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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 >>

The Middle East Competitiveness Report

Regional and Territorial Analysis




This report examines the economic competitiveness of a cohort of regions in the Middle East.

It explores the fact that whilst many Middle Eastern regions may owe some of their competitiveness to the natural advantages of oil reserves, for others their competitiveness has been achieved through other means...

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Economic Diversification Policies in Natural Resource Rich Economies


Book published by Routledge


Economic Diversification Policies in Natural Resource Rich Economies takes a special interest in the policy experiences of a set of different countries for which extractive industries represent significant drivers of their economies and consequently are significant contributors to government revenues. The book explores several cases including upper-middle to high income economies such as Canada, Australia, Iceland and Norway, emerging economies such as Latin America, the GCC (Saudi and UAE), Kazakhstan, Malaysia and Russia, and the developing economy of Uganda...

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Black Swan Start-ups: Understanding the Rise of Successful Technology Business in Unlikely Places


Book published by Palgrave Macmillan


Celebrating the UAE’s Year of Reading, an initiative of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to make the UAE a global hub for culture and knowledge, the IIPI is pleased to announce a new book that offers unique insights into unsung models of success in locations beyond Asia’s ‘tiger economies’ and America’s Silicon Valley. The author attributes these so-called ‘black swan events’ to the ability of entrepreneurs to leverage the ‘place surplus’ of their respective locations while building connections to support networks outside their immediate geographies. Case studies include Skype in Estonia, SoundCloud in Berlin and Bayt.Com in Dubai...

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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


In the News


The National - 7 September 2016

English is the Modern Lingua Franca

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Nature - 31 August 2016

The Middle East: An End to Oil Dependency

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PROJECT SYNDICATE - 19 August 2016

An OPEC for Migrant Labor?

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The Gulf States’ Expat Dividend

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The Triumphs and Struggles of Arab Startups

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