Johnson’s Dean Dutta Presents Global Innovation Index 2013

Cornell University President David Skorton and others join discussion on drivers of global innovation

Johnson’s Dean Dutta Presents Global Innovation Index 2013

An audience of more than 100 today attended the U.S. presentation of the Global Innovation Index 2013 (GII), co-edited by Soumitra Dutta, the Anne and Elmer Lindseth Dean, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. In its sixth year, the GII has become a chief benchmarking tool for business executives, policy makers and others seeking insight into the state of innovation around the world.

The study is co-published by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a specialized agency of the United Nations; INSEAD, and Cornell University. It is supported by its knowledge partners Booz & Company, the Confederation of Indian Industry, telecommunications companies du and Huawei, as well as of an advisory board of 14 international experts.

The GII 2013 looked at 142 economies around the world, using 84 indicators including the quality of top universities, availability of microfinance, venture capital deals - gauging both innovation capabilities and measurable results. The United States rejoined the five most-innovative nations and the United Kingdom moved up to the third spot while Switzerland retained its place atop the rankings.

Panelists at today’s presentation focused much of the discussion on local eco-systems as drivers of innovation. Cornell University’s David Skorton spoke briefly on local and regional innovation, giving as an example New York State’s innovation “hot spot” program, which sites emerging technology businesses near university campuses; and Cornell NYC Tech, the university’s new graduate campus that aims to educate the next generation of leaders who will advance technology, generate cutting-edge research that addresses critical issues, and be a significant contributor to the New York City community.

Skorton was joined on the panel by Daniel Huttenlocher, dean and vice provost of Cornell NYC Tech; Francis Gurry, director general of WIPO; Teresa Stanek Rea, acting undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce;  Robert Kahn, who spearheaded creation of the Internet, now chairman, CEO and president of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives; and Barry Jaruzelski, senior partner at Booz & Co.

The GII 2013 was unveiled in Geneva, Switzerland, on July 1, 2013, at the high-level segment of United Nation’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The report and its co-editors were introduced by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

The complete Global Innovation Index 2013 is available online, along with photos and videos from the Geneva launch and New York City presentation.

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