Impacting lives and the environment through efficient cooking appliances

Our Story

In 1990, Peter Scott was traveling through Zaire when he witnessed the deforestation caused by charcoal production for household cooking. At that moment, he committed his life to save forests in Sub-Saharan Africa through the design and manufacture of fuel-efficient cookstoves.

In 2010, after spending 13 years as a cookstove consultant in Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa, Peter launched Burn Design Lab and BURN Manufacturing Co. on Vashon Island, Washington. On a shoestring budget, BURN assembled a team of world-class designers and engineers who were also committed to designing the world’s most fuel-efficient cookstoves.

In 2014, BURN launched its first full manufacturing facility in Kenya - the first and only one of its kind. BURN is now the only vertically integrated modern cookstove company in Sub-Saharan Africa. The solar-powered facility currently has capacity of 250,000 per month and employs over 1,000 people, 50% of whom are women.

When BURN started there was little faith in the cookstove sector to deliver tangible results. Over the last 10 years, BURN has built a successful business while proving that cookstoves can deliver transformative social, financial, and environmental impacts. A recent study done by UC Berkeley shows that a $40 household investment to purchase a Jikokoa generates a staggering $1000 return for society.

Over the next three years, BURN aims to expand to Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, DRC, Nigeria, and Ghana, launch five new products and increase production capacity in Kenya from Increase from 250,000 to 1m per month.

Learn more about BURN's impact here.

Our Board of Directors
Peter Scott
Peter Scott
CEO & Board Director
Boston Nyer
Boston Nyer
Board Director
Jane Ullman
Jane Ullman
Board Member
Stephen W Etter
Stephen W Etter
Board Member
Dave Thompson
Dave Thompson
Board Observer
Brad McGrath
Brad McGrath
Board Observer
Jane Otima
Jane Otima
Board Observer
Our Management Team
Peter Scott
Peter Scott
CEO & Founder
Leif C. Haerum
Leif C. Haerum
Chief Financial Officer
Chris McKinney
Chris McKinney
Chief Commercial Officer
Oliver Mauersberger
Oliver Mauersberger
Chief Operating Officer
Dr. Sylvia N. Kokonya
Dr. Sylvia N. Kokonya
Chief Talent & Happiness Officer
Ahmed Essam Allawy
Ahmed Essam Allawy
Chief Technical Officer
Mark Connor
Mark Connor
Global Commercial Director - Charcoal Appliances
Irene Kamande
Irene Kamande
East Africa Commercial Director
Otome Oyo
Otome Oyo
Global Marketing Director
Samuel Murekefu
Samuel Murekefu
Director of Innovation
Rakam Kamar
Rakam Kamar
Global Procurement & Logistics Director
David Burton
David Burton
Director of planning & Inventory
Samuel Njihia
Samuel Njihia
Head of Market Intelligence
Anne Ngumo
Anne Ngumo
Head of HR and Administration
Muthoni Mwariri
Muthoni Mwariri
Head of Finance
Zaina Mbaruku
Zaina Mbaruku
Head of Legal
Allan Joe Mureithi
Allan Joe Mureithi
Production & Maintenance Manager
Paul Muthui
Paul Muthui
Lab and Quality Manager
Ben Kuria
Ben Kuria
Warehouse Manager
Moses Ranji
Moses Ranji
IT Manager
Edward Omondi
Edward Omondi
After Sales Manager
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