Richard Brener was born on 30th June, 1833 in Merseburg, Saxony, He was a German explorer of East Africa. After high school, Richard became a forest manager in several Harz properties and then worked in sugar firms.

At the end of 1864, he became a secretary. From February to July 1865, he explored the coastal rivers Osi, Tula and Samba, and from August to September 1865 examined the course of the Jubba. Somalis attacked the expedition on September 30 - October 1, 1865, over Bardera and it killed their four members.

Richard continued towards the coast, returned to Zanzibar and from there returned to Germany. Hearing that Baron Von der Decken was found dead near Bardera on October 3, 1865, his family summoned Brener and Kinzelbach to trace him.

Richard crossed the territory of the Somalis in November 1866, stopping at Brava, until January 1867 without succeeding in winning Bardera. He explored Web and Scheri, then returned to Zanzibar on February 26th. Richard undertook a new journey from March 12, along with the coast of the Gallas, then returned to the river Tana and Osi, to the Sultanate of Witu, before heading to the southland of the Oromos.

He is the first European to map the region. Richard travelled Somali territory, Aden, Muscat, Oman to Gallas, Kingani and then returned to Zanzibar. He returned to Zanzibar in February 1868, then gained Mogadishu and Aden with a young native Oromo, named Djilo, whom he took with him to Europe.

Exhausted by tropical fevers, Richard returned to Merseburg in mid-1871. The Austro-Hungarian government appointed him that year consul in Aden, where he went in 1872, and then left for Zanzibar. Brener mentioned several descriptions of his travels in the Petermanns Mitteilungen, as well as for Globus. Richard Brener died on 22 March, 1874 when he returned to Zanzibar because of fevers tropical in 1874.