About Ian Goldin - Former VP of the World Bank, Speaks on Globalization and Future Trends:
Professor Ian Goldin is a leading global thinker and exceptional speaker. He is uniquely placed to bring together the frontiers of knowledge with the practical needs and strategic concerns of businesses, governments and individuals. After a career which included being CEO of a bank and vice president of the World Bank, he is now a professor at Oxford University and serves as a non-executive director and as an advisor to a number of leading firms. He is highly sought after as a consultant and advisor and his speaking engagements include TED, WEF (Davos) and many similarly high profile audiences.
Professor Goldin is the director of the Oxford University’s Oxford Martin School which brings together over 300 leading researchers to provide solutions to some of the greatest challenges of our time. The School covers the frontiers of physical, environmental and medical science change and as well as economics and finance, population, migration, ageing, food and natural resources and the associated global governance and risk management challenges. The School is the leading global center of scholarly research on analyzing future developments and identifying opportunities, as well as in uncovering complexity, cyber security, financial and other systemic risks. Goldin is the University Professor of Globalization and Professorial Fellow at the University’s prestigious Balliol College.
Ian Goldin previously was at the World Bank, where he served as vice president with wide-ranging responsibilities. These included being a member of the Bank’s Executive Committee and having responsibility for all major shareholder relations and relations with the UN and other global partners. From 1995 to 2001, Goldin was chief executive and managing director of the Development Bank of Southern Africa. Under his leadership, the Bank became highly profitable and the leading agent of infrastructure development in the fourteen countries of Southern Africa, and the primary source of finance to over 500 municipalities and the leading provider of project finance in Africa. During this period, Goldin was an economic advisor to President Mandela and accompanied him on many state visits. Previously, Goldin worked at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London, as principal economist, and prior to that at the OECD Development Centre in Paris, where he directed the Programs on Trade and Environment.
Goldin holds a BSc and BA (Hons) degree from the University of Cape Town, a MSc from the London School of Economics, an AMP from INSEAD and an MA and Doctorate from the University of Oxford. He has received numerous awards and prizes, and has been knighted (Chevalier) by France and was nominated Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum.
Professor Goldin is an acclaimed author and has published over fifty articles and eighteen books, four of the most well-known being Globalization for Development (Oxford University Press), which Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz has recommended as "essential reading", Exceptional People: How Migration Shaped our World and Will Define our Future (Princeton) which Ned Phelps, Nobel Laureate has said will "will change, if anything, the way governments and organisations view migration policy", Divided Nations: Why Global Governance is Failing and What Can Be Done (Oxford University Press), which Pascal Lamy, former Director General of the World Trade Organisation has described as a “must read”, and The Economics of Sustainable Development (Cambridge University Press). In 2014 he published Is the Planet Full? (Oxford University Press) and The Butterfly Defect: Why Globalization Creates Systemic Risk and What to Do (Princeton University Press) which Jean-Claude Trichet the former President of the European Central Bank has called ‘remarkable..and of utmost interest’.
What Ian Goldin Talks About:
The World In 2020
Ian Goldin has a unique insight into the future. Drawing on the frontiers of research at Oxford and elsewhere, he provides illuminating perspectives on the major changes in society and technology which are likely to take place over coming decades. His presentations focus on the big picture, looking at the implications for businesses, governments and individual choice.
Professor Goldin explains the connection between social and technical change, and draws out the lessons of the past thirty years of unprecedented globalisation. He discusses whether the tidal wave of globalisation will continue and whether past trends are sustainable.
He examines first population and demographic trends, considering the implications for pensions, retirement, dependency and migration patterns to the Year 2050. Next, he considers economic trends, considering whether the current dramatic instability in the market is likely to be a short-term deviation from longer term trends. He considers the rise of Asia and emerging markets, providing perspectives on economic growth and opportunities over the coming 10+ years. The connections between social, technical and economic change and market growth and consumer behaviour are unpacked. Professor Goldin provides fresh insights into the future of computing, biotechnology, nano-technology, genetics and the likely implications of frontier technologies.
Demography and Finance
Rapid increases in life expectancy and collapsing fertility is changing the nature of society and finance, and has dramatic consequences for economic activity, consumption and savings. A leading figure on the most pressing challenges confronting the world as we move well into the 21st Century, Professor Goldin examines how population and demography will affect retirement, pensions, health care and other areas that will be drastically effected changes around the globe.
Ian Goldin is a world leading expert on the new forms of systemic risk which he identifies as arising from turbo charged globalisation associated with sharply increased levels of connectivity and technical change. Drawing on his book The Butterfly Defect: Globalization and Systemic Risk, Goldin shows how we need to rethink our understanding of risk and develop new strategies of resilience to prevent cascading shocks overwhelming our businesses and society.
Skills, Education and Immigration
Throughout history, migrants have fueled the engine of human progress. Their movement has sparked innovation, spread ideas, relieved poverty, and laid the foundations for a global economy. Looking to the future, Professor Ian Goldin examines the development of labor markets and the implications for skills, education and immigration which is the subject of his recent book Exceptional People, published by Princeton.
Humanity at the Crossroads
Goldin shows how this could be our best century ever. Or our worst, in which we may even destroy our centuries of progress. Professor Goldin identifies the major opportunities and progress which may be expected in coming years. He then draws out the ethical and social implications raised by the major shifts and advances in society and technology. He considers the public policy issues associated with the threats posed, including by climate change, pandemics and terrorism and identifies the measures necessary to ensure that society ensures that this is a century of shared opportunity, not destruction.
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