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.


Melvin Kadewere


Melvin Kristofer Kadewere is a versatile, deeply driven management professional with visible achievements in territory management, sales and marketing development. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communications and Biblical Studies from African Bible College in Lilongwe, and a Master's in International Management from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. He is an ardent believer in servant leadership and a team player with a proven track record of performance in sales productivity, customer relationship management, market development and client account management. Melvin came to Flame Tree through a desire to volunteer his time to a cause that he deeply believed in. He has gifted Flame Tree with his commitment to building the kind of trust and personal relationships that are necessary to creating a thriving mentorship network in Malawi.

Melvin's equally brilliant wife, Tawonga Tembo, is a graduate of the 2015 DELab. Before Melvin got old he was really good at basketball.