Ian Goldin took up his current position as director of the Oxford Martin School in September 2006. He has a BA (Hons) and a BSc from the University of Cape Town, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and an MA and doctorate from the University of Oxford. In addition to being director of the school, Goldin is the University of Oxford professor of globalization and development and a professorial fellow at Balliol College, Oxford.
He 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 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.
Goldin has received wide recognition for his contributions to development and research, including having been knighted by the French government and nominated Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. He has published over 50 articles and 15 books, including Globalization for Development: Meeting New Challenges (Oxford University Press, 2012), Exceptional People: How Migration Shaped our World and Will Define our Future (Princeton University Press, 2011) and The Economics of Sustainable Development (Cambridge University Press, 1995).