Technical Advisory Board

Rob Bailis, PhD


Rob is a senior scientist at Stockholm Environment Institute. His research focuses on the relationships between energy, social welfare, and environmental change in developing countries. Rob comes to SEI after spending a decade as a researcher and Professor at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He first became interested in these themes while working as a teacher in the U.S. Peace Corps in northwestern Kenya. 


Rob’s current research focuses mainly on biomass energy, ranging from traditional energy carriers like wood and charcoal to advanced liquid biofuels. His work on household energy includes ongoing projects on improved wood-burning stove dissemination in Honduras in partnership with Proyecto Mirador, a local non-profit organization, multi-scalar assessments of woodfuel sustainability sponsored by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, and an improved stove intervention in India supported by a grant from the US EPA.


Rob is also interested in social impact assessment and life-cycle approaches to help understand the implications of increased reliance on non-traditional forms of bioenergy in both developed and developing nations. His research has explored oilseed crops and eucalyptus plantations in Brazil as well as forest-based bioenergy in the southern United States.



Dean Still


Dean Still is the Executive Director at Aprovecho Research Center.


In 1989, after graduate school, sailing to the South Pacific and living on an isolated ranch in Mexico, Dean joined Aprovecho, a field-based educational program for sustainable living in Oregon.


During his 14 years there, Dean led the effort to build the campus, and created a college-level training center. In 1997, he began focusing on the design and manufacturing of clean cookstoves, eventually establishing the stove oriented Aprovecho Research Center in 2004.


During his years in the cookstove community, Dean worked with Dr. Larry Winiarski, inventor of the rocket stove, to design numerous improved stoves. He has assisted more than one hundred international stove development and manufacturing projects throughout the world. He oversees the biomass cookstove research laboratory, emission equipment manufacturing, and manages ARC’s relationship with Shengzhou Stove Manufacturer (which sells rocket stoves worldwide). Dean is author, or co-author, of six books and dozens of technical reports and articles on clean cookstoves.



Robert V. Lange, PhD


Robert V. Lange is the President and Founder of the International Collaborative for Science, Education and the Environment and the Maasai Stoves and Solar Project, Tanzania.


Robert V. Lange attended the California Institute of Technology and received his doctorate in Theoretical Physics from Harvard University. After post-doctoral research at Oxford, he became a faculty member of Brandeis University where he is retired but continues as an adjunct professor in the Sustainable International Development Master’s Degree program of the Heller School.


Lange’s work in Tanzania began thirty years ago when he joined the faculty of the University of Dar es Salaam as a visiting physics professor. He continued with the Ministry of Education of Zanzibar as an adviser and program developer from 1988 to 1995.


In 1992 Robert V. Lange founded the International Collaborative for Science, Education, and the Environment, a non-profit corporation that began its programs by helping to establish women’s businesses and clean water resources in remote Zanzibar villages.


Since 2009 his focus has been on working with the Maasai, organizing women and men to work for healthier, cleaner, smoke-free homes, solar panel powered lighting for remote Maasai family settlements, and helping women establish income producing businesses and activities.



Eric Wurster


Erik is the Director of Carbon Finance for Biolite, Inc. He was the founding Chief Executive Officer of UpEnergy from 2011 to 2015. Prior to joining UpEnergy, Erik co-founded E+Carbon, Inc., E+Co's carbon finance subsidiary company.


Erik grew E+Carbon's project portfolio to include some of the world's first cookstove carbon finance projects developed in accordance with the Gold Standard, as well as one of the earliest multi country program of activities under the CDM focused on cookstoves. Erik co-authored the latest version of the Gold Standard cookstove methodology and served on the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves' Carbon Finance working group.


Prior to building E+Carbon, Erik worked as a consultant for the United Nations Development Programme's sustainable energy department and before that, for a Norway-based energy efficiency consulting company. Erik holds a Master's degree in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy school and a B.A. in Environmental Science from the University of Colorado in Boulder.