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About BURN

BURN was founded in 2011 in order to save lives and forests in the developing world through the design and manufacture of clean-burning cookstoves. But the story of BURN originally began in 1990 when our Founder, Peter Scott, witnessing the deforestation from fuelwood production for cooking in DRC, committed his life to saving forests. And, since 1997, has been working toward achieving this goal through the dissemination of super fuel-efficient cookstoves.

 

In 2010, after 13 years working as a cookstove consultant in Central America and sub-Saharan Africa, Peter launched Burn Manufacturing Co on Vashon Island, a small island near Seattle, Washington. Here he assembled a world-class team of designers and engineers, who were not only committed to designing the world’s best cookstoves but to also manufacturing them locally.

 

In 2013, BURN launched its first assembly facility in Nairobi and in 2014 launched its first full manufacturing facility, the first and only one of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa. BURN is now the only vertically integrated modern cookstove company in Sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, our facility has a capacity of 45,000 stoves per month and employs over 300 people, 60% of whom are women.

 

When BURN first launched in 2011, there was almost zero faith in the cookstove sector to deliver tangible benefits. Since that time, BURN has revolutionized the sector, showing that clean cookstoves can deliver and are, in fact, one of the most cost-effective ways to make a social, financial or environmental impact. As the recent UC Berkeley study shows, a $40 investment in the Jikokoa generates a staggering $1000 return for society. Not only is BURN achieving these results, but doing it as a sustainable and profitable business. What more could you ask?

 

In the next three years, we will be expanding our sales and distribution to Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, DRC, Nigeria, and Ghana and increase our production capacity in Kenya from 45,000 to 120,000 units per month.

Peter-Scott-BURN-Jikokoa

Peter is considered one of the world’s leading experts in cookstove commercialization. He has trained producers in over 20 countries to set up for-profit stove businesses and was chosen as a Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy Magazine in 2010.

Peter Scott

Chief Executive Officer
Boston-Nyer-Chief-Innovation-Officer-BURN-Jikokoa

Boston is a co-founder of BURN. His role has ranged from business strategy to managing the jikokoa development and factory launches. Before BURN, he was a consultant for biomass energy and international development.

Boston Nyer

Chief Innovation Officer
Dave-Burton—Head-of-Operations-at-BURN-Jikokoa

Dave Burton joins BURN as the Head of Operations. His main role will be to oversee company operations, ensuring all projects are completed on time and on-budget, and communicating with all stakeholders on the most effective way to complete projects.

Dave Burton

Head of Operations
LEIF-CHRISTIAN-HAERUM—Chief-Finance-Officer-at-BURN-Jikokoa

Leif specializes in building finance departments. As CFO for Lidl Norway, he took the company from startup to 1,000 employees with a turnover of US$350 million. Leif also has many years of experience in IT, HR and renewable energy. Leif Chr. has a masters degree from the University of Mannheim, Germany

Leif Christian Haerum

Chief Finance Officer
Chris-McKinney—VP-Expansion-BURN-Jikokoa

Since joining BURN in 2013, Chris has led the building and management of several BURN departments, including Market Research, After Sales Service, Regional sales offices, and Marketing. He also began BURN’s DRC and Somali-Region operations. Responsible for BURN’s expansion strategy and the development and management of new markets across 6 countries.

Chris Mckinney

VP Expansion
Ahmad-Allawy—Chief-Technical-Officer

Ahmad has deep experience in mechanical engineering, project management, sheet metal manufacturing, and home appliances industries. Throughout his career, he led many successful launches of home appliance products, from scratch to end-product. He is passionate about saving the environment and supporting humanitarian causes that’s why he is really excited about working on BURN’s live-saving stoves.

Ahmad Essam Allawy

Chief Technical Officer
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Ronald has previous experience as the Regional Country Manager for Bosch and the Regional Home Appliance Manager for Samsung. He brings 13 years of sales and marketing experience to BURN. Ronald holds an MBA and was recently selected as one Kenya’s Top 40 under 40.

Ronald Arao

Kenya Commercial Director
Dr. Sylvia Nelima Kokonya, Director of Research at BURN Manufacturing – Jikokoa

Dr. Kokonya is a highly versatile individual with vast experience ranging from project design and management, strategy development, administration to policy writing.

She is also an experienced researcher and has worked on sustainability research projects funded by both the European Union and commercial sources.

Dr. Kokonya holds a PhD from The University Nottingham in the United Kingdom in Environmental Engineering whose focus was on energy & sustainability and an MSc in Environmental Engineering from the same institution.

Dr. Sylvia Nelima Kokonya

Director of Research
Lea Geron Director of Field Operations at BURN

With over 13 years of experience, Lea joins BURN as the Director of Field Operations for Kuniokoa. She has previously worked in the Private, Non-for-profit, Education, Carbon offsetting, Renewable energy, Environmental, Agricultural, and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) sectors.

Lea Geron

Director of Field Operations
Anne-Ngumo-HR-Manager-at-BURN-Manufacturing

Anne is a high-performing, strategic-thinking Human Resource professional with over ten years’ experience in Human Resource (HR) Management. She is highly skilled at relationship building and supporting the implementation of agreed solutions with management and the employees.

Anne Ngumo

HR Manager
RAKAM-KAMAR—Supply-Chain-Manager-at-BURN-Jikokoa

Rakam joins Burn manufacturing with a wealth of experience in operations and end to end Supply Chain in a broad range of industry segments including consumer goods, manufacturing, health, retail, e-Commerce, and wholesale distribution. He has managed various projects for cost reduction, process improvement, systems automation, and supplier partnerships development to turn around the supply chain.

