Mariana Mazzucato is dedicated to changing how policymakers understand the economy — and how we think about value — to make it harder for value extractors to pass for value creators.

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Mariana Mazzucato (PhD) is professor in the economics of innovation and public value at University College London, where she is founding director of the UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose (IIPP). IIPP is dedicated to rethinking the role of public policy in shaping both the rate of economic growth and its direction -- and training the next generation of global leaders to build partnerships that can address mission-oriented societal goals.

Mazzucato advises policy makers around the world on innovation-led inclusive and sustainable growth. Her current roles include being 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; SITRA's Advisory Panel in Finland; and Norway's Research Council. Through her role as special advisor for the EC Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, she authored the report on mission-oriented research and innovation in the European Union, turning "missions" into a crucial new instrument in the European Commission’s innovation program, Horizon.

Mazzucato is the author of The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths and The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy.

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Business Unusual: Notes from Session 4 of TEDSummit 2019

July 24, 2019

To keep pace with our ever-changing world, we need out-of-the-box ideas that are bigger and more imaginative than ever. The speakers and performers from this session explore these possibilities, challenging us to think harder about the notions we’ve come to accept. The event: TEDSummit 2019, Session 4: Business Unusual, hosted by Whitney Pennington Rodgers and […]

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A first glimpse at the TEDSummit 2019 speaker lineup

May 21, 2019

With TEDSummit 2019 just two months away, it’s time to unveil the first group of speakers that will take to the stage in Edinburgh, Scotland, from July 21-25. Three years ago, more than 1,000 members of the TED global community convened in Banff, Canada, for the first-ever TEDSummit. We talked about the fracturing state of […]

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