Christopher Noble, Consultant on External Partnerships

Chris retired from MIT in April 2024, but consults with ESI on creating active partnerships between ESI and external organizations to advance MIT’s environmental mission.

During the first decade of his career, he had operational and M&A management roles in international technology and energy companies. He spent the following fifteen years as an entrepreneur, startup CEO and advisor, board member and investor. His career then shifted to the environmental field and to non-profits, joining MIT in 2008 as Licensing Officer for MIT’s energy technology, before joining ESI in 2017.

Chris has a B.Eng. from McGill University in Montreal (1977) and an MBA from MIT Sloan (1983). He lived and worked in North and South America and Europe, and is fluent in French and Spanish. He is an occasional consultant and lecturer (IP management and valuation, international entrepreneurial ecosystems, cleantech startup governance and fund-raising). He has also served on several for-profit and non-profit boards, most recently AUTM, the Association of University Technology Managers (2017-2020). Chris currently serves on the Board of florrent, a venture-backed grid-storage technology startup.

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