March 12, 2015
Location: Washington, DC
Country: United States

The Aspen Institute and Prakti
Invite you to a Roundtable Conversation
Achieving Scale in the Clean Cooking Sector:
Lessons from Prakti on Impact, Scale, and Innovation
Thursday, March 12th 2015
The Aspen Institute
One Dupont Circle, 7th Floor, NW
Washington DC, 20036

Did you know that 4 million premature deaths occur every year as a result of 3 billion people cooking their food over smoky open fires or inefficient cookstoves? Exposure to smoke from cooking is not only equivalent to smoking two packs of cigarettes a day, but presents an economic burden for the world's poorest families, some of whom spend upwards of one-third of family income purchasing fuel or 3+ hours cooking a single meal due to inefficient cookstoves
and traditional practices.

Clean-burning and fuel-efficient cookstoves reduce indoor air pollution by up to 90% and require 80% less fuel than traditional stoves.

Join Prakti Co-Founder and CEO, Mouhsine Serrar and Board Member, Alice Lin Fabiano, for an enlightening discussion of innovation, impact and challenges preventing scale of the clean cooking sector, moderated by Aspen’s Global Alliances Program Executive Director, Mickey Bergman

Please RSVP to Mickey Bergman by March 8th, 2015

Mouhsine Serrar
Co-Founder and CEO of Prakti Design
Prakti Design is a pioneering social enterprise that designs, manufactures and distributes clean cookstoves on three continents and seven countries. A former consultant for Aprovecho, GIZ, SNV, USAID, US-EPA, UN-WFP, UN-GEF, and the World Bank and former co-chair of the Technology and Fuels Working Group of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, Mouhsine’s expertise in the field of biomass cookstoves is widely recognized. Prior to Prakti, Mouhsine was a mechanical engineer for multinational technology companies including Motorola, Intel, and Boeing. His vision as an entrepreneur is to bring together best in-class engineering, production technology, and distribution to fully integrate the cookstove supply chain and create the first sustainable and scalable clean cookstove company. Mouhsine holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Mohammadia School of Engineering (Morocco), a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal (Canada) and  P h.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Twitter: @MouhsineSerrar

Alice Lin Fabiano
Director, Johnson & Johnson Worldwide Corporate Contributions
Alice Lin Fabiano is a Director of Worldwide Corporate Contributions at Johnson & Johnson.  She is responsible for its strategic philanthropy partnerships in digital health and HIV/AIDs.  Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Ms. Lin Fabiano was a strategy consultant at The Bridgespan Group where she worked with leaders and organizations to accelerate social change.  Before joining Bridgespan, Ms. Lin Fabiano was a Harvard Business School Fellow at Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF). She began her career at Morgan Stanley where she was part of the team that helped launch the firm’s Social Finance Group, which helped raise more than $100 million for women entrepreneurs in low resource settings.  

Ms. Lin Fabiano holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University. She is a proud board member of Prakti Design, a social enterprise that designs cook stoves for the world's poor.
Twitter: @ALinFabs.

Mickey Bergman
Executive Director, Global Alliances Program, the Aspen Institute
Michael "Mickey" Bergman works in Fringe Diplomacy, a discipline exploring the space just beyond the boundaries of States and Governments’ capacity and authority in international relations. He is Executive Director of the Global Alliances Program at the Aspen Institute; Senior Advisor to Governor Richardson Center for Global Engagement; co-founder and President of Capsoole Inc.; consultant to the Clinton Global Initiative; and Founder and President of Solel Strategic Group. Mickey also teaches at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.

At Aspen, Mickey directs partnerships engaging both public and private sectors in the Middle East, Latin America and South East Asia.

At the Richardson Center for Global Engagement, Mickey manages private diplomacy efforts in N. Korea, Cuba, Myanmar, Middle East, Africa, and efforts to negotiate release of political prisoners.

Mickey has published numerous articles and opinion pieces in the New York Times, Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, Boston Globe, Foreign Policy Online, and Huffington Post.
Twitter: @MickeyBergman