TMS Ruge was born in Masindi, Uganda and grew up in Uganda, Kenya and the United States. Capitalizing on his understanding of different cultures and markets, Ruge has become a successful global entrepreneur and respected thought leader on social change in Africa. In 2012, the White House recognized his achievements with a Champion of Change award.
Following his passion to engage the continent and develop practical solutions to generate meaningful social change, Ruge has founded and co-founded a number of businesses including Raintree Farms, an agriculture business in his hometown of Masindi, Uganda, remit.ug, a money transfer platform, Hive Colab, Uganda’s first technology incubator, and Project Diaspora, an online platform to connect Africans living abroad. In 2010, TMS Ruge founded the Villages in Action interactive conference, which has enabled rural Ugandans to contribute to the global dialogue about development in Africa.
Ruge has over a decade of experience helping African and international organizations, including clients like the World Bank, use design, social media and technology to engage with the public, maintain a competitive edge and foster a global presence. He is also the board member and advisor to several organizations including Africans in the Diaspora, Hive Colab, UN Foundation and Uganda Research Institute. While known for being a staunch critic of development projects, he believes in the value and power of a global partnership to support social and economic development in Africa.
A technology enthusiast, Ruge writes and speaks extensively on Africa’s current renaissance driven by technology, youth and the Diaspora. He is a frequent contributor to several online publications including CNN, The Globe and Mail, and The Guardian. He makes frequent media appearances, including on Al Jazeera, the BBC, and Huffington Post Live.
Ruge has a degree in Communication Design from the University of Texas and is the Uganda record holder in high jump, pole vault and the decathlon.