Tim Pallas, Martijn Wilder to join Mazzucato forum in Melbourne

James Riley
Editorial Director

Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas will join renowned economist and author Mariana Mazzucato on stage at the one-off Melbourne Dinner Forum being held at the Plaza Ballroom on March 13.

Mr Pallas, who is also the state’s Minister for Economic Growth and is a former Trade and Investment minister, will deliver a welcome keynote ahead of Professor Mazzucato’s address to the Melbourne leg of her Mission-Led Australia speaking tour.

Also participating on a panel with the professor is the National Reconstruction Fund Corporation chair Martijn Wilder, together with Impact Economics lead economist Dr Angela Jackson.

The eagerly anticipated panel discussion on industrial development will be moderated by Breakthrough Victoria chair and former state Premier, John Brumby.

Mariana Mazzucato is Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London and is the founder of the university’s Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose. She is a leading global thinker on industrial policy and her Melbourne Dinner Forum address is a one-off business event in the city.

Professor Mariana Mazzucato, Tim Pallas, John Brumby, Martijn Wilder and Dr Angela Jackson

Mr Wilder is the founder of Pollination, a specialist climate change advisory and investment firm and a former director of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. He was appointed as chair of the NRF Corporation by federal Industry minister Ed Husic in August last year.

As lead economist at Impact Economics and Policy, Dr Angela Jackson leads a team of senior public policy experts across economic and fiscal, health and aged care, gender equity, education and housing policy.

Dr Jackson is a commissioner at the Commonwealth Grants Commission and was recently appointed to the federal government’s COVID-19 Review Panel.

Professor Mazzucato has been a leading global authority on industrial policy, and in particular the role of the state in building both industrial capability and capacity. She is a best-selling author of books on innovation systems, including The Entrepreneurial State and Mission Economy.

Most recently she co-authored The Big Con with Rosie Collington, a book detailing an over-reliance by governments and businesses in many advanced economies on the global consulting houses.

The professor is in Australia for the first time in five years for a short speaking tour. In addition to the Melbourne Dinner Forum with Tim Pallas, Professor Mazzucato will also deliver a public lecture at Melbourne University on March 14.

If you are unable to attend the Melbourne Dinner Forum, you can still book tickets to a Sydney Lunch Forum that includes Industry minister Ed Husic, NSW Treasurer Danial Mookhey, CSIRO chief executive Doug Hilton, UTS vice-chancellor Andrew Parfitt, and Oceanex Energy chief operating officer Emily Scivetti.

The Sydney Public Lecture at University of Technology Sydney is sold out – but you can register for the wait-list here.

The Mariana Mazzucato speaking tour and its ancillary events are made possible with the sponsorship support of:

  • The national science agency, CSIRO
  • The Department of Industry, Science and Resources,
  • Breakthrough Victoria,
  • Investment NSW,
  • The Australian Computer Society,
  • University of Technology Sydney,
  • Sydney School of Entrepreneurship,
  • James Martin Institute for Public Policy,
  • University of Melbourne,
  • The Centre for Policy Development
  • The Industry Capability Network

The Melbourne Dinner Forum is going to sell-out. You can book your table or reserve your seat here.

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