Wednesday, August 20, 2014


The launch of the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2014 took place on July 18 in Sydney, Australia. Australia’s Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane joined authors of the report and its partners in Sydney at a gathering of international business leaders (known as B20) which is part of Australia’s preparations to host the annual Group of Twenty (G20) Leaders Summit on November 15-16, 2014.

Global launch

The GII 2014 was officially launched in a panel discussion on innovation and growth (video) chaired by Francis Gurry, Director General of WIPO and hosted by Fatima Beattie, Deputy Director General of IP Australia.

GII co-editor Bruno Lanvin (INSEAD) presented key points of the 2014 report (slides).

Panelists from the public sector, business and academia stressed the importance of innovation to produce new sources of growth, and to create linkages between science, universities, businesses and the market place to generate impactful innovations. In addition, the linking of development policies with enabling environments for innovation, and an outlook on remaining challenges for developing countries were discussed.


  • Yuko Harayama, Executive Member, Council for Science, Technology and Innovation, Cabinet Office Government of Japan;
  • Alan Finkel Chancellor of Monash University, President of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE);
  • John Danilovich, Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce; and
  • Futhi Mtoba, Former Chairman of Deloitte Southern Africa, Chairperson of Council of the University of Pretoria.


  Regional events

  Policy makers, academics, and business representatives participated in several      regional GII events around the world in:

  •   Dubai, United Arab Emirates (hosted by du) on July 21, 2014
  •   Bogotá, Colombia (hosted by the Ministry of Telecommunications, Information    and Communications (MinTIC) on July 29, 2014

  These events looked at the GII from a regional perspective, to address the current    strengths and areas requiring improvement for each of the respective regions.

  A third regional event will take place in Shenzhen, China on October 13, 2014.


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