Rakam Kamar

Supply Chain Manager
ALLAN-JOE-MUREITHI—Engineering-and-Production-Manager-at-BURN-Jikokoa

Allan Joe holds a degree in Design & Manufacturing and has vast experience in maintenance and projects management. He's passionate about green energy.

ALLAN JOE MUREITHI

Production & Maintenance Manager
Susan Kuria – Carbon Project Manager

Since joining BURN in 2016, Susan has led the building and management of activator teams in Kenya. In 2018, she joined the Marketing department as Senior Marketing Officer to offer customized channel support to the sales channel and is now the KuniCarbon Project Manager. She is passionate about team/project management and result-driven.

Susan Kuria

Carbon Project Manager
LEIF-CHRISTIAN-HAERUM—Chief-Finance-Officer-at-BURN-Jikokoa

Leif specializes in building finance departments. As CFO for Lidl Norway, he took the company from startup to 1,000 employees with a turnover of US$350 million. Leif also has many years of experience in IT, HR and renewable energy. Leif Chr. has a masters degree from the University of Mannheim, Germany

Leif Christian Haerum

Chief Finance Officer
Anne-Ngumo-HR-Manager-at-BURN-Manufacturing

Anne is a high-performing, strategic-thinking Human Resource professional with over ten years’ experience in Human Resource (HR) Management. She is highly skilled at relationship building and supporting the implementation of agreed solutions with management and the employees.

Anne Ngumo

HR Manager
Bonface-Maigua—Finance-Accountant at BURN Manufacturing

Bonface is a CPA(K) with vast experience in finance, tax, and accounting. He holds a Bachelors of Commerce degree.

Bonface Maigua

Accountant
Elizabeth-Nyaga—Accountant-at-BURN-Jikokoa

Elizabeth holds a degree in Entrepreneurial Studies

Elizabeth Nyaga

Accountant
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Ronald has previous experience as the Regional Country Manager for Bosch and the Regional Home Appliance Manager for Samsung. He brings 13 years of sales and marketing experience to BURN. Ronald holds an MBA and was recently selected as one Kenya’s Top 40 under 40.

Ronald Arao

Kenya Commercial Director
Mark-Connor-New-Markets-Expansion-Officer-at-BURN-Manufacturing

Mark’s focus is on New Market Expansion. He has established distribution partnerships in several BURN’s strategic expansion markets across Sub-Saharan Africa, including setting up BURN’s inaugural sales, marketing and distribution operation in Tanzania.

Mark Connor

New Markets Expansion Officer
Kelvin-Wambugu—Client-Account–Manager

Kelvin Wambugu

Client Account Manager
Elizabeth Ooro – Client Relationship Manager, MFI – BURN Jikokoa

With a background in Mass communication, Elizabeth has vast experience in sales and client management. Her main role is to grow sales in the MFI Channel and manage relationships with the MFI partners.

Elizabeth Ooro

Account Manager - Social Distributors & MFIs
Ayub-Waswani-National-Sales-Activation-Manager-at-BURN-Manufacturing

Ayub Waswani

National Sales Activation Manager
Hellen-Mundia—Market-Research-Manager-at-BURN-Jikokoa

Hellen has vast experience in research and heads a team of youthful and energetic researchers at BURN.

Hellen Mundia

Market Research Manager
Dave-Burton—Head-of-Operations-at-BURN-Jikokoa

Dave Burton joins BURN as the Head of Operations. His main role will be to oversee company operations, ensuring all projects are completed on time and on-budget, and communicating with all stakeholders on the most effective way to complete projects.

DAVE BURTON

Head of Operations
Ben-Kuria—Materials-Controller-at-BURN-Mfg

An engineering graduate, Benson previously oversaw design and process improvements in a leading fabrication firm.

Benson Kuria

Materials Controller
ALLAN-JOE-MUREITHI—Engineering-and-Production-Manager-at-BURN-Jikokoa

With a degree in Design and Manufacturing, Allan Joe also has vast experience in maintenance and projects management. He's passionate about green energy.

Allan Joe Mureithi

Engineering and Production Manager
Paul-Muthui—Quality-Manager-at-BURN-Manufacturing

Paul, a Chemical Engineer with 4 years experience working in social enterprise, believes in applying local solutions to solving local problems.

Paul Muthui

Quality Manager
Ephantus-Munene—Process-Engineer-at-BURN-Manufacturing

Ephantus enjoys the challenge of applying scientific methods in solving day to day problems.

Ephantus Munene

Process Engineer
Sam-Mwangi—Manufacturing-and-Maintenance-Technician-at-BURN-Manufacturing

Engineering - getting his hands greasy, while working with machinery - is more than just a job for Sam. It's what he loves.

Sam Mwangi

Manufacturing and Maintenance Technician
Boston-Nyer-Chief-Innovation-Officer-BURN-Jikokoa

Boston is a co-founder of BURN. His role has ranged from business strategy to managing the jikokoa development and factory launches. Before BURN, he was a consultant for biomass energy and international development.

Boston Nyer

Chief Innovation Officer
Rebecca-Wentworth—Special-Projects-Director-at-BURN-Manufacturing

Rebecca joins BURN after spending nearly a decade working in Nigeria, Tanzania, and Rwanda in solar, WASH, and other engineering projects. Her experience scaling small startups drives the Special Projects Department.

Rebecca Wentworth

Special Projects Director
Leonard-Schurg,-Head-of-Product-Innovation-at-BURN-Manufacturing-Jikokoa

Leonard's experience ranges from microscopic parts & plastic composites to large solar collectors. He has worked in Kenya and the Netherlands with a range of innovative startups dealing with sustainability.

Leonard Schurg

Head of Product Innovation
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