UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


State capacity and the green revolution we need with Prof Mariana Mazzucato and Mia Mottley

21 February 2023, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm

State capacity and the green revolution we need

Join us to hear Prof Mariana Mazzucato and Mia Mottley discuss what it means for governments to lead a just green transition.

This event is free.

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How can governments take the lead in creating the new economic systems we need to secure flourishing futures for people, place and planet?

Bringing Professor Mariana Mazzucato, a world-leading economist heralded as one of the ‘25 leaders shaping the future of capitalism’ (WIRED), together with Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados and one of TIME’s 100 most influential world leaders, this event offers a unique opportunity to hear two global trailblazers discuss what it means for governments to lead a just green transition. 

They will discuss the need for state leadership to align economic growth and climate goals, the importance of building state capacity to lead instead of over-relying on the consulting industry – drawing on Professor Mazzucato’s forthcoming book, The Big Con: How the Consulting Industry Weakens our Businesses, Infantilizes our Governments and Warps our Economies – and their new collaboration on a green industrial strategy for Barbados. Together they will question how governments can reclaim leadership and drive innovation and growth in the face of economic and climate insecurity.

Speakers: Professor Mariana Mazzucato, Founding Director UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose and Honourable Mia Amor Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados.

Where: RSA House, The Great Room London WC2N 6EZ and online.

When: Tuesday 21 February 2023 at 18:00–17:30 (GMT).

About the Speakers

Prof Mariana Mazzucato

Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value, Director, UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose at UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose

Mariana Mazzucato
Mariana Mazzucato (PhD) is Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London (UCL), where she is Founding Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose (IIPP). She is winner of international prizes including the Grande Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana in 2021, Italy's highest civilian honour, the 2020 John von Neumann Award, the 2019 All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values, and 2018 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. She was named as one of the '3 most important thinkers about innovation' by The New Republic, one of the 50 most creative people in business in 2020 by Fast Company, and one of the 25 leaders shaping the future of capitalism by WIRED.  

She is the author of three highly-acclaimed books: The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths (2013), The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy (2018) and most recently Mission Economy: A Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism (2021). She advises policymakers around the world on innovation-led inclusive and sustainable growth. Her current roles include being Chair of the World Health Organization's Council on the Economics of Health for All, Co-Chair of the Global Commission on the Economics of Water, a member of the South African President’s Economic Advisory Council, the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisors, the European Space Agency’s High-Level Advisory Group on Human and Robotic Space Exploration for Europe, and the United Nations High-level Advisory Board (HLAB) on Economic and Social Affairs, among others.  More about Prof Mariana Mazzucato

Mia Amor Mottley

Prime Minister of Barbados

Mia Amor Mottley
The Honourable Mia Amor Mottley, S.C., M.P., is the 8th Prime Minister of Barbados and leader of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP).

Born in Barbados on October 1, 1965, Prime Minister Mottley has spent the majority of her life in pursuit of developing a spirit of excellence for herself, for her country and for the Caribbean region.

Ms Mottley was re-elected as Prime Minister on May 24, 2018, after leading the BLP to a second consecutive clean sweep of a General Elections. Meanwhile, Ms Mottley continues to serve as Member of Parliament for St Michael North East, a seat she has held for eight consecutive terms since first securing it in 1994.

An established Attorney-at-Law and Queen’s Counsel who has been called to the Bar in England, Wales and Barbados, Ms Mottley has had an active and successful political life in Barbados for over three decades, becoming Barbados’ youngest ever Queen's Counsel, its first female Attorney General, the first female leader of the BLP and the Opposition, and the first female Prime Minister of Barbados.

Ms Mottley’s service to excellence has also been recognised internationally, being bestowed a number of honours including, the Order of Roraima, the Order of the Golden Heart of Kenya and being named one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people of 2022.

Additionally, the Prime Minister has chaired a number of committees, and currently currently serves as, the Co-Chair of the WHO Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial Resistance, Co-Chair of the Sustainable Development Goals Advocates group and Lead Head of Government within CARICOM, bearing responsibility for the CARICOM Single Market and Economy, among others.

With an unbridled love for all people, culture and the environment, Prime Minister Mottley
continues to work on behalf of Barbados and the Caribbean region. More about Mia Amor Mottley