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.

Wendy Scheder Black


Wendy has been teaching and developing programs at schools, universities and in the corporate sector for over 20 years. As an entrepreneur, she founded training centers in Indonesia and the US delivering ICT training aimed at local business development. She is currently a Program Developer at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona, building accelerated pathways to employment through education.  She holds a degree in International Relations from Syracuse University, and is working towards her MA in Education and International Development from the Institute of Education at the University of London, focusing on the wider impact of universities toward national development.