Richard Siegler has helped improve thousands of people’s lives in multiple countries in East and West Africa since 2004. After university, Richard served in the Peace Corps in Benin (2004-2007), where he helped to raise funds and build a medical clinic for a rural area of 25,000 people. Since his years in Benin, Richard has dedicated his career to improving the quality of and access to healthcare and education for people living in poverty throughout Africa.
As President and CEO of Bulamu Healthcare, Richard leads a team of dedicated health system professionals who are transforming the delivery of public healthcare in East Africa. Since 2016, Bulamu has facilitated free care for more than 300,000 general medicine and Maternal and Child Health patients, including directly treating more than 10,000 surgery patients. Bulamu has also become a valued partner to the Ugandan Ministry of Health by providing critical training and education programs and data reporting and management tools for more than 350 public health facilities that receive 4 million patient visits per year. Bulamu also supports emergency transportation and financial support for medical care for patients in need.
Prior to joining Bulamu, Richard served as a co-founder of the Bridge2Rwanda Scholars program, which he led from 2011-2017. Based in Kigali, this program has now enabled 370 outstanding high school graduates from Rwanda, Burundi, DR-Congo, and South Sudan to accept more than $80 million in full scholarships to attend many of the top universities in the world, a more than 10x increase compared to the previous decade.
Richard has a Master’s degree from UC-Davis and was a Fulbright Scholar based at the National University of Rwanda in 2010-11. He resides in Barrington, Illinois where he enjoys spending time with his wife and their two sons.