Sacha Wunsch-Vincent

Member of the Nexa Board of Trustees (2009-2021)

Main affiliation: World Intellectual Property Organisation (Switzerland)

Dr. Sacha Wunsch-Vincent is the Senior Economist at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and Co-Editor of the Global Innovation Index. He joined WIPO in 2010 to help set up WIPO’s economics work under the Chief Economist. At WIPO, he is one of the main authors of the World Intellectual Property Report and the Global Innovation Index. His primary research foci and current area of work are concerned with the interaction of innovation, intellectual property, and economic development. Before joining WIPO, he was an Economist at the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology, and Industry for seven years. Earlier he was the Swiss National Science Fellow at the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology (University of California, Berkeley) and the Peterson Institute for International Economics (Washington, D.C.). He has served as advisor to organizations such as the World Bank and the World Economic Forum, and has testified before governments and parliaments. His recent WIPO-CUP book on “Innovation in the Informal Economy of Developing Counties – Hidden Engine of Innovation?” was published by Cambridge University Press in December 2016. Sacha holds a Master of International Economics from the University of Maastricht with a Masters Thesis at MERIT and a PhD in Economics from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. He teaches International Economics at Sciences Po Paris, and the World Trade Institute in Bern.