Director General Francis Gurry

Francis Gurry has led WIPO as Director General since October 1, 2008. He was reappointed in May 2014 for a second six-year term, which runs through September 2020.

Under his leadership, WIPO is addressing major challenges. These include managing the stress on the international patent and copyright systems produced by rapid technological change, by globalization and increased demand; reducing the knowledge gap between developed and developing countries; and ensuring that the intellectual property (IP) system serves its fundamental purpose of encouraging creativity and innovation in all countries.

To equip WIPO to meet these evolving challenges, Francis Gurry has led a comprehensive program of organizational change, realigning WIPO’s programs, resources and structures with re-defined strategic goals.

Director General Francis Gurry (photo: WIPO).
More photos on Flickr.


Address to WIPO Assemblies 2018 -
Address to The National Federation of the Blind National Convention Jul 8, 2018 Audio, Address by Director General Francis Gurry to The National Federation of the Blind National Convention (Orlando, Florida, July 8, 2018 Audio
Briefing to Ambassadors: Results in 2017 | Program Highlights 2018 PDF, Presentation of the Director General of WIPO at the briefing for Ambassadors on March 22, 2018, in Geneva

Photos & videos

Photos on Flickr of official engagements and events.

Videos on YouTube of Francis Gurry's speeches and press conferences.

In the media

Interviews with the Director General and other press articles.

DG's annual reports

Annual reports to the WIPO Assemblies.