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.

Thandi Chisala Mbvundula


Thandi founded Malawi’s first Internet Service Provider, Epsilon & Omega, more than fifteen years ago. After extensive work with ICT for Development in South Africa, she has returned to Malawi to head NICO Technologies, Ltd. in Blantyre. Thandi has legendary experience in ICT4D and entrepreneurship. Thandi was the one who first influenced Wayne to come to Malawi back in 2000. It’s safe to say that Flame Tree would look very different without her.