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

Release of the Global Innovation Index 2016

The Global Innovation Index 2016 was released on August 15, 2016. Switzerland, Sweden, UK, U.S., Finland and Singapore lead the 2016 rankings of the world’s most innovative economies; China joins the top 25.


GII highlights


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

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

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Video interviews

  • Francis Gurry, WIPO Director General, on the global dimension of innovation Video | Watch on YouTube
  • Soumitra Dutta, co-editor (Cornell University), on regional innovation developments and policies. Video | Watch on YouTube
  • Bruno Lanvin, co-editor (INSEAD), on trends in the GII 2016 and innovation success strategies. Video | Watch on YouTube

GII 2016 events

  • India GII launch event PDF, GII India event program (August 19, 2016, New Delhi, India)
  • Roundtable forum PDF, GII China event program (August 30, 2016, Beijing, China)
  • GII presentation (September 21, 2016, Port Louis, Mauritius)
  • WIPO/INSEAD GII event (October 13, 2016, Singapore)

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 | Past editions of the GII