TMS Ruge

Founder and CEO, Raintree Farms

TMS Ruge has over a decade of experience helping African and international organizations use design, social media, and technology to engage with the public, maintain a competitive edge, and foster a global presence. TMS is the founder and CEO of Raintree Farms, an agriculture business in his hometown of Masindi, Uganda, as well as the co-founder of, a money transfer platform; and Hive Colab, Uganda’s first technology incubator.He received the 2012 Champion of Change Award from the White House and is a respected contributor on Africa’s renaissance. His articles have appeared in media outlets including the Guardian, New York Times, CNN, and the Globe and Mail.He is also one of the founders of Jaded Aid. Read more.


Driving the Development Conversation with JadedAid

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