Francis Gurry led WIPO as Director General from October 1, 2008 to September 30, 2020.

Launch of the Global Innovation Index 2015

The Global Innovation Index (GII) ranks the innovation performance of 141 countries and economies around the world, based on 79 indicators. The GII is co-published by WIPO, Cornell University and INSEAD.

The GII 2015 explores the impact of innovation-oriented policies on economic growth and development. High-income and developing countries alike are seeking innovation-driven growth through different strategies. Some countries are successfully improving their innovation capacity, while others still struggle.

Global Innovation Index 2015

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Effective Innovation Policies for Development

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GII highlights


Infographic: Who is leading innovation?

Who is leading innovation?

Infographic: In a perfect world for 

innovation, who would do what?

In a perfect world for innovation, who would do what?


Video interviewsAll GII videos

  • Francis Gurry, WIPO Director General, on innovation policies for development, and on launching the GII in the UK. Video  | Watch on YouTube
  • Soumitra Dutta, co-editor (Cornell University), on learning from top performers and narrowing the innovation divide. Video | Watch on YouTube
  • Bruno Lanvin, co-editor (INSEAD), on methodology and trends in the 2015 report. Video  | Watch on YouTube

2015 launch event

The global launch of the GII took place in London, UK, on September 17. Program for the launch event PDF, GII 2015 launch event programme

Report presentation and panel discussion

VIDEO: Report presentation, and panel discussion on Empowering the innovation economy for growth and development | Watch on YouTube

  • Francis Gurry, Director General, WIPO
  • Baroness Neville-Rolfe, UK Minister for Intellectual Property
  • Bruno Lanvin, Executive Director, INSEAD Global Indices
  • Johan Aurik, Managing Partner and Chairman of the Board, A.T. Kearney
  • Fahad Al Hassawi, Chief Commercial Officer, du – Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company
  • Angela Kukula, Chair, PraxisUnico and Director of Enterprise, The Institute of Cancer Research
  • Simon Edmonds, Director of Catapult Programmes, Innovate UK
  • Cristina Chaminade, Full Professor in Innovation Studies. CIRCLE, Lund University, Sweden
  • Julius Ecuru, Assistant Executive Secretary, Uganda National Council for Science and Technology

Media resources

About the GII

The GII has established itself as a leading reference on innovation and a valuable bench-marking tool for decision-makers. Co-published by WIPO, Cornell University and INSEAD, the report provides an annual ranking of the innovation capabilities and performance of economies around the world.

Innovation plays a key role as a driver of economic growth and prosperity. The GII seeks to improve the way innovation is measured and understood. It recognizes the need for a broad vision of innovation, applicable to developed and emerging economies alike, and includes indicators that go beyond traditional measures of innovation, such as the level of research and development.

More background and resources on the GII.