A Whiz Kid in Kenya
April 10, 2008 1:22 PM Subscribe
posted by lunit (7 comments total)
, a 2007 Brown University graduate and recent recipient of the Draper Richards Fellowship
and the Rainer Arnhold Fellowship
, is the 2005 Founder and Executive Director of
, a non-profit community-based organization in Kenya. KOMAZA's mission is to "end chronic poverty in Kenya by promoting health, economic growth, education, and infrastructure development" through a tree farming social enterprise
. Partnering with the Tree Biotechnology Project
, KOMAZA plants fast-growning, drought-tolerant Eucalyptus trees
as a cash crop for rural, substinance farming communities.
In 2002, then 17-year-old Tevis Howard was recognized by Forbes ASAP magazine
(which ceased publication in October 2002) as an ASAP Teenage All Star
and won third place in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
for his research developing a novel treatment for multiple sclerosis. Declared to be a "prodigy" and a "whiz kid"
early on, Tevis helped publish a report
in 2002 on immunology and Malaria in Kenya. In 2006, Tevis won a Rhode Island competition
for his KOMAZA business plan.