Chris Heemskerk

Chris Heemskerk

Innovation Expert, Ex-Apple & Ex-Google Innovation Labs, USA

Speaker biography

Drawing from over a decade of experience at leading technology firms, including Google and Apple. He 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 Heemskerk 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.

Chris Heemskerk talks about the importance of adopting an innovation strategy in your business.

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 is a sought-after innovation speaker and workshop presenter at Google and has appeared at the Arizona Technology Council’s CEO Summit 2023, co-chaired by Honeywell and Intel, among others.

Chris Heemskerk Lecture topics

Keynote: Building an Innovation Engine

The audience will learn about the art and science of innovation that is practiced by the world’s leading organizations, and what we can learn from them.

  • 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?

The keynote provides concrete, actionable steps to drive innovation in your organization with the use of the proprietary framework called The Innovation Scorecard™️.

Keynote: Building an AI-First Company

  • Background & Fundamentals of AI, and Sample Use Cases for Your Organization
  • Why is it important, why should we care, and why now?
  • How to Build an AI-First Organization
  • How should we determine which AI projects to take on, and which to leave out?
  • How do we get our people to adopt AI technology in our organization?
  • How do we find AI use cases across our organization?

Heemskerk: “We’re on a mission to make Silicon Valley’s innovation strategies accessible worldwide.”

Chris’s educational journey is rooted in his passion for lifelong learning. He 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. Residentially, he alternates between Europe and The United States together with his wife and son.



The Innovation Scorecard™ by The Innovation Alliance (Chris Heemskerk)
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