Harry Stokes is executive director of Project Gaia, Inc. a nonprofit that promotes the development of clean-burning, low-carbon alcohol fuels in emerging economies. Project Gaia was founded in 1995 and began its work in Africa in 2001. It has affiliates in Ethiopia, Nigeria and Kenya and commercial partners in countries from India to Haiti. Project Gaia provides cookstoves and fuel in the refugee camps of Ethiopia, for which it won an Ashden award in 2008. Currently it is working with UNIDO to promote a major scaleup of ethanol cookstoves and fuel in Tanzania and a similar project with the World Bank in Madagascar. Project Gaia’s strategy is to help local businesses to commercialize stoves and fuel so that the solutions become commercial and sustainable.
Harry won the World Bioenergy Award in 2012 for his work with Project Gaia. He also was honored with the 2013 Eisenhower Humanitarian Award by the Rotary Club of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and a Paul Harris Fellow award in Rotary International.
Harry is a 1974 graduate of the School of Forestry, now the Nicholas School of the Environment.
You can follow Harry through his work with @Project_Gaia on Twitter.