The International Network of Innovation Ecosystems

Considering the current health crisis and the recent developments on travel restrictions across Europe and the World, the Grenoble Senior Level Group of the HLF has decided to postpone the 2020 summit until autumn 2021.

This decision has been taken as an opportunity to create a differentiated digital event with innovative and valuable content to encourage more global participation within the HLF network. Therefore, the postponed summit will be replaced by the first HLF Connect briefing hosted online from Grenoble on Dec 1st, during which Innovation Ecosystems of the HLF will discuss three critical issues of our time :

Innovation ecosystem resilience: Impacts in the short to long term
New collaborations and alliances; strategies for inclusive innovation
Win Tech : winning technologies in the time of Covid


JUNE 2023

Philippe Watteau is the new chair of the HLF

Philippe Watteau has developed more than 20 years of experience in the field of innovation, from a double experience acquired within large public research organizations and large industrial groups.

Philippe directed the CEA Tech LIST in Paris-Saclay, which brings together nearly a thousand research engineers in the field of digital technology (AI, robotics, embedded systems, data intelligence, etc.) and which has generated more than a dozen start-ups. He also brought VEDECOM as a recognized European reference in the field of electric and autonomous mobility, of which he was General Manager. Philippe has previously driven a very strong dynamic of research valorization, at the head of CEA Tech’s industrial partnerships: he has more than 500 M€ of technology transfer contracts to his credit, with major players in the aeronautics, automotive, agri-food, energy, services and defense sectors.

In addition to these 10 years in applied research, Philippe also has 10 years of experience in industry. This experience was acquired in the strategy department of the Renault Group and in European affairs, as well as in the Air Liquide Group, in the management the international R&D partnerships (Europe, North America, Asia). More recently, as Director of Innovation at CEA Tech in Grenoble, Philippe has opened up technological innovation to new uses and social issues. At the head of the Y.SPOT ecosystem and an interdisciplinary team (in design, foresight, ideation, sociology, economic models), he has created a new innovation campus combining Art – Science – Society to engage a global, entrepreneurial and societal approach to innovation.

Philippe graduated from EDHEC Business School.



The 2023 edition of the High Level Forum will take place from November 26 to 28 in Grenoble, France, and will focus on “How the restructuring of global supply chains impacts innovation ecosystems”

More content to come soon. Stay tuned !

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