Mariana Mazzucato is founder and director of the University College of London’s Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, as well as professor of economics of innovation and public value. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in history and international relations from Tufts University, and a Masters and Ph.D in economics from the New School for Social Research.
An expert in the economics of innovation, she has researched the role of innovation in public and private organizations and examined methods for guiding innovation to further strategic goals. She wrote The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths, in which she suggests that the marginalization of entrepreneurship and innovation to the private sector is the wrong approach, pointing out that many consumer technologies emerged from government funded research and development efforts.
Her writing has won several awards, including the Hans Matthöfer German book prize, the IPEG Book Prize and, most recently, the All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values. She serves on the Council of Economic Advisors for the Government of Scotland and as a scientific advisor for the Italian Parliamentary Budget Office. In 2019, she became a member of the United Nations Committee for Development Policy.
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