Chris Heemskerk – the “5 Premium Speakers Questions”

27. May 2024 – Mandy Weinand

Chris Heemskerk is a seasoned innovation expert with over a decade of professional experience at leading technology companies such as Google and Apple. He is the founder of The Innovation Alliance, a global network of technology executives and innovation leaders. At Google, he served as head of Scaled Acquisitions in North America and was instrumental in transforming his business operation into a global centre for innovation and operational excellence. Heemskerk also served as an advisor to the Google Innovation Lab and collaborated with Harvard Business School on two case studies.

He developed The Innovation Scorecard™️, a framework to help companies maximise their innovation capabilities and discover new growth opportunities. Chris Heemskerk is also a sought-after speaker and workshop presenter.

Interview with Chris Heemskerk

1. What are the core subjects of your keynote speeches?

Chris Heemskerk:

My 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. In addition, audiences will learn how to build an AI first company.

2. Which audience or which branch do you reach with your speech?

Chris Heemskerk:

C-Suite, Sr. Executives, Management & Leadership (industry agnostic)

3. Are you a PREMIUM SPEAKER? Where do you get your insights from?

Chris Heemskerk:

As an advisor to Google’s Innovation Lab, I partnered with Harvard Business School to document Google’s Innovation Labs in a case study in which I feature. As the Founder & CEO of The Innovation Alliance, a global network of elite tech executives and innovation leaders, I have monthly meetings with Alliance Members to exchange the latest insights and best practices on innovation management.

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

Additionally, I am a faculty member of The European Institute of Innovation for Sustainability ( and hold Executive Certifications in Innovation Leadership from Harvard Business School (HBS). I received sponsorship to attend the HBS High Potential Leadership Program in 2019. I am also certified in Design Thinking at Stanford University and hold an MSc in Marketing from the London School of Business and Finance.

4. What will be in the future? Does «time» play an important role in your work?

Chris Heemskerk:

We are passionate about our mission: to empower every forward-thinking organization to reach their peak innovative potential. We envision a future where every organization has a dedicated innovation strategy tailored to their unique needs, rather than relying solely on a general corporate strategy. To realize this vision at scale, we are committed to expanding our efforts in education and the evangelization of cutting-edge innovation methods.

5. Tell us your life motto? What do you want to give your listeners to take with them?

Chris Heemskerk:

“True innovation is entrepreneurship.”

Chris Heemskerk

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