Ian Goldin is Director of the Oxford Martin School and Professor of Globalisation & Development at Oxford University. He has served as Vice President of the World Bank,  and has occupied a number of senior public roles in his native South Africa. He has also directed the OECD programs on Trade, Environment & Sustainable Development at the organisation's Development Centre in Paris, and has been named a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum.

Prof. Goldin has often applied his expertise in economics and development to the study of future technologies. His recent publications include Globalisation for Development: Meeting New Challenges and The Economics of Sustainable Development. This year will see the publication of The Butterfly Defect: How globalization creates systemic risks and what we can do about it, and an editorial of Is the Planet Full, a collection of interdisciplinary essays which assess the impact of projected population increases on global systems.