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.

Why you should listen

Mariana Mazzucato, PhD, is a 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). 

Mazzucato is the winner of the 2018 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought and the 2019 All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values. She was named as one of the "3 most important thinkers about innovation" by The New Republic, on The Bloomberg 50  list of "Ones to Watch" for 2019, and on the "Wired25" list. 

Mazzucato's 2011 book, The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Mythsinvestigates the role of public organizations in playing the "investor of first resort" role in the history of technological change. Her 2018 book, The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy, brings value theory back to the center of economics in order to reward value creation over value extraction. It was a 2018 Strategy & Business "Best Book of the Year" and was shortlisted for the 2018 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year prize.

Mazzucato advises policy makers around the world on innovation-led inclusive and sustainable growth. Through her role as special advisor for the EC Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, 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 programme.  

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