Ian Goldin - Keynote Speaker

Oxford University's Development Director & Professor of Globalisation and former Policy Advisor to Nelson Mandela

Professor Ian Goldin is the world’s leading expert on the systemic risks created by globalisation. He currently holds the position of Professor of Globalisation and Development at Oxford University, the Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Technological and Economic Change and the founding Director of the Oxford Martin School. He is also well known for being the former policy advisor to Nelson Mandela. A really experienced individual, Ian’s specialisms revolve around globalisation, government policy, future trends, finance and economics and innovation and technology.

A true expert in his own field, Ian Goldin has appeared at a variety of speaking events and has given lectures at some of the most prestigious universities in the world. During his fascinating talks, Ian offers insight and advice on a range of topics, such as economic and future trends, global trends, innovation and technology, business management and strategy, and international politics, cultures, society and education.

Professor Ian Goldin has had a varied and impressive career, having previously served as the Chief Executive of the Development Bank of Southern Africa and Economic Advisor to President Nelson Mandela before going onto become the World Bank Vice President and the Group’s Director of Policy. Furthermore, Ian has been a non-executive Director on numerous different boards, including CDC Plc, Implenia AG, Metropolitan, Old Mutual and Skandia, chairing and serving on a wide variety of Board Committees. He has published a staggering amount of books, articles, reports, and textbooks, authoring over 50 articles and 21 books from throughout his career. Some of these books include Age of Discovery: Navigating the Storms of Our Second Renaissance; Divided Nations: Why Global Governance is Failing and What Can Be Done; The Butterfly Defect: How Globalisation Creates Systemic Risks and What to Do; Development: A Very Short Introduction; Exceptional People: How Migration Shaped our World and Will Define our Future; and, Is the Planet Full?

Ian also has experience in the media industry, having appeared on almost all major broadcasters. He has had the opportunity to create and present his own documentary shows, such as the BBC series ‘After The Crash’ and ‘Will AI kill Development?’ A highly intellectual and respected individual with many years of experience in a number of sectors, Professor Goldin has become a truly popular addition to any event, and thus has appeared at some of the biggest conferences in the world, including presenting speaking engagements for Google Zeitgeist, the Microsoft CEO forum, TED and has provided keynotes at the WEF Davos meetings for over 21 years.


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Ian Goldin

Oxford University's Development Director & Professor of Globalisation and former Policy Advisor to Nelson Mandela

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