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The INSEAD Innovation and Policy Initiative (IIPI) was set up in April 2010 on the Abu Dhabi campus to work with governments across the Middle East region on innovation policy related issues. Its mission is to become a leading resource and knowledge hub on the role of government in fostering innovative activities in businesses and the wider community. Read more about us...


The Power Language Index

The Most Influential Languages in the World


There are over 6,000 languages spoken in the world today, but a third of them have fewer than 1,000 speakers; 15 languages are spoken by half of the world’s population. At the May Policy breakfast seminar, Dr. Kai L. Chan examined the efficacy of language in geography (travel), economy, communication and diplomacy. >>

Designing Happiness

Guest speakers from the Dubai Knowledge & Human Development Authority (KHDA) shared insights at the IIPI Policy breakfast seminar in April on “Designing Happiness”. Happiness at work, they insisted, affects every aspect of daily life. Creativity and innovation is the source of every single step in the happiness journey. >>



IIPI Celebrating UAE Innovation Week:


Policy Innovation Processor (PIP) Workshop >>


Government Innovation Lab >>



         KPIs for Innovation in 

         Government >>

The Global Competitiveness of Regions >>


          Open Innovation>>


Innovative Labour Market Reforms >>

Towards an Effective Multi-stakeholder Consultation Process: Applying the Imagine Method in Context of Abu Dhabi’s Education Policy


Systemic Practice and Action Research

This paper is concerned with the many interleaving issues that emerge when engaging multiple stakeholders in decision-making. Whilst recognising the intrinsic value of group work and keeping in mind the numerous issues that obstruct group work (including multiple roles for participants, bias due to domination and distortion emerging from uneven group inputs), we applied the Imagine method to propose a new framework... Read paper

Investing in Future Leaders:

How Impact Investment Can Enable Underprivileged Talents to Access Best-in-Class Higher Education


A report commissioned by Credit Suisse

Research has shown that higher education is correlated with lower unemployment and higher income, making it a powerful tool in combatting poverty. Yet these economic gains are only the tip of the iceberg for those students who attend prestigious universities, located in high-income developed countries. For students who attend these best-in-class tertiary institutions, the benefits extend to... Read paper

The Healthcare Sector in the United Arab Emirates

Innovation Brief No. 4

In partnership with AlixPartners, a global business advisory company, the IIPI launched its fourth Innovation Brief on “The Healthcare Sector in the United Arab Emirates”.

This innovation brief starts by highlighting trends in healthcare innovation both globally and regionally, before showcasing some successful healthcare innovations in the UAE. The brief also presents a detailed SWOT analysis of the healthcare innovation system in the UAE, and then provides suggested ways forward for the UAE healthcare policymaking. Read more

Teaching and Learning for the Twenty-first Century >>>
The Anatomy of Innovation >>>

Abu Dhabi Sustainable Business Leadership Forum 2016 >>>

World Government Summit >>

Contemporary Government Roles in the Knowledge Economy Era >>
INSEAD Innovation & Policy Initiative Newsletter - Vol5/Issue16 - June 2016. Read more


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