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21st William G. Demas Memorial Lecture

May 21, 2021

The William G. Demas Memorial Lecture seeks to honour the thought leadership of CDB’s Second President, William G. Demas, by showcasing matters of significance to economic development in CDB’s member countries. Over the past 20 years, CDB has successfully attracted prominent and internationally recognised distinguished guest speakers from both academia and contemporary business to deliver the W.G. Demas Memorial Lecture.

This year is no different - the Bank has engaged Professor Mariana Mazzucato, Director of the University College London Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose. Professor Mazzucato will provide insights on the topic, 'Innovation in Small Open Economies.'


Featured Speaker's Bio

Professor Mazzucato wearing white topMariana 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 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 the newly released, 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 Economic Council on Health for All and a member of the South African President’s Economic Advisory Council, the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisors, and the United Nations High-level Advisory Board (HLAB) on Economic and Social Affairs, among others.

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