published 23 books, the most recent of which is Rescue: From Global Crisis to a Better World. Previous books include Terra Incognita: 100 Maps to Survive the Next 100 Years; Age of Discovery: Navigating the Storms of our Second Renaissance; The Butterfly Defect: How globalisation creates systemic risks; Development: A Very Short Introduction, and The Pursuit of Development: Economic Growth, Social Change and Ideas. He has published over 50 academic papers, including Why is Productivity Slowing Down? in the top rated Journal of Economic Literature. He is a highly acclaimed speaker, with regular keynotes at the WEF Davos meetings, and at TED, Google Zeitgeist and other events.

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