Rescue: From Global Crisis to a Better World (Ian Goldin)


Ian Andrew Goldin Born  1955 in Pretoria, South Africa is a South African-born British professor at the University of Oxford in England, and was the founding director of the Oxford Martin School[1] at the University of Oxford. He is Professor of Globalisation and Development, holds a professorial fellowship at Balliol College,  Oxford,  is director of the Oxford Martin Research Programmes on Technological and Economic Change.

Prior to 1996 Goldin was principal economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London, and program director at the OECD in Paris, where he directed the Development Centre’s Programs on Trade, Environment and Sustainable Development.

From 1996 to 2001, Goldin was chief executive and managing director of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA)  and at that time also served as an adviser to President Nelson Mandela. He succeeded in transforming the Bank from an apartheid-era institution to become the leading agent of development in the 14 countries of Southern Africa. During this period, Goldin served on several government committees and boards, and was finance director for South Africa’s Olympic Games bid.

Goldin was director of development policy at the World Bank  (2001–2003) and then vice president of the World Bank (2003–2006). He served on the Bank’s senior management team, and was directly responsible for its relationship with the UK and all other European, North American and developed countries.

Goldin led the Bank’s collaboration with the United Nations and other partners. As Director of Development Policy, Goldin played a central role in the research and strategy agenda of the Bank, working closely with the Chief EconomistLord Nicholas Stern, under the leadership of James Wolfensohn. During this period, Goldin was special representative at the United Nations and served on the chief executive board of the UN and the UN Reform Task Force.

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