Our Team

The People Making Fire More Efficient

Russell Collins

CEO, Managing Director,Chief Rocketeer and Mad Scientist!
Russell has developed the Himalayan Rocket Stove project as a result of many years traveling in the Himalayas noticing deforestation and various climate related changes. He also came up with the (not so!) secret recipe for the Smokeless Chulha which is being rolled out in a Not-For-Profit format. Based in Australia and working in India, he juggles his life and work between the 2 countries, so email or Whatsapp is usually the best way to reach him.

Nitisha Agrawal

​Coordinator, Smokeless Chulah Initiative & Content Manager​
Nitisha has over 1​7​ years of years of experience in retail brand communications, public relations​,​ business development​ and ​social media marketing with brands like Volkswagen, Skoda, Marico and Lintas.

Love for the mountains and trekking lured her to a chance interaction with Russell and Tanzin and hence she became a part of Himalayan Rocket Stove team ​in the capacity of content manager and ground coordinator for Smokeless Chulah Initiative.

Nitisha has studied Sustainable Development and Solutions from Columbia University​, Earth Institute​ and thirsts for working towards conservation and protecting the environment. Based in Mumbai, she has her bags packed all the time and while on assignments for Himalayan Rocket Stove and Smokeless Chulah Initiative, she loves taking pictures and writing about her experiences to spread the team’s work.

Tanzin Rigzin Bodh

Lead Trainer – Smokeless Cookstove Revolution
Tanzin has been working with Russell since the very beginning and was involved in the early stage prototyping and development of the Himalayan Rocket Stove project that lead to the Smokeless Cookstove Revolution. As a result, he has first hand experiential knowledge of all aspects of both projects and is an indispensable part of the team.

Chetana (Karen Wilson)

CFO – Himalayan Rocket Stove
Chetana has a long connection with India and the Himalayas. She’s been part of the rocket stove journey from the very beginning and has overseen the development of the project from the early days of prototyping in Australia. She brings her valuable experience of project management and funding to the core team and assists in keeping the ship stable and afloat.

Solving Problems

Working on solving issues around deforestation, pollution, indoor smoke, heating fuel costs, black carbon and more.

Innovative Ideas

Bringing together innovative ideas with the problems that need solving is the core of what we do. Not all ideas are new, but often just need to be applied to the right situation.

Appropriate Technology

High tech is good for some situations, but often a low tech solution is best when it comes to scaling up innovation to meet massive demand.

Clear Communication

Stay up to date with us via the blog page and our social media channels. We aim to keep a clear line of communication between all stakeholders and interested parties.

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