Rwanda Build Program
Mr Rob Rickard, Software Developer Lead
Rob Rickard is the Director of the tech hub, Rwanda Build Program (RWBuild), and initially composed the '912Rwanda' detailed project plans and technology architecture in 2018, relying heavily on information from the Rwanda Ministry of Health SAMU department and local Rwandan global health professionals. Rob is excited to move the 912Rwanda project forward with the mission to reduce the overall travel time of ambulances in Kigal and with the NIH & NIHR Grant partners to also help improve prehospital emergency care through research, education, and training.
Starting in the 1990s Rob was a tech consultant building communication servers for Non-Prfots, SMEs, K12 schools, and a couple of higher education institutions.
Rob is currently a US 'Techpreneur' (tech-entrepreneur) residing in Kigali. He mentored tech startups in Kigali for a decade, launching five products into the Rwandan market through his tech hub, RWBuild. In addition, Rob is a public speaker on entrepreneurism, startups, technology, communication, and productivity and has sat on steering committees for innovation and regulations in Rwanda. Aside from the 912Rwanda project, Rob is focused on the future of the Cashless Society as Founder and Interim CEO of Guhemba Ltd, an advanced payment solution in Africa.
Rob's favorite pastime is simply traveling around with his smarter, better-looking, more well-liked, and crazy fabulous wife, Jennifer. She is a global health surgeon supporting surgery capacity building in Rwanda.