Mariana Mazzucato Speaker

Mariana Mazzucato

Author, Mission Economy: A Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism, Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value, University College London and Founding Director, Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP), University College London

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Mariana Mazzucato (PhD) is Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London (UCL), where she is Founding Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose (IIPP). She received her BA from Tufts University and her MA and PhD from the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research.

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Mariana Mazzucato’s background

Her previous posts include the RM Phillips Professorial Chair at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at Sussex University. She is a selected fellow of the UK’s Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) and of the Italian National Science Academy (Lincei).

She is winner of international prizes including the 2020 John von Neumann Award, the 2019 All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values, and the 2018 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. She was named as one of the ’3 most important thinkers about innovation’ by The New Republic, one of the 50 most creative people in business in 2020 by Fast Company, and one of the 25 leaders shaping the future of capitalism by WIRED.

Her highly-acclaimed book The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths (2013) investigates the critical role the state plays in driving growth—and her book The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy (2018) looks at how value creation needs to be rewarded over value extraction. Her latest book Mission Economy: A Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism will be released in 2021.

She advises policy makers around the world on innovation-led inclusive and sustainable growth. Her current roles include being Chair of the World Health Organization’s Council on the Economics of Health for All and a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisors; the South African President’s Economic Advisory Council; the OECD Secretary General’s Advisory Group on a New Growth Narrative; the UN’s Committee for Development Policy (CDP), Vinnova’s Advisory Panel in Sweden, and Norway’s Research Council. She is a Special Economic Advisor for the Italian Prime Minister (2020), and through her role as Special Advisor for the EC Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation (2017-2019), she authored the high impact report on Mission-Oriented Research & Innovation in the European Union, turning “missions” into a crucial new instrument in the European Commission’s Horizon innovation program.



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Mariana Mazzucato: We Must Reimagine Governments as Creative Agents
Mariana Mazzucato: We Must Reimagine Governments as Creative Agents
Mariana Mazzucato: The Value of Everything - making and taking in the global economy
Mariana Mazzucato: The Value of Everything - making and taking in the global economy
Mariana Mazzucato: Risking it all
Mariana Mazzucato: Risking it all
Mariana Mazzucato: Government -- investor, risk-taker, innovator
Mariana Mazzucato: Government -- investor, risk-taker, innovator

Mariana's bold work is a challenge to the state to go beyond a guarantor against market failures into an active 'market creator, investing in the most risky and uncertain areas. An articulate and intelligent speaker, Mariana's lays out practical policy moves to stimulate an economic of innovation and tech start-ups.'

Research, Science and Innovation, European Union

'Mariana Mazzucato provides the Commission with a valuable vision at a crucial point in the drafting of the next EU research and innovation programme. Her report provides clear insight in how research and innovation missions can create impact with societal relevance and how to design and implement such missions. I believe this will be another important step in the evolution of how we invest in research and innovation at the European level.'

Carlos Moedas
Financial Times

'A stimulating analysis of the underlying causes of inequality and growth which forces us to confront long-held beliefs about how economies work and who benefits.'

Martin Wolf

'Mazzucato's trenchant analysis is a compelling call to reinvent value to achieve the world we all want.'

Kirkus Reviews

'An accessible academic treatise worth understanding.'

PricewaterhouseCoopers Luxembourg

'Your intervention unquestioningly caught the attention of the assembly and helped to make this Journee de l'Economie a success. Your advice and testimonies will be long-lasting memories.'

F. Mousel
New Statesman

'Mazzucato's mission is to overturn the now dominant neoclassical theory of value. Mazzucato is seeking to recreate the dynamic public-private interaction - and the spirit of adventure - that led to triumphs such as the moon landings.'

George Eaton

'Mazzucato is fast emerging as one of the world's leading public intellectuals... [she] has offered the left a positive vision of growth based on innovation and profit-sharing, rather than sterile and counter-productive analysis based on the politics of resentment and expropriation.'


'Mazzucato is right to argue that the state has played a central role in producing game-changing breakthroughs.'


'A timely book about crucial concepts that have slipped out of mainstream discourse. An expose of how value extractors and rent-seekers have been masquerading as value creators in the global economy.'

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