Chris Heemskerk

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"We’re on a mission to make Silicon Valley’s innovation strategies accessible worldwide."


Drawing from over a decade of experience at leading technology firms, including Google and Apple, Chris Heemskerk showcases his vision on corporate innovation by heading The Innovation Alliance, a global network of tech executives and innovation leaders.


As former Head of Scaled Acquisitions for Google in North America, Chris transformed his business operation into a global center for innovation and operational excellence. Hence, he was asked to serve as an advisor to Google's Innovation Lab and established a partnership with Harvard Business School to document the lab’s endeavors in two HBS Case Studies, in which he features.


In pursuit of providing organizations the necessary resources to innovate consistently, he authored The Innovation Scorecard™️, a comprehensive framework that enables firms to maximize their innovation capabilities and discover new growth opportunities.


He has been a sought-after innovation speaker and workshop facilitator both internally at Google and externally, including features at The United Nations in Rome and the Arizona Technology Council's CEO Summit of 2023.


Chris's educational journey is rooted in his passion for lifelong learning. He is a faculty member of The European Institute of Innovation for Sustainability, and holds Executive Certifications in Innovation Leadership from Harvard Business School (HBS), and acquired sponsorship to attend the HBS High Potential Leadership Program of 2019. He’s certified in Design Thinking at Stanford University, and holds an MSc in Marketing from the London School of Business and Finance.


He alternates between Europe and The United States together with his wife and two-year-old son.


Speaking Topics:

  • Innovation Culture
  • Innovation Strategy
  • Innovation Labs


The audience will learn how the world’s most innovative companies operate, and what we can learn from them. The keynote provides concrete, actionable steps with The Innovation Scorecard™️.

  • ‘’How can some firms innovate consistently, while most cannot?’’
  • ‘’How can you build an Innovation Engine for your organization?’’
  • ‘’How can you build and lead a culture of Innovation in your organization?’’

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"What an inspiring and insightful MasterclassQ We have received great feedback from our audience. People want to learn more about the applications of the Innovation Scorecard to sustainable development, so we hope to have you back at the United Nations in Rome very soon!"

Gladys Morales, Senior Officer, Global Head of Innovation at United Nations - IFAD

"Chris is a great speaker on the topic of innovation. He's able to both motivate diverse senior leaders and effectively convey a powerful, contextual message. I find him an amazing professional."

Borislav Tadic, CPO & Member of the Executive Board, 1&1 Versatel

"Your keynote was well received by all, and especially by our president. It elevated out event and perfectly fit in the innovation focused program. We truly appreciate you being part of this important R&D gathering."

Milan Ivosevic, VP of Global R&D, CooperSurgical