UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Professor Mariana Mazzucato joins world leaders at WEF 2019

23 January 2019

Professor Mariana Mazzucato, Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP), has joined global leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, providing expertise around globalisation and competitiveness.

Mariana Mazzucato on WEF19 panel

Throughout the forum, Professor Mazzucato is taking part in and leading several discussions, meetings and workshops, exchanging ideas and insight as part of wide-ranging conversations about the future of the world economy. 

Wednesday | More than GDP

Today, (Wednesday 23 January) Professor Mazzucato was part of a televised panel discussion entitled ‘More than GDP’, which explores alternative critical measures of economic and social progress as a method of measuring a nation’s progress alongside GDP. What can government, business and civil society leaders do to better capture the less-tangible factors of inclusive growth?

Mariana Mazzucato on WEF19 panel

This featured Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand; Angel Gurria, Secretary-General of the OECD; Ohood Bint Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of State for Happiness and Well Being of the UAE and Erik Brynjolfsson, Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy.

You can view the panel discussion here.

Thursday | Competitiveness in the Digital Age

On Thursday, Professor Mazzucato will be running a workshop titled ‘Competitiveness in the Digital Age’, which will convene leaders and experts to share a new model of competitiveness in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 

Technological change and intangible assets, such as patents, brands, algorithms, human capital and data, are likely to be the driving forces that will shape the competitiveness of our economies in the future.

How can the intangible economy of the Fourth Industrial Revolution deliver tangible benefits across all sectors of society?

Friday | Global Economy in Transition: Shaping a New Architecture

On Friday, the final day of the annual conference in Davos, she will be part of a panel discussion, ‘Global Economy in Transition: Shaping a New Architecture’, which will look at how to shape a more equitable and collaborative global architecture that is beneficial for future prosperity, environmental sustainability and global security.

The debate will be chaired by Christine Lagarde, MD of the International Monetary Fund and will include Haruhiko Kuroda, Governor of the Bank of Japan and Kristalina Georgieva, CEO of the World Bank.

Friday panel at WEF19

Update: You can now view a recording of the panel discussion here.

Friday | What Should Globalization 4.0 Look Like?

Also on Friday, Professor Mazzucato will chair ‘What Should Globalization 4.0 Look Like?’, which will discuss whether or how the next wave of globalisation will be shaped by the Fourth Industrial Revolution; what global architecture do we need to ensure it is safer, fairer and more sustainable than in the past? And what values should underpin it and what forms should its institutions take? This session will be uploaded onto the WEF website later in the day.

The full schedule for the World Economic Forum is here.