Professor Ian Goldin

Professor of Globalisation and Development; Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Technological and Economic Change; Fellow of Balliol College


Professor Goldin was the founding Director of the Oxford Martin School from 2006 to 2016. He is currently Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Technological and Economic Change.

Before coming to Oxford, 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 led the Bank's collaboration with the United Nations and other partners as well as with key countries. As Director of Development Policy, he 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 advisor 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, he served on several government committees and boards, and was Finance Director for South Africa's Olympic Bid.

He has also been 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.


  • Globalisation
  • Globalisation and systemic risk
  • Migration
  • Governance, particularly the need to break away from short-term decision-making and reporting in order to make progress on some of the world's toughest challenges
  • International development
  • New approaches to research, specifically the need for inter-disciplinary research to tackle the biggest challenges of the 21st century

Media experience

Professor Goldin has extensive media experience across print and broadcast and in both the UK and international media.