Richard is the founder of Open Data Durban, a civic tech lab with a focus on the development of open data for application to urban challenges within the city of Durban, South Africa. He is also the CEO and co-founder of GMA Innovations, a data science startup with a focus on building data products and tools that aid socio-economic development and planning.

Open Data Durban is a non-profit civic technology lab that promotes open data in the city. We implement and advocate for open data, open government and civic technology through our projects, events, workshops and dataquests, working with civic technology partners such as Code for South Africa, Code for Africa, and local partners and stakeholders such as the eThekwini Municipality.

Prior to this Richard worked as an economist, based in Durban, South Africa, for eight years where he interacted with both private clients and all three tiers of South African government (municipal, provincial, and national) on a diverse range of projects implementing urban planning, socio-economic impact analysis, feasibility, financial and business modelling, and optimisation studies. These projects spanned the sectors of renewable energy, waste management, water, transport, agri-processing, economic development and policy, education technology, social development and health, and tourism.

He is an entrepreneur with a dedication to the advancement of African communities through dynamic solutions and tools, hoping to empower socio-economic development and to affect social change. He has a deep interest in openness and transparency in civic society. In his spare time he brews beer, appreciates good coffee and listens to vinyl.