Teddy was born and raised in Kenya and carries on with the family tradition of eco-friendly stove design and construction.  He has directed his father's legacy  the Woodlands 2000 Trust over the last decade,  and has contributed greatly to the conservation and enhancment  of natural forest regeneration throughout Kenya .

Elsen Karstad is a Canadian national and long-time resident of Kenya who combines his educational background as an ecologist with a flair for engineering and sales. Elsen’s role in the Seedballs Initiative, through his company Chardust Ltd., is the design and operation of the innovative seedball production system. Elsen is a pilot, wildlife photographer and eco-enterpreneur.

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Mikhail Kuzi is Creative Director at Avocado Creative Studio in Nairobi, Kenya. His background encompasses several disciplines in design and business including brand development, strategy and graphic design.

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John Njuguna takes care of Chardust’s administrative systems, personnel, accounts and day to day operations.   John and Elsen have been inseperable business partners in various ventures close to twenty years.  He contributes his vast knowledge and experience of farming in Kenya to help create trees from seeds.

Amy Sandys-Lumsdaine is an established Wildlife Artist and married to Elsen Karstad.  After gaining a Bsc & Msc in Textile Design, Design Management and Technology at U.M.I.S.T, Amy moved to Kenya in 1997.  Amy has designed, created and manages the website for Seedballs Kenya and contributes her knowledge on design and merchandise.


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Nancy Kinyanjui has returned to Kenya after 11 years developing and managing and a boutique inn and organic farm in New Mexico. She is proud to be back at home in Kenya working with the Seedballs team and her family to further her father's legacy of environmental stewardship. Nancy brings her expertise in aligning strategic initiatives with operations.  

Susie Kinyanjui has recently joined the Seedballs team after working internationally in public health. Over the past 10 years, her background in public health has included nonprofit resource development and governance, as well as project cycle management. Susie's return to Cookswell Jikos and Seedballs Kenya is spurred by her love for trees and the environment.

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Together they have researched and developed Seedballs. Chardust is involved with manufacture and Cookswell Jikos is involved with sales, marketing and distribution.


Seedballs Kenya is a joint collaboration between Chardust Ltd and Cookswell Jikos.

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