The People Making Fire More Efficient
Founder & CEO
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 formula for the Smokeless Cookstove which is being rolled out in a Not-For-Profit format by the Smokeless Cookstove Foundation. Based in Australia and working in India, he juggles his life and work between the two countries.
Abhishek brings his engineering expertise to the critical role of overseeing everything from production and quality control to team cohesion and product design. Being from the mountains, he also understands intimately the importance of what we are doing and communicating that to our various collaborators.
J&K and Ladakh
Chozang has been involved with rocket stoves in Ladakh since he first built one at SECMOL institute several years ago. Since then he has been a part of the HRS project from the very beginning, including through the prototyping phase in Ladakh. He is one of the company directors and is Regional Manager for Ladakh and J&K.
Sales Manager Parwanoo
Neetan is well versed with the nuances of Sales in the context of Rocket Stoves in the Himalayan region. Versatile in his knowledge of people, culture and geography, he brings expertise and experience in sales from varied sectors ranging from banking to hospitality. He is a keen listener, cheerful by nature and easy to strike a conversation with.
Tanzin Rigzin Bodh
Product Testing and Customer Service
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 Foundation. As a result, he has first hand experiential knowledge of all aspects of both projects and is an indispensable part of the team, now focussing on sales in the Himachal region.
Project Management Consultant
Shaika comes to HRS with a wealth of experience in the not for profit sector working on mitigation and adaptation programs across South Asia. She brings her deep understanding on the cultural nuances that impact project design as well as experience in large scale program implementation. With a Masters in Environmental Science from Syracuse, New York and several years of working in the field, she thrives on knowledge from experiences.
Shop Assistant Leh Ladakh
Dedicated and hard working is Namgial, doing his best to ensure that everyone who comes to the store is served efficiently and well.
Service and Technical Support
The most energetic person in the team. Young and vivacious.. Always cheerful, making others happy and working with enthusiasm for great outcomes for our customers.
Aka ‘Mithu’ believes in ‘Never say Never’. He’s the ‘Yes-Man’ of our team, always ready to do whatever it takes for the task to be done. Professional or personal, he’s there for everyone.
Pikup Driver and Support
Vinod drives the stock and the support team to wherever they need to be. Vinod is our all-rounder guy, driver cum helping hand in everything. Plus he’s a great comedian.
Bittu is a silent and serious guy who gives great technical support to our production and quality team.
Shahid is a technically sound guy who’s good to do almost every small detailed thing. He’s the ‘Fast and Furious’ of our team, always quick and efficient.
Assistant Manager – Sales
Uttam comes to HRS with a rich experience of sales & customer relationship. He is having exposure from multiple industries like hospitality, travel & health & adds his expertise to HRS. He is a music & sports enthusiast, who keeps the atmosphere playful & lively.
Komal handles accounts operation for HRS, indeed a crucial one. She brings her expertise of 5 years to the company. She also looks after general operation for HRS. Hobbies like cooking, music, gardening & plantation are real for her.
Ajay has joined us in service from Telecom bringing 6 years of experience in respective role. He is jolly man who loves to take & accomplish service tasks with honour. He loves to travel & socialise & yes a big cricket lover.
Advisors & Mentors
Keeping us focussed on what matters
Business Development Consultant
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 heads up the Smokeless Cookstove Foundation as it’s tireless director. She loves taking pictures and writing about her experiences to spread the team’s work.
Strategy Advisor and Mentor
National Startup Committee, FICCI
IvyCap Ventures Capital Advisors
Global Advisory Council, TTC
Confederation of Education Excellence
Indo-US Science & Technology Forum
Advisory Board INVENT
Chetana (Karen Wilson)
Co-Founder & Advisor
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.
Recent Blog Posts
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