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Mariana Mazzucato – Keynote Speaker

Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value and Director of the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose at University College London (UCL)

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Specialist Subjects

  • Economics
  • Innovation within Government
  • The Entrepreneurial State
  • Strategic Investment
  • Link between Innovation
  • Growth and Finance


  • English

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Mariana Mazzucato (PhD) is Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London (UCL). She is also the Director and Founder of the UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose (IIPP), which specialises in the role of public policy in shaping the direction and growth of the economy. IIPP also trains the next generation of global leaders to build partnerships that can address mission-oriented goals within society.

She is the winner of the following prizes:
– 2014: New Statesman SPERI Prize in Political Economy.
– 2015: Hans-Matthöfer-Preis.
– 2018: Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought.

Mariana Mazzucato was also named as one of the ‘3 most important thinkers about innovation’ by the New Republic, and is on The Bloomberg 50 list of ‘Ones to Watch’ for 2019.

Her highly-acclaimed book The Entrepreneurial State: debunking public vs. private sector myths (2013) was featured on The Financial Times’s 2013 Books of the Year list. It investigates the role of public organisations in playing the ‘investor of first resort’ role in the history of technological change, as well as the danger of ignoring this in economic policy and theory.
Furthermore, she is co-editor of Rethinking Capitalism: Economics and Policy for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth (2016).

Her most recent book, published in 2018, is called The Value of Everything: making and taking in the global economy. This looks at the need to reward value creation over value extraction, and was shortlisted for this year’s Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year prize.

Mariana Mazzucato is a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisors: the UN’s Committee for Development Policy (CDP), and advises policy makers around the world on innovation-led inclusive growth.
She is also part of: the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), SITRA’s Advisory Panel in Finland and Norway’s Research Council. She is currently a Special Advisor for the EC Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas. Furthermore, Mariana has recently authored a high impact EC report Mission-Oriented Research & Innovation in the European Union.

She publishes in a wide array of academic journals and her current research is funded by international grants including from the Ford Foundation, the European Commission, the Open Society Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation.

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