Robert was born in Cape Town and studied electronic engineering at the University of Stellenbosch. He established a satellite engineering programme at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in 2009. Under his Directorship of the French South African Institute of Technology at CPUT, this programme has developed into a prominent regional centre for satellite technology innovation. The group focuses on CubeSats as technology platform. The team of students and staff developed TshepisoSAT, Africa’s first nanosatellite, which was launched on 21 November 2013. Robert is passionate about leveraging international knowledge networks to contribute to the socio-economic development of Africa. Overseeing a satellite programme that truly represents Africa serves as a unique platform to develop such initiatives. In this regard, he established the International African CubeSat Workshop series to provide a developmental forum for networking among the fledgling CubeSat communities on the continent. Robert regularly participates in outreach events, as well as invited speaker at forums throughout Africa. In his spare time he enjoys playing the French Horn.