Professor Ian Goldin

Former Vice-President of the World Bank and Economic Advisor to Nelson Mandela

Professor Ian Goldin photo

Professor Ian Goldin is the Director of the Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford, which aims to provide solutions to some of the great challenges of our time.

The School covers the frontiers of physical, medical and biological science as well as climate change and environmental science, the social sciences and the humanities.

Professor Goldin was Vice President of the World Bank (2003-2006) and prior to that the Bank's Director of Development Policy (2001-2003). 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 pivotal role in the research and strategy agenda of the Bank.

From 1996 to 2001 he was Chief Executive and Managing Director of the Development Bank of Southern Africa and served as an adviser to President Nelson Mandela. He succeeded in transforming the Bank 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 Bid.

Previously, Ian Goldin was Principal Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London, and Program Director at the OECD Development Centre in Paris, where he directed the Programs on Trade, Environment and Sustainable Development.

Born in South Africa, Ian Goldin has a BA (Hons) and a BSc from the University of Cape Town, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a Doctorate from the University of Oxford.

Professor Ian Goldin has received wide recognition for his contributions to development and research, including having been knighted by the French Government and nominated Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. He has published over 50 articles and 12 books, the two most well-known being "Globalisation for Development: Trade, Finance, Aid, Migration and Ideas" (Palgrave Macmillan, reprinted 2007) and "The Economics of Sustainable Development" (CUP, 1995). In addition to being Director of the School, Goldin holds a Professorial Fellowship at Balliol College, Oxford.

Speech Topics

Professor Ian Goldin is an outstanding speaker on global future trends in technology, science, climate change, demography and other factors that will have an impact on corporations and government.


Click below to watch video footage of Professor Ian Goldin. To enquire further about Professor Ian Goldin for corporate and private bookings, please click here or call us on +44 (0)1372 361 004.

Books and DVDs

Below you'll find products by Professor Ian Goldin which may be available for purchase. Click the image to view on Amazon’s website. Clients often like to purchase books and other merchandise as autographed give-aways at events where Professor Ian Goldin is appearing. For bulk purchases, please speak with the Booking Agent handling your event.

Recently viewed
Professor Ian Goldin

Former Vice-President of the World Bank and Economic Advisor to Nelson Mandela

you made the whole process of finding and engaging our speaker very easy.
Julie Smith, Head of HR - Hastoe Group
Bookings and enquiries +44 (0)1372 361 004
or Email us

For help and advice, click here. Considering joining our roster, click here