“In 2020, the Global Innovation Index (GII) welcomes two new members to its esteemed Advisory Board: Clare Akamanzi, the Chief Executive Officer of the Rwanda Development Board, and Heizo Takenaka, the Director of the Center for Global Innovation Studies in Toyo University and former Minister of Japan," reads the statement.
In 2011, an Advisory Board was established to provide advice on the research underlying the Global Innovation Index (GII), generate synergies at its stages of development, and assist with the dissemination of its messages and results.
The Advisory Board is a select group of leading international practitioners with expertise in the realm of innovation. Its members are from diverse geographical and institutional backgrounds and participate in their personal capacity. In 2020, the GII Advisory Board is comprised of 17 members in total.
Its members come from diverse geographical and institutional backgrounds and participate in their personal capacity.
Among the high profile figures members of the GII are the Director General of UNESCO Audrey Azoulay, Houlin Zhao, ITO Secretary General and Fabiola Gianotti, Head of European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).
The GII report is co-published by Cornell University, a US-based Ivy League research university, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a specialized UN agency.
The 2020 index is expected Wednesday, September 2, marking the 13th edition; it includes 131 economies, which represent 93.5 percent of the world’s population.
This edition, with the theme "Who Will Finance Innovation?", sheds light on the state of innovation financing by investigating the evolution of financing mechanisms for entrepreneurs and other innovators; it is expected to also point out the remaining challenges - including in the context of the economic slowdown induced by the Covid-19 crisis.