Chris Heemskerk – Keynote Speaker

Founder of The Innovation Alliance, Former Head of Scaled Acquisitions at Google North America, Author of The Innovation Scorecard™

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Specialist Subjects

  • The Innovation Experience™
  • Frameworks: Introduction to The Innovation Scorecard™
  • Cases: How the world’s most innovative firms operate
  • Strategy: How to build an innovation engine for your organization
  • Leadership: How to build a culture of Innovation
  • Models: The secrets of successful Innovation Labs
  • Measuring impact: Innovation Accounting
  • Methods: Innovation by leveraging Design Thinking
  • Engagement: Interactive poll & quiz using mobile devices


  • English


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.

Popular Talks by Chris Heemskerk

The Innovation Experience™

An insightful presentation that answers: ‘How do some firms manage to innovate time and again, while others fail?’
Learn the secrets of Silicon Valley’s top innovators, as Chris Heemskerk takes you on a journey in leading for innovation.
‍Discover how the world’s leading firms build organizations that are able to develop break-through innovations in a repeatable and scalable manner, versus the well-known one-offs.
Leveraging the art & science of building innovative cultures and developing strategies to support these, the audience will gain exclusive insights derived from cutting-edge institutions such as Google, Apple, Harvard & Stanford.

Frameworks: Introduction to The Innovation Scorecard™

The Innovation Scorecard™ (TIS™) is a comprehensive framework that is designed to identify innovation opportunities within organizations across 4 key pillars: Culture, Organization, External Dimensions and Effectiveness.
Drawing from over a decade of professional experience at technology companies such as Google and Apple, and informed by a rigorous literature review of more than 130 peer-reviewed publications on the subject, the framework is underpinned by Innovation, Leadership and Design Thinking certifications obtained from Harvard School of Business and Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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