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Richard Gevers

Open Data Durban
Director
Durban Area, South Africa
Richard is the founder of Open Data Durban, a civic technology lab with a focus on the development of open data for application to urban challenges within the city of Durban, South Africa.

Open Data Durban is a non-profit civic technology lab that uses open data and civic technology in initiatives that work to build inclusive and responsive cities that can then realise democracy and citizen-centredness. It implements and advocates for active citizens, open data, future inclusive cities, open government and civic technology. We work closely with local partners and stakeholders such as eThekwini Municipality.

Prior to founding Open Data Durban, Richard worked as an economist, based in Durban, South Africa, for eight years where he interacted with both private clients and all tiers of South African government on a range of projects in various sectors. 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 society. When he finds spare time he grows his beard, brews beer, appreciates good coffee and likes to tell people he listens to vinyl.