Competence Centers

i2i Hub for Innovation and Cross-Sector Partnerships


The i2i Hub seeks to provide systematic research to:

  • catalyze innovation in International Organizations
  • develop learning based partnerships across organizations, including private and public sector
  • spur and disseminate ideas to create impact
  • be a place for eye-to-eye (i2i) exchange of knowledge


The Demand for Generating and Sharing Knowledge in Geneva International organizations are increasingly embracing innovation strategies and initiatives as a way to renew and remain relevant in today’s changing environment. Intrapreneurship is a critical driver of this innovation but often organizations struggle to inspire such behavior and are lacking the structures to catalyze innovative ideas.

To address this challenge, we conduct systematic research to understand which factors help innovation thrive in international organizations. We disseminate this knowledge in order to support innovation leaders and enable organizations to learn from each other and implement best practices. The i2i Hub provides a knowledge sharing platform in the area of innovation at the service of international organizations in Geneva, while including private and public sector organizations who are important stakeholders and collaborators.

The SDGs are unlikely to be met by 2030 without rapid, all-encompassing innovation. There is demand in Geneva by International Organizations for a platform that connects International Organizations as well as (International) NGOs and private sector to share innovation best practices, systematically collect data and disseminate results. Currently, there is a lack of communication between International Organizations. As many organizations reflect on their innovation journeys, there is a need for learning and input from academia, as a neutral convener.

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