Mouhsine worked in product design as a senior mechanical engineer and consultant for best-of-class multinational technology companies—including Motorola, Pitney Bowes, Intel, Boeing, and others—for more than 10 years. Nearly a decade ago, he discovered a new industry that he has dived into with excitement and passion: designing clean-burning, fuel-efficient cookstoves for developing countries.
Over seven years of consulting for improved cookstove programs, Mouhsine witnessed the need for the integration of cookstove design, manufacturing, and distribution. Mouhsine envisioned a social enterprise that would bring together best-in-class engineering, production technology, and distribution in order to create the first sustainable and scalable stove dissemination system.
Four years ago, he founded Prakti Design Lab, a social enterprise located in Pondicherry, India. Today, there are 250,000 people in India, Nepal, and Haiti benefiting from clean-burning, fuel-efficient cookstoves made by Prakti. Prakti has received several awards, including the “Clinton Global Initiative” and the “Global Social Venture Challenge.”
Mouhsine was the co-chair of the “Technology and Fuel” working group of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. Over the last seven years, Mouhsine has provided design and engineering expertise to GIZ (German Development Agency), US-EPA, Shell Foundation, Nexant/USAID, Mauritania Government, UN-GEF, UN World Food Program, and SNV in many countries in Africa and Asia (Darfur, Haiti, Uganda, Rwanda, Mauritania, Senegal, Benin, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Morocco, and Congo-DR).