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.

 

Josiah Chavula

Josiah

Josiah holds a Masters degree in Networking and Internet Systems from Lancaster University (UK), and is currently a Computer Science PhD candidate at the University of Cape Town, where he is looking at technical solutions to enhance Internet-based collaboration among universities in Africa. Josiah has a strong technical appreciation of Internet systems, having worked as an Internet engineer in Malawi's telecommunications industry before joining Mzuzu University. Currently, he is on the faculty there, where apart from teaching in academic programs for the past six years, he has championed skills-based ICT training programs for local communities and entrepreneurs in Malawi. He strongly believes that information and communication technologies (ICTs) like the Internet, should be used to support innovative and sustainable local solutions that help local communities, to be economically self-reliant.

Josiah currently lives in Cape Town, South Africa with his beautiful wife, Catherine, and their two children.