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Innovation Council

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Our council is a network of leaders in the field of innovation from many different industries. The members are responsible for business development, innovation, research & technology,strategic marketing, and include executives who oversee technical innovation outside the research function. We meet to optimize ways in which innovation can be harnessed to meet stakeholder goals from the whole enterprise.

The transformational changes in technology and business practices make it increasingly important to exchange and share experience with colleagues facing similar challenges in other industries. Council membership provides a regular opportunity for this vital exchange with an international network of peers. Activities include formal presentations, site visits, workshops and informal discussion.


Membership is open to directors and senior executives responsible for: New Business Development, Innovation, Research and Development, Marketing, and others who play an important role in the Innovation Process.

The Council focuses on:

  • Innovation within Enterprises
  • Use of Partners, Alliances, Outsourcing, Acquisitions and Internal Teams
  • Human Resource Management as support to the Innovation Process
  • Barriers to innovation: social, geographical and cultural
  • Sharing best practices and new opportunities
  • Site visits to organisations normally inaccessible

The power of peer learning

Enduring relationships with trusted peers in an international network are the core of the council experience. Enhanced by our global, enterprise-wide reach, these relationships span the world and extend the value of council membership. Confidential peer dialogues at meetings and in between provide you with a broader perspective and shared experiences, as well as access to specific knowledge and best practices.

Council membership benefits

Collective problem solving that puts your issues on the agenda
Global benchmarking through regular surveys of council members about relevant company practices
Multifunctional insights generated by the wealth of perspectives gathered from over 100 councils (covering more than 50 functions) that work together across geographies
Virtual communities that extend learning opportunities through a variety of online forums, webcasts, webinars, and other resources

Council Director

John Metselaar

John Metselaar

Co-Leader, Productivity and Innovation Center
The Conference Board
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For more information

Please contact Marie-Laure Bultot at
+32 2 566 99 06 or

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