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.

Lauren Simonis

Lauren Simonis

Lauren is the Lead on Special Projects for Flame Tree Initiative. She holds a Master's degree in Development Practice from the University of Arizona and has experience working in Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, and Cambodia. She specializes in leadership development, social entrepreneurship, and the interrelated challenges of the global development field with particular interest in women and girls empowerment. 

She currently lives in Portugal with her partner and their dog, Molly. When not at work, Lauren can be found teaching aerial yoga or planning for her next cozy, rainy day. 

contact: lauren@flametreeinitiative.org