Bernhard Puttinger, born in 1974, has more than 17 years of experience in the field of eco-innovation in various senior manager positions in research and business. He is a trained engineer in the field of energy and building technologies, certified ISO 14.000 / EMAS manager and holds an EMBA degree of Vienna university of economics and business administration. Since 2007 he is the CEO of Green Tech Cluster Styria (formerly known as Eco World Styria). He develops this triple-helix cleantech cluster, that facilitates new industrial innovation projects in the fields of green energy, green building and green resources. The cluster companies in this Green Tech Valley around Graz, Austria performed with an average annual growth rate of 14 % nearly twice as good as the world markets and have become international technology leader. The Green Tech Cluster is now globally regarded the Nr. 1 cleantech cluster in all rankings so far (Global Cleantech Directory 2012, US-Cleantech Group 2010) and holds the highest European “Cluster Management Excellence - Gold” label.