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.


Jon Saints



A graduate of the University of Arizona in International Studies, Jon was a Fulbright scholar in Malawi where he taught programming and advanced Mzuzu University’s internet connectivity. He is a seasoned software engineer (14 years experience), proven innovator, and business leader. Jon has lead tech initiatives for startups as well as large tech companies.  He also co-founded the fair trade company Dsenyo.


When not working, Jon is loving life in Colorado with his wife Marissa and two sons.