Artificial Intelligence . Innovation

Based: Cape Town

At the age of 43, Kieno Kammies is a veteran broadcaster having spent 25 years in commercial media. Some of the brands he has done work for include NBC TV News New York and London; The BBC;  Worldwide TV News (APTN); Reuters International TV, with his latest radio job being the host of the weekday breakfast show , The Kieno Kammies Show which he has hosted for close to 6 years now. Kieno previously hosted the biggest independent commercial breakfast show in South Africa on JacarandaFM, and was also one of the longest serving hosts on the iconic Talk@9 show for Primedia Broadcasting.

Over and above media, Kieno is a Global MC and participant in economic development forums focusing on entrepreneurial development, with a specific focus on disruptive technologies which could turn business as we know it on its head.

Some of the latest engagements that Kieno has been involved in include being a facilitator and MC at the SA Innovation Summit which included a discussion panel he managed with South African Silicon Valley heavyweights; MC and facilitator of discussions at the Western Cape Trade and Investment Promotion Agency; Work done for the IDCEE, the annual conference on Internet technologies and innovations uniting the world leading IT entrepreneurs from Central and Eastern Europe. Finally Kieno was invited to engage with global entrepreneurs at the Seedstars World which is a Switzerland based startup competition that takes place in emerging markets.

Kieno also partook in the Western Cape Funding Fair with Deloitte, which seeks to connect innovative business to big industry and funders.


As a talk show host concentrating on current affairs, the resources sector, and the challenges it faces as well as opportunities it presents, features regularly on the Kieno Kammies Show, with Kieno’s core interest lying in disruptive technologies and ideas which will have the greatest local impact.

Kieno was also invited to speak and partake in the Unearthed Cape Town hackathon event held at Workshop17 on the V & A Waterfront from 5-7 February 2016, run by the founders of Unearthed Australia. Unearthed is a global innovation program, consisting primarily of hackathon events, that look to solve resources sector challenges by developing, implementing and supporting new technologies.

At this event Anglo American provided several challenges and data sets, that people in the technology space had to find potential solutions for.

Over an above all of this Kieno works with International disrupters and people in the innovation space, including people like Marijn Sandtke who’s business Spectral Technologies is working on tech that revolutionizes the way rocks are analyzed in the mining sector, which will lead to better efficiency in areas like iron ore mining for example.

Kieno’s business KKStrategic connects various sectors with innovations that can transform not only big business, but also has an impact in enterprise development.