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 a capacity of 45,000 stoves per month and employs over 400 people, 60% 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 45,000 to 120,000 units 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
Amrita Bhandari
Amrita Bhandari
Board Member
Dave Thompson
Dave Thompson
Board Observer
Joseph Indangasi
Joseph Indangasi
Board Observer
Elena Milanovska
Elena Milanovska
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
Leonard Schurg
Leonard Schurg
Chief Innovation Officer
Ahmed Essam Allawy
Ahmed Essam Allawy
Chief Technical Officer
David Burton
David Burton
Head of Operations
Ronald Arao
Ronald Arao
Commercial Director
Lea Geron
Lea Geron
Director of Field Operations
Sylvia N. Kokonya
Sylvia N. Kokonya
Head of Recruitment
Rakam Kamar
Rakam Kamar
Supply Chain Manager
Samuel Njihia
Samuel Njihia
Market Intelligence Manager
Roselyn N. Kinuthia
Roselyn N. Kinuthia
Business Intelligence Manager
Allan Joe Mureithi
Allan Joe Mureithi
Production & Maintenance Manager
Paul Muthui
Paul Muthui
Quality Manager
Rebecca Wentworth
Rebecca Wentworth
Program Manager
Anne Ngumo
Anne Ngumo
HR Manager
Moses Ranji
Moses Ranji
IT Manager
Edward Omondi
Edward Omondi
After Sales Manager
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