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Global Shocks, Global Solutions: Meeting 21st Century Challenges

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Ralph Miliband lecture series 'Sustainability, Social Justice, and the Global Order'

Date: Monday 1 December 2008
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Dr Ian Goldin
Chair: Professor David Held

Dr Ian Goldin is the first Director of The James Martin 21st Century School at Oxford University taking up his position in September 2006. Goldin 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 was directly responsible for its relationship with the UK and all other European, North America and developed countries. Goldin led the Bank's collaboration with the United Nations and other partners. As Director of Development Policy, Goldin 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 adviser 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. Born in South Africa, Goldin has a BA (Hons) and a BSc from the University of Cape Town, an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a 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 12 books, the two most well-known being and Globalisation for Development: Trade, Finance, Aid, Migration and Ideas (reprinted 2007) and The Economics of Sustainable Development (1995). The latter, published by Palgrave Macmillan/the World Bank in 2006, has been commended as "essential reading" by Nobel Prize economist, Joseph Stiglitz. In addition to being Director of the School, Goldin holds a Professorial Fellowship at Balliol College, Oxford.

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A transcript of Dr Ian Goldin's speech is available online.  Download: Global Shocks, Global Solutions: Meeting 21st Century Challenges (pdf)