Flame Tree Initiative

Social Entrepreneurship for African Development

The Flame Tree Initiative partners with African universities to foster scalable, socially minded businesses that accelerate regional change. We believe that training, mentoring and launching development enterprises - businesses that confront global development challenges – is a potent way to contribute to the new, innovative era in Africa.


Colleen Whitaker


Colleen has a B.A. from the University of Arizona in International Studies with a focus on natural resource management and Geospatial Information Systems, and an M.S. in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics. From 2002-2003 she was a Fulbright scholar in Malawi, working with Mzuzu University and a local water development NGO to enhance local capacity for using geospatial technologies. Her work over the last 12 years has included using participatory mapping as a tool for community development for the third sector in London. She also works in the US as a consultant specializing in collaboration on public lands management and community development.