Dr Kelvin Kemm is a Business Strategy Consultant and runs his own company, Stratek, based in Pretoria.
He studied at the University of KwaZulu Natal where he gained degrees in mathematics and nuclear physics.
On completing a PhD at the age of 26, he started work as a research and development scientist at the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa.
He then moved into the management of technology and became involved in a wide variety of projects in many industrial sectors, giving him wide exposure to South Africa’s technological and industrial base.
Kelvin Kemm also became involved in the development of training programmes, and he regularly lectures at a variety of institutions ranging from schools to the Defence College. He is also a part-time lecturer in various MBA programmes. He has lectured at many universities including 7 universities in the United States.
Dr Kemm believes that a healthy economy needs a wide appreciation of the role of technology.
As a result of this belief, he became interested in the public awareness of technology and has written over 1000 popular interest articles in journals, magazines and newspapers, internationally.
He has also regularly appeared on radio and TV programmes in South Africa and overseas and is a regular speaker at public events.
He has been involved in video and film productions in the role of creator, designer, scriptwriter and presenter. TV series that he created include: Curiosity Feeds the Cat; Halley’s Comet; The Environment and Packaging; and Impact.
Dr Kemm founded the environment and technology lobby group Green and Gold Forum. The Forum’s objective is to bring a scientifically accurate and balanced view of environmental issues to the public and senior national decision-makers.
In 1994 Dr Kemm was appointed to the International Board of Advisors of the Washington DC- based environment and technology lobby group; The Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow. In Washington DC Dr Kemm has given both Senate and Congressional briefings.
In October 1996, Dr Kemm was the first person from Africa to be appointed to the European Science and Environment Forum (ESEF).
An entry concerning Dr Kemm was entered into Who’s Who in the World in 2001.
Dr Kemm has written two books; a public interest book on South African technology: Techtrack – A Winding Path of South African Development and a coffee table book: At the Forefront of Weather.
He also has his own column in Engineering News, which has an international readership. In 2003 he was awarded the Lifetime Achiever’s Award in Science and Technology, by the National Science and Technology Forum.
In 2005 he was a finalist in the Men’s Health magazine Best Man in South Africa Award. In 2007 he was awarded a Circle of Valour award by The Knights of Durban.
He has also been active in charity projects and served in Round Table becoming Round Table Chairman in Pretoria in 1987.