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Chris Heemskerk

Chris Heemskerk

Keynote speaker and Innovation Leader with a background at Google & Apple USA. His mission is to share Silicon Valley's innovation secrets with the rest of the world. How can you continue to innovate as an organization? He speaks about Innovation | Artificial Intelligence (AI) | Digital Transformation.

Transition & Transformation, Artificial intelligence [AI], Technology, Innovation
Visionair | Innovator, Keynote speaker, Strategist
Breakout session, Business coach, Keynote speaker
Languages spoken
English Dutch
Travels from
The Netherlands


Chris Heemskerk is a Global Innovation Accelerator and Strategist. 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, Chris Heemskerk 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.

Leading for Innovation

‘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.

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.

Chris Heemskerk 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 (eiis.eu), 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. Chris Heemskerk alternates between Europe and The United States.


Breakout session
Business coach
Keynote speaker


Innovation Strategy, Innovation Culture, Innovation Leadership
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Digital Transformation

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.

‍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
Frameworks: Introduction to The Innovation Scorecard™
Engagement: Interactive poll & quiz using mobile devices

The Innovation Scorecard™
An engaging workshop to unlock break-through innovation opportunities in your organization.

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.

During the workshop, leadership teams will gain an understanding of their innovation related strengths and weaknesses, and develop targeted strategies for improvement.

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.