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.