Online Event: 'The world after corona – globalisation, risk and the future' with Prof Ian Goldin

Past Event

23 April 2020, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

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In 2014 Oxford economist Ian Goldin predicted that a global pandemic would cause the next financial crisis. He joins the How To Academy to analyse the unfolding situation and tell us what we should do next.

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Ian Goldin is the world’s leading expert on the systemic risks created by globalisation – risks that, in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, are no longer hypothetical, but profoundly affecting every human being alive today.

As founding Director of the Oxford Martin School, and formerly Vice President of the World Bank, CEO of the Development Bank of Southern Africa and Economic Advisor to Nelson Mandela, Professor Goldin’s insight into the management of global risk is singularly distinguished, and sought out by governments, businesses, NGOs and individuals throughout the world.

Now, in this livestream exploring the underlying causes and long-term consequences of our immediate crisis, How To Academy will make this expertise available to you.

How does globalisation create systemic risks, and what can we do about it? What global responses are necessary both to the current pandemic – and to prevent another such catastrophe emerging in the near future? Will the world deglobalise, and what is the lasting impact on our societies and the world order?

Don’t miss this opportunity to find out from one of the world’s leading economic thinkers.

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Prof Ian Goldin
Professor of Globalisation and Development

Professor Ian Goldin was the founding Director of the Oxford Martin School from September 2006 to September 2016. He is currently Oxford University Professor of Globalisation and Development, Senior Fellow at the Oxford Martin School, Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Technological and Economic Change and a Professorial Fellow at the University’s Balliol College.

During his decade as Director the School established 45 programmes of research, bringing together more than 500 academics from across Oxford, from over 100 disciplines, and becoming the world’s leading centre for interdisciplinary research into critical global challenges.

Professor Goldin initiated and was Vice-Chair of the Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations, which brought together international leaders from government, business, academia, media and civil society to address the growing short-term preoccupations of modern politics and business, and identify ways of overcoming today’s gridlock in key international negotiations. The Commission's report, Now for the Long Term, was published in October 2013.

From 2003 to 2006 he was Vice President of the World Bank, 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 well as with key countries. 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. He succeeded in transforming the Bank 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 Bid.

Previously, Goldin was Principal Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London, and Program Director at the OECD Development Centre in Paris, where he directed the Programs on Trade, Environment and Sustainable Development.

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.

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 21 books. He is the presenter of the BBC World Service and Radio 4 series After the Crash and lead author of Migration and the Economy: Economic Realities, Social Impacts and Political Choices - more information can be found at