Ugandans Making a Difference ~ White House Highlights TMS Ruge as a “Champion of Change” and Trailblazer in American Diaspora Communities

Posted January 28, 2012 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Events ~ 2,990 views


THE WHITE HOUSE, Office of Communications, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 27, 2012 ~ WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, January 30th, the White House will honor TMS Ruge as one of fourteen Champions of Change who are leaders in American Diaspora communities with roots in the Horn of Africa.

These leaders are helping to build stronger neighborhoods in communities across the country, and are working to mobilize networks across borders to address global challenges.

The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.

“These men and women are American leaders we want to celebrate,” said Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough. “We commend the innovative practices, achievements and leadership these change makers bring not only to their communities around this country—but also to the development of and diplomacy with their countries of origin.”

To watch this event live, visit at 3:00 pm ET January 30th.

TMS Ruge is currently serving as the lead social media strategist for the Connect4Climate campaign at the World Bank. In 2007, he cofounded Project Diaspora, an online platform for mobilizing, engaging and motivating members of Africa Diaspora to engage in matters important to the continent’s development.

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, PopTech, The Globe and Mail, The Guardian. He blogs at the He was born in Masindi, Uganda and grew up in Uganda, Kenya and the United States.

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