Mariana Mazzucato

Mariana Mazzucato

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1968 - present

Mariana Mazzucato is a highly renowned economist and Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London, where she is also Founder and Director of the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose. Mariana has advised policymakers around the world on innovation-led growth, and is best known for her work on the dynamics of technological change, the role of the public sector in innovation, and the concept of value in economics. Her research focuses on the relationship between financial markets, innovation, and economic growth—and how to ensure smart, innovation-led growth is also more inclusive and sustainable. Previously, she has held the RM Phillips Chair at SPRU, University of Sussex and has held academic positions at the University of Denver, the London Business School, Bocconi University and the Open University. Today, Mariana is a Global Fellow in the Global Fellows and Clean Innovation Research Program. She also advises the Italian prime minister, chairs the WHO Economic Council on Health for All, and serves on economic advisory councils for Scotland and South Africa.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • Her recent research includes projects funded by the European Commission, the Open Society Foundations, and the Ford Foundation.

  • Her research is commissioned by NASA, the European Space Agency and the Brazilian Ministry for Science and Technology.

  • She is interested in rethinking the way in which public and private actors can work together more symbolically.

  • She is also interested in how public investments can be directed at cross-sectoral missions that require bottom up experimentation.


  • Chair, World Health Organization's Council on the Economics of Health for All

  • Member, Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisors

  • Member, South African President’s Economic Advisory Council

  • Member, OECD Secretary General’s Advisory Group on a New Growth Narrative

  • Member, UN High Level Advisory Board for Economic and Social Affairs

  • Member, Argentina’s Economic and Social Council

  • Member, Vinnova’s Advisory Panel in Sweden

  • Member, Norway’s Research Council


  • 2021 Grande Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana

  • 2020 John von Neumann Award

  • 2020 50 Most Creative People in Business, Fast Company

  • 2018 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought

  • 2015 Hans-Matthöfer-Preis

  • 2014 New Statesman SPERI Prize in Political Economy

  • 2013 3 Most Important Thinkers about Innovation, New Republic

  • 25 Leaders shaping the future of capitalism, WIRED