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.

Lila Burgos


Lila holds a Master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA and received her Bachelor's in International Studies from the University of Arizona. She has extensive experience working as a researcher with diverse community development organizations to address issues such as the strengthening of public infrastructure, public health, education, and planning. Passionate about community-based work and capacity building, she contributes her strategic planning, business development, and facilitation skills to Flame Tree. Currently she works in social impact program evaluation and community engagement in Los Angeles, CA, USA. 

In her off time, Lila can be found trekking through mountains, riding her bike, and honing her shower opera singing skills.