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.

Catherine Chavula

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Catherine Mpando-Chavula is a scholar in the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) . Her interests are in the use of technology to empower people in the developing world to improve their livelihoods. She is particularly interested in technologies that are relevant to the living conditions of rural people and how to use these technologies to build sustainable  business models. Catherine is also a lecturer in ICT at Mzuzu University, Malawi were she has worked since 2006. She holds a MSc in Computer Science from University of Essex and is currently pursuing doctoral studies in Computer Science at the University of Cape Town in South Africa where she is raising her two beautiful children with her husband, Josiah.