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Mariana Mazzucato

Honorary graduand for the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Mariana Mazzucato is Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London, where she is also Founding Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose.

She is a winner of international prizes including 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 ‘three most important thinkers about innovation’ by The New Republic and one of 25 leaders shaping the future of technology 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. In The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in The Global Economy (2018), she looked at rewarding value creation rather than value extraction.

She advises policymakers around the world on innovation-led inclusive and sustainable growth. She is currently a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisers, the South African President’s Economic Advisory Council, the OECD Secretary General’s Advisory Group on a New Growth Narrative, the UN Committee for Development Policy (CDP), Vinnova’s Advisory Panel in Sweden, and Norway’s Research Council.  

She is also a Special Economic Advisor for the Italian Prime Minister (2020). 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 programme.

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