Mariana Mazzucato delivered CPD’s John Menadue Oration | December 2018

Slides from Mariana’s John Menadue Oration are available here.

This week the brilliant Professor Mariana Mazzucato, one of the world’s most influential and forward-thinking economists, is visiting Australia as a guest of the Centre for Policy Development. #mazzucato #publicvalue

Mariana is the author of a trio of best-selling books that call for a more dynamic public sector and a better understanding of what truly creates value in our economies – and what destroys it. Her work makes a powerful case that governments have stepped back from their critical role driving technological innovation and targeting a direction, as well as a rate, for economic growth. It also highlights the dangers of conflating value-creating activities with value-extraction – especially in a financial sector that focuses on maximising near-term returns for shareholders at the expense of long-term social value.

Mariana is the founder and director of the University College of London’s Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, which aims to train and inspire the next generation of global leaders to tackle mission-oriented societal goals around issues like climate change and inequality. She’s also an expert advisor to policymakers, governments and institutions around the world. You can read her full bio here.

We are delighted to be bringing Mariana’s expertise, insights and ideas to Australia for the first time. Her visit comes at a unique and important time in Australian politics and policy. The Thodey review of the Australian Public Service and the Financial System Royal Commission are considering new ways to make our public and private sectors fit-for-purpose in the 21st century. And revolving-door leadership in Canberra – and a worrying decline in Australian’s faith in their system of government do deliver – mean that big ideas for rebuilding effective and trusted government, public policy and business are more important than ever.

If you would like to hear from Mariana in person, we have good news – you can reserve your tickets to public events in Sydney and Melbourne below. Mariana will also be talking with leading Australian policymakers, researchers and journalists during her visit. We will update this page with updates and links to media coverage of Mariana’s visit, so check back here during the week to stay in touch with the latest, or follow on Twitter through the hashtags #mazzucato and #publicvalue.

In the meantime, below you can view Mariana’s 2013 TED Talk from for a snapshot of her ideas – and visit her website to read more about her research and policy work.


Coverage and related media

Are we overlooking the role of the public sector in the economy, Interview with Laura Tingle for ABC 730 program, 10 December 2018.

On a mission: saving democracy, Travers McLeod, Sam Hurley and Allison Orr, Inside Story, 6 December 2018

When banks disappoint, let the state step up: contrarian economist Mariana Mazzucato, Hans van Leeuwen, Australian Financial Review, 7 December 2018

Mariana Mazzucato discusses how to improve our economy, Geraldine Doogue, ABC’s Saturday Extra, 8 December 2018

Innovate before it is too late, warms economist Mariana Mazzucato, Company Director Magazine, 1 December 2018.


 Public events

Public address: Rethinking innovation policy, Sydney, Monday 10 December (sold out)

Co-hosted by CPD and UTS

UTS, 5:30pm-7:30pm


CPD 2018 John Menadue Oration: Can the State Deliver? Sydney, Tuesday 11 December

Keynote address by Mariana Mazzucato followed by a panel discussion with Laura Tingle and Glyn Davis AC

Hosted by the Centre for Policy Development

Carriageworks, Sydney 5:30pm-730pm. RSVP for free here.


Public forum – Innovation & Cities Melbourne, Thursday 13 December

Co-hosted by CPD, the City of Melbourne and Monash Sustainable Development Institute

Featuring Mariana Mazzucato in conversation with Glyn Davis AC, Sarah Person and John Thwaites

The Wheeler Centre, Melbourne 12:30pm. RSVP for free here.


Foundation for Young Australia’s Breakfast, Melbourne Friday 14 December

FYA Hub 8:00am-9:30am. RSVP for free here.


CEDA lunch – Rethinking Business, Melbourne, Friday 14 December 18

Co-hosted by CPD, CEDA and Monash University

Featuring Mariana Mazzucato, Clare O’Neil MP, Sam Mostyn and Melinda Cilento

Sofitel Melbourne, 11:45am-2:00pm. Tickets available here.


Related reading


Freakonomics podcast with Mariana Mazzucato. 

Mission-Oriented Research & Innovation in the European Union: A problem-solving approach to fuel innovation-led growth, Mariana Mazzucato.

Leave a Comment