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The Habla Team

Gilbert Habla


Gilbert Habla has more than 50 years’ experience in the brick industry including as Chairman of Habla Zig-Zag Kilns International.

This has involved owning, constructing, and commercially operating the Habla Zig-Zag Kiln technology, and includes working with his father Alois Habla, the inventor of the original arch-less Zig-Zag Kiln.

Gilbert is internationally acknowledged for his expertise within the brick industry with a focused interest in South Asia. He was appointed as an independent consultant to UNIDO for the international brick industry. He has been regularly consulted by a range of international agencies and NGO’s on brick industry issues globally and has a deep understanding of the environmental, social, and economic impacts of the industry in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and emerging economies.

His technical expertise has been built through 50 years’ experience in kiln design, kiln construction, mechanical installation, commissioning of technology, modification, operation, and maintenance of brick plants. Gilbert has expertise in construction and operation across kiln designs including Hoffman and Tunnel kilns, as well as being the world expert in the environmentally, socially, and commercially effective Habla Zig-Zag Kiln and its application.

Gilbert is also a Master Builder.

Peter Habla
Peter Habla


Peter has a background in Project Management and Project Delivery. Prior to joining the team at HZZKI, Peter worked for an international construction company.

Peter successfully directed, delivered and commissioned the HZZK technology Transfer Project in South Africa, as part of the Energy Efficient Clay Brick (EECB) Project in conjunction with the Swiss Agency for Development and Co-Operation (SDC).

Peter is focused on promoting further advancement of HZZK technology. Peter ensures the company’s energies and resources are targeted toward improving environmental, social, and economic outcomes for brick kiln owners, operators, and workers in developing countries around the world.

anil bhatta
Anil Bhatta

Technology Transfer Consultant & Advisor

Anil is an Engineer with over a decade of experience in clean energy and carbon markets, having previously worked as International Head of CDM Projects and head of a carbon advisory firm in Australia. Anil has significant experience in the brick sector and has led the transfer of energy-efficient brick making technologies, including Vertical Shaft Brick Kiln (VSBK) in Asia and Africa.

His experience in clean energy and carbon markets includes advisory work for donors and non-government organisations, multinational companies, financial institutions, and banks in the European Union Emission Trading Scheme (EUETS) and emerging carbon markets in Australia, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Anil has dual Masters Degrees in Engineering in Sustainable Energy and Engineering Management.

Darrell Reeve
Darrell Reeve

Environment Consultant and Advisor

With formal qualifications in Applied Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Production Management and Metal Finishing, Darrell has had 45 years of industrial consultancy experience.

He is a consultant to UNEP and UNIDO and a board member of APRSCP (Asia Pacific Roundtable for Consumption and Production). He is an environmental consultant to the Aust Inst of Surface Finishing and Int Editor of Surface Finishing Journal China.

Darrell is an associate of Victoria University (Inst for Sustainability and Innovation). He has supported and promoted Habla Kiln Technology for over 23 years.

Janie Habla


Janie is an experienced Senior Allied Health Professional, she has had a lifelong involvement in Europe and developing countries. She has travelled extensively throughout Africa, the Middle East and Asia and maintains her 30-year association with the brick industry by regular visits to brick kilns, most recently to Nepal, Bangladesh, and South Africa.

Janie has worked in remote indigenous communities and in educational, hospital, and rehabilitation settings. Her experience provides a strong background when advocating for significant workplace change in the current lives of children and brick kiln workers in developing countries.