How Mariana Mazzucato aims to get the state dreaming again

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How Mariana Mazzucato aims to get the state dreaming again

The Italian-born, US-raised professor is no-nonsense and articulate about her ideas, which she now brings to SA

Lynley Donnelly

Even after stepping off an international flight, and despite a troublesome phone line, economics professor Mariana Mazzucato comes across exactly as she does in her countless podcasts, YouTube videos and articles. No-nonsense, forthright and articulate about her ideas.  

Those ideas – which have led her to advise everyone including firebrand US politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, European commissioner for research, science and innovation Carlos Moedas and the government of Scotland – have captured the imagination of a number of SA  government officials.

Mazzucato now counts President Cyril Ramaphosa’s economic advisory council, which met for the first time on Wednesday, among her many advisory roles...

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