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Your keynote received rave reviews. Our partners and leadership were extremely pleased with the decision to have you open and moderate the program. You truly took our event to the next level. You did a splendid job throughout – shaping the agenda, identifying speakers, delivering the keynote, and connecting the entire two-day event. It was wonderful to have you on board with us again. The feedback from clients and partners has been fantastic.
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Your presentation really helped expand the thinking of 3M leaders and get them thinking about the future in pragmatic and insightful ways. Your facilitation was excellent. Thank you for making such a positive impact on our summit!
Fantastic! Really made you think. An excellent speaker – hugely inspiring. Truly a global perspective on important issues. Super high quality. The most interesting person I have ever listened to! Grateful to have had the chance to listen to Ian. Star struck and overwhelmed. One of the best performances ever.

Ian Goldin

Visionary Economist; Founder and Director, Oxford University's 21st Century School (2006-2016); Former Vice President, The World Bank; and Former Economic Advisor to President Nelson Mandela

A brilliant visionary whose vast experience spans across the corporate world, government and academia, Ian Goldin looks to the future in helping audiences understand the economic, science, technology, social and medical trends that will shape our future.

Future Opportunities, Future Risks

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.

Ian Goldin is a leading global thinker on the future. He has extraordinary wide ranging knowledge and an ability to combine the latest in research with insights from the inside of global politics and business.

Risk Management

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.

Ian Goldin is also renowned for addressing the following areas:

  • Economic Development
  • Natural Resources, Water, Agriculture and the Environment
  • Finance and Banking for Development
  • Global Governance

Meet Ian Goldin

A brilliant visionary whose vast experience spans across the corporate world, government and academia, Ian Goldin looks to the future in helping audiences understand the economic, science, technology, social and medical trends that will shape our future.

As the founding director of Oxford University’s Oxford Martin School—a center devoted to addressing the most pressing challenges of the 21st century—Professor Ian Goldin led an interdisciplinary group of over 350 top researchers from across Oxford University to focus on the big, looming issues of the next 100 years: the rapidly changing economic and political landscape, disruptive technological advancements and innovation, aging, bio-ethics, infectious disease, economics, poverty, migration, energy, transport and travel as well as environmental change, business ethics, systemic risk and political conflict. As a former vice president of the World Bank where he led discussions with governments around the world and collaborations with the UN and others and global development strategy, Goldin speaks with authority on how global issues will affect our collective future. His insights on the future of globalization and megatrends are informed by his first-hand experience working in business and government around the world, including his former work as CEO of a bank and being economic advisor to Nelson Mandela as well as his work at Oxford and on numerous corporate boards and audit, investment and other committees. Goldin provides fresh insights on the trends that will shape our political and economic future—and what businesses, governments and individuals will need to do to meet these challenges moving forward. In addition to having received numerous awards and being knighted by the French Government, he has published numerous books, three of the most well-known being Age of Discovery: Navigating The Risks and Rewards of Our New Renaissance which Richard Branson, Reid Hoffman, Nobel Prize Winner Michael Spence and numerous others have recommended as an essential guide to understanding the interaction of technological and social change.  Ian’s other recent books include The Butterfly Defect: How Globalization Creates Systemic Risks, and What to Do about ItIs the Planet Full?; The Economics of Sustainable Development; Globalisation for Development, which Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz has recommended as “essential reading” and Exceptional People: How Migration Shaped our World and Will Define our Future which Nobel Laureate Ned Phelps has said “will change, if anything, the way governments and organisations view migration policy, and The Pursuit of Development: Economic Growth, Social Change and Ideas. Ian appears frequently on global media and presents the BBC Series After The Crash?.

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