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Our Team

The People Making Fire More Efficient

Russell

Founder / CEO / Lead Designer
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

General Manager
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.

 

Chozang

Regional Manager/Director:
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.

Neetan

Sales Manager Domestic Retail
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

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. 

Sreejith

Sales Manager B2B and Projects
Business Development Manager with 8+ years of experience in sales, business development, planning, and executing business strategies. Expert in developing new market channels and building strong relationships with customers, industry leaders, and team members.

 

Bhupender

Production Support
Bhupendera believes in ‘Never say Never’. He’s a key player and asset in the team. He is always ready to do whatever it takes for the task to be accomplished. His attitude towards projects defines his altitude in the industry. Professionally or personally, he’s there for everyone in any situation.

Namgial

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. 

 

Ajay

Service Executive
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.

Pallvi

Sales Executive
Pallvi is very insightful and passionate towards customer centricity. She expertises in pre/post-sales operations. She is a compassionate & capable resource, who makes every task look easy with her approach.She is fond of music & travelling.

Komal

Accounts Executive
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.

Reena

HR & Admin Head

Reena comes with a vast experience of 9 years in HR Operations especially in Statutory Compliance, General Administration, Policy Making & Talent Acquisition. She is a great team player & understands the essence of support & cooperation among the team for flawless job operations. She is fond of cooking, dancing & exploring new regions.

Vinod

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

Production Support
Bittu is a silent and serious guy who gives great technical support to our production and quality team.

Shahid

Production Support
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.

Rakesh

Accounts Manager
Rakesh brings over 19 years of experience in Accounts Management.He is well versed with all accounts operations pertaining to an organization. He is fun loving man with keen interest in sports, music & cinema.

Abhinay

Quality Assurance

Abhinay is highly technical skilled in Vendor end Quality Management. He has a sound knowledge of quality assurance. With his expertise & skills, he is undoubtedly an assest for HRS. He is a travel enthusiast.

Lucky

Store Executive

Lucky has an experience of 6 long years in handling & maintaining store operations. He is a positive resource with efficient skills in store keeping management. He loves to travel & socialize with people.

Lakshey

Sales Executive

Lakshay brings 8 year of experience in sales & service. He is a very good team player with strong inter-personal skills. He is fond of travelling, cricket & music.

Advisors & Mentors

Keeping us focussed on what matters

Nitisha Agrawal

Business Development Advisor ​

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.

Ajay Muttreja

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.

Shaika Rakshi

​Project Management Advisor  ​

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.

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.

Recent Blog Posts

Stay up to date with our projects, ideas and random thoughts!

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Exploring the Benefits of Rocket Stoves: A Sustainable Heating Solution

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