Global Conference 2010

Speaker's Biography

Rex Northen

Executive Director, Cleantech Open


Rex Northen is Executive Director of Cleantech Open and an entrepreneur with a long history of building and managing companies and successful teams. As founder and CEO of technology companies in both Europe and the United States, Northen has extensive product development, management and technical expertise. He has worked with hundreds of diverse companies, ranging from startups to global corporations. Northen has led Cleantech Open since January 2009, overseeing the growth of the California-based nonprofit from its Bay Area roots to a national organization with regional operations based in Silicon Valley, Seattle, Denver, Minneapolis and Boston. He also directed the establishment of the Global Cleantech Open in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation. Northen holds an M.A. from the University of Oxford.


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