Economist Mariana Mazzucato is a new coach for our fractious team

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Economist Mariana Mazzucato is a new coach for our fractious team

She has won disciples in high places — including in SA — with her focus on innovation as key to inclusive growth

William Gumede

Mariana Mazzucato, the high-flying economist whose advice is sought by governments around the globe, cannot find her earphones.

We are on a WhatsApp call and one of her children has made off with her hands-free accessories, so we can’t start until she finds another pair.

Parents will be familiar with the frustration of having their offspring interfere with devices. Mazzucato balances raising four young children with a demanding job that includes giving talks on public sector innovation, values and transformation in capitals around the world...

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