May 29, 2012
Harry Stokes of Project Gaia was announced the winner of 2012 World Bioenergy Award on May 29 in Jönköping, Sweden. Harry was selected by the World Bioenergy Association jury out of six finalists including entrepreneurs, government officials and researchers from India, Russia, Spain, UK and USA, all who have made important contributions to the global bioenergy sector.
The purpose of the award is to recognize an individual with great achievements within the international bioenergy sector.The award honors Harry’s work in developing, funding and managing Project Gaia to improve the health, economic status and quality of life of households in the developing world, particularly in Africa. Harry received the award from Swedish Minister for Information Technology and Energy, Anna-Karin Hatt.
Kent Nyström, President of World Bioenergy Association and member of the jury commented,“Harry Stokes was one of the finalists also in 2010. The scope of his achievements is vast, and there are several dimensions to the benefits of helping developing communities rely more on clean, renewable and domestic fuels.”