Ian Goldin

  • Director, James Martin 21st Century School
  • University of Oxford



Ian Goldin is currently the Director of Oxford University's James Martin 21st Century School. From January 2001 to August 2006, Dr Goldin was at the World Bank, first as Director of Development Policy, and from 2003-2006 as Vice President. As Director of Development Policy he provided policy and management leadership, contributing to the Bank's renewed focus on poverty and support for the Millennium Development Goals. He played a catalytic role in the development of the Bank’s research on trade, infrastructure and migration. On becoming Vice President, Dr. Goldin became an active member of the Bank's senior management team, with particular responsibility for the Bank's relationship with all developed countries, and for key institutional relationships, including with the United Nations. From 1995 to 2001, Dr. Goldin was Chief Executive and Managing Director of the Development Bank of Southern Africa. Under his leadership, the Bank was transformed to become the leading agent of infrastructure development in the fourteen countries of Southern Africa. It financed the provision of water, electricity and other basic services to over 500 municipalities and supported public utilities, agriculture and small business initiatives throughout Africa. Ian previously was principal economist at the EBRD and Director of Trade and Environment Programmes at the OECD Development Centre. Dr. Goldin received his BSc and BA (Hons) degrees at the University of Cape Town, graduated with a MSc at London School of Economics and a DPhil at Oxford University. He has received numerous awards and prizes, including Chevalier (Ordre du Merit) from France and was nominated Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. Ian has published 12 books and numerous articles. His most recent book is Globalization for Development: Finance, Trade, Aid, Migration and Policy, published by Palgrave and the World Bank.