Christophe Noel, Founder & Executive Director   A journalist, adventurer, and photographer by trade, Christophe Noel is a philanthropic late bloomer. He started CLEAN DRINK ADVENTUERS somewhat by accident.  While working the travel beat for a magazine, he had an epiphany. Rather than just report on water health issues, he decided to do something about them. A veracious researcher, he traveled to leading water labs in North America before tackling pilot projects in Guatemala and Nepal. Things finally came together in the form of CLEAN DRINK ADVENTURES. Christophe is proof it’s never too late to dedicate your life to something bigger than yourself.

Christophe Noel, Founder & Executive Director

A journalist, adventurer, and photographer by trade, Christophe Noel is a philanthropic late bloomer. He started CLEAN DRINK ADVENTUERS somewhat by accident.

While working the travel beat for a magazine, he had an epiphany. Rather than just report on water health issues, he decided to do something about them. A veracious researcher, he traveled to leading water labs in North America before tackling pilot projects in Guatemala and Nepal. Things finally came together in the form of CLEAN DRINK ADVENTURES. Christophe is proof it’s never too late to dedicate your life to something bigger than yourself.

Vishu Sijali, Co-Founder, Director of Ground Operations - Nepal   The most important player on our team, Vishu is tasked with getting us to the villages and schools where we place our MSR SE200 water systems. The owner of  Altitude Riders , we rely on his intimate knowledge of Nepal’s most remote places. Places where water health is a life threatening concern.  A former mountaineer, Vishu has climbed many of the world’s tallest summits including Island Peak, Ama Dablam, and Mount Everest. But he is first and foremost a tireless do-gooder. His compassion is only exceeded by his toughness. We also know him as, The Rice Eating Machine.

Vishu Sijali, Co-Founder, Director of Ground Operations - Nepal

The most important player on our team, Vishu is tasked with getting us to the villages and schools where we place our MSR SE200 water systems. The owner of Altitude Riders, we rely on his intimate knowledge of Nepal’s most remote places. Places where water health is a life threatening concern.

A former mountaineer, Vishu has climbed many of the world’s tallest summits including Island Peak, Ama Dablam, and Mount Everest. But he is first and foremost a tireless do-gooder. His compassion is only exceeded by his toughness. We also know him as, The Rice Eating Machine.

Carl Jonsson, Board of Directors   The brain behind our creative elements, Carl is also our idea man, trusted sounding board, and Captain of Stoke. Always charged with positive energy for what we’re doing, he was the first person to jump behind CLEAN DRINK  to push it forward.  An industrial designer with a lengthy list of innovative products to his credit, we rely on Carl’s ability to convert big dreams into tangible realities. Had it not been for Carl, CLEAN DRINK might still be just an idea floating in the ether.  Don’t just have an idea. Do something about it.

Carl Jonsson, Board of Directors

The brain behind our creative elements, Carl is also our idea man, trusted sounding board, and Captain of Stoke. Always charged with positive energy for what we’re doing, he was the first person to jump behind CLEAN DRINK to push it forward.

An industrial designer with a lengthy list of innovative products to his credit, we rely on Carl’s ability to convert big dreams into tangible realities. Had it not been for Carl, CLEAN DRINK might still be just an idea floating in the ether.

Don’t just have an idea. Do something about it.

Chad Dannen, Board of Directors   The patriarch of a 70-year old family business in Portland, Chad brings a wealth of business and organizational experience to our enterprise. It didn’t take long for our team to learn Chad doesn’t do anything halfway. He’s all in, all the time.  Quick to smile and make others do the same, Chad has a heart of gold and shares our passion for helping others, and having fun while doing it.

Chad Dannen, Board of Directors

The patriarch of a 70-year old family business in Portland, Chad brings a wealth of business and organizational experience to our enterprise. It didn’t take long for our team to learn Chad doesn’t do anything halfway. He’s all in, all the time.

Quick to smile and make others do the same, Chad has a heart of gold and shares our passion for helping others, and having fun while doing it.

Alex Cyphers, Board of Directors   Alex is the ultimate polymath. His resourcefulness and creative outlook are indispensable attributes we know will contribute to our future. A successful entrepreneur, he worked as a consultant and once made a living playing poker.  His boot-strap approach to business is a perfect fit for what we do. And to the kids of Nepal he is our very own gentle giant.

Alex Cyphers, Board of Directors

Alex is the ultimate polymath. His resourcefulness and creative outlook are indispensable attributes we know will contribute to our future. A successful entrepreneur, he worked as a consultant and once made a living playing poker.

His boot-strap approach to business is a perfect fit for what we do. And to the kids of Nepal he is our very own gentle giant.

Jason Mckinney, Health and Safety Advisor   Everyone needs safe keeping and Jason is our watchful eye, even when he is not on our travels. A registered nurse specializing in trauma medicine, his professional credentials and extensive experience are only equaled by his desire to excel, at everything.  A skilled photographer and all around great guy, his kindness and enthusiasm are infectious. There are no bad days with Jason in the room.

Jason Mckinney, Health and Safety Advisor

Everyone needs safe keeping and Jason is our watchful eye, even when he is not on our travels. A registered nurse specializing in trauma medicine, his professional credentials and extensive experience are only equaled by his desire to excel, at everything.

A skilled photographer and all around great guy, his kindness and enthusiasm are infectious. There are no bad days with Jason in the room.

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Gareth Griffiths and Lisa Grubb

Our Australian-based Brits (technically Gareth is Welsh), this dynamic duo tackles our ground logistics in Nepal and manages our mapping and data collection efforts. Their travel experience includes an overland traverse of Europe and Asia in their Land Rover Defender. Their passion for our project fuels us and their ability to learn a new land in detail is an important component in ensuring we get to the villages most in need.

The world is a big place, but Gareth and Lisa have spent a lifetime shrinking it. We’re fortunate to have their expertise and love of adventure on the team.

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It started with an idea, a few phone calls, and a plane ticket to Kathmandu. It was only briefly my idea, my project, my hopeful effort to make a difference. It took only a few moments for CLEAN DRINK to become something much bigger. It now belongs to a growing community of people. I could not begin to list everyone who offered advice, support, and encouragement. CLEAN DRINK now belongs to all of you. - Christophe Noel

 
The best ideas are alway shared around a fire. Here our core team chats about the work ahead while traveling deep into Nepal’s tallest Himalayan peaks.

The best ideas are alway shared around a fire. Here our core team chats about the work ahead while traveling deep into Nepal’s tallest Himalayan peaks.