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John Menadue Oration 2018 delivered by Professor Mariana Mazzucato: Can the State Deliver?




5.30pm – 7.30pm



245 Wilson Street

Eveleigh, NSW 2015

Professor Mariana Mazzucato will deliver CPD’s second annual John Menadue Oration on 11 December 2018 in Sydney.

Mariana is Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value and is an advisor to governments and institutions around the world, including theUN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Leadership Council; the Council of Economic Advisors for the First Minister of Scotland; the Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation for the European Union; the Secretary-General of the OECD; and the SITRA Advisory Panel in Finland.

The Oration will be followed by a conversation between Professor Mariana Mazzucato and David Thodey AO, who is chairing the independent review of the Australian Public Service. The conversation will be moderated byLaura Tingle, ABC 7:30’s political correspondent.

Mariana is also the Founder and Director of the University College London’s (UCL) Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP). Her keynote speech will touch on her thought-provoking new book The Value of Everything which looks at the way economic value has been determined and how this has blurred the lines between wealth creation and wealth extraction. Her previous book, The Entrepreneurial State, focused on the need to develop new frameworks to understand the role of the state in economic growth, and was on the 2013 Books of the Year list of the Financial Times.

Mariana is the winner of the 2014 New Statesman SPERI Prize in Political Economy, the 2015 Hans-Matthöfer-Preis, and the 2018 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. She was named as one of the ‘three most important thinkers about innovation‘ by the New Republic.

CPD’s annual oration has been named in honour of John Menadue AO, CPD’s founding Chairperson, in recognition of John’s contribution to public policy in Australia and to CPD. John served as Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet under Prime Ministers Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser, was Australia’s Ambassador to Japan and held senior roles in the business community. He remains a CPD fellow.


ANU-CPD Policy Dialogue: Energy Transitions 




11.30am – 2pm



Australia is in the midst of an energy transition. Energy policy has been driven by the sometimes conflicting priorities of price, reliability and emissions reductions, in an environment that has become intensely political. It is essential to Australia’s future that there is a fair and just transition to clean energy, but this will take leadership. How can governments and businesses best facilitate this transition? What are the implications for competitiveness and growth? Where can technological innovations be most effectively harnessed? What are the risks?

The next ANU-CPD policy roundtable will be an opportunity for leaders from government, business, civil society, academia and the media to discuss the opportunities and risks of Australia’s energy transition. The discussion will be hosted by ANU’s Chancellor Gareth Evans AC QC.

To kick-off the roundtable discussion, we’ll hear from three experts on energy and climate issues:

  • Clare Savage (Deputy Chair, Energy Security Board);
  • Professor Frank Jotzo (ANU Professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy; Co-director of the Australian-German Energy Transition Hub); and
  • Dr Tim Nelson (Chief Economist, AGL).