Finance Speaker Ian Goldin

Ian Goldin

Former Vice President and Head of Policy, World Bank and former policy advisor to Nelson Mandela

Speaker Ian Goldin, an expert on globalization, is a Professor of Globalisation and Development at the University of Oxford and has served in significant roles, including Vice President of the World Bank and economic advisor to Nelson Mandela. He has authored over 20 influential books and delivered keynote addresses at major global forums, including the World Economic Forum in Davos.

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    Ian Goldin biography

    Finance speaker Ian Goldin is a globally recognized authority on globalization and its complexities, including its promises and risks. As a Professor of Globalisation and Development at the University of Oxford and a Professorial Fellow at Balliol College, he has led impactful research on technological and economic change, as well as the future of work and development.

    Goldin previously served as the World Bank’s Director of Policy and Vice President, and as Chief Executive of the Development Bank of South Africa. During Nelson Mandela’s presidency, he was a trusted economic advisor.

    Speaker Ian Goldin has authored over 20 influential books, including “Rescue: From Global Crisis to a Better World” and “Terra Incognita: 100 Maps to Survive the Next 100 Years.” His work extends to presenting BBC series such as “After the Crash” and “The Impact of Artificial Intelligence.” His latest book is “The Shortest History of Migration”.

    For more than 20 years, Goldin has delivered keynote addresses at the World Economic Forum’s meetings in Davos and lectured at prestigious institutions like Oxford and Harvard. He also advises governments and major corporations on global economic strategies.

    Goldin earned his BA and BSc from the University of Cape Town, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and an MA and DPhil from Oxford. The French government knighted him, and the World Economic Forum recognized him as a Global Leader of Tomorrow.

    Ian Goldin Speaking Videos

    Ian Goldin - Development: A Very Short Introduction
    Ian Goldin - A Brief History of Industrial Revolutions

    Ian Goldin Keynote Topics

    Ian Goldin offers a forward-looking perspective, drawing from cutting-edge research at Oxford and beyond. His talks illuminate significant societal and technological shifts expected in the coming decades, focusing on their implications for businesses, governments, and individual choices.

    Professor Goldin connects social and technological changes, reflecting on the lessons from thirty years of intense globalization. He explores whether the current trajectory of globalization will persist and assesses the sustainability of past trends.

    His analysis begins with population and demographic trends, highlighting their impacts on pensions, retirement, dependency, and migration up to 2050. He then addresses economic trends, questioning if the present market instability is a temporary fluctuation or a sign of long-term patterns. Goldin also examines the rise of Asia and emerging markets, offering insights into economic growth and opportunities over the next decade. He explores how social, technological, and economic changes intersect with market growth and consumer behavior, providing fresh insights into the future of computing, biotechnology, nanotechnology, genetics, and other frontier technologies.

    Ian Goldin emphasizes that this century holds the potential to be humanity's best or worst, depending on our actions. He highlights the major opportunities and advancements anticipated in the coming years, while also addressing the ethical and social implications of these changes. Goldin considers the public policy challenges posed by threats such as climate change, pandemics, and terrorism. He outlines the necessary measures to ensure that society can harness these opportunities for shared prosperity rather than facing destruction. Through his analysis, Goldin underscores the importance of proactive and inclusive strategies to navigate the complexities of the future.

    Ian Goldin is a leading expert on the new forms of systemic risk emerging from accelerated globalization, increased connectivity, and rapid technological change. In his book, "The Butterfly Defect: Globalization and Systemic Risk," Goldin illustrates the need to rethink our understanding of risk. He argues for the development of new resilience strategies to prevent cascading shocks from overwhelming businesses and society. Goldin’s insights help identify potential vulnerabilities and propose measures to enhance global stability in an interconnected world.

    Throughout history, migrants have been catalysts for human progress, driving innovation, spreading ideas, alleviating poverty, and establishing the foundations of a global economy. Looking ahead, Professor Ian Goldin explores the future development of labor markets and the implications for skills, education, and immigration, which he discusses in his recent book "Exceptional People," published by Princeton. Goldin delves into how migration will continue to shape economic and social landscapes, emphasizing the need for forward-thinking policies to harness the benefits of global mobility.

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