June Chepkemei, former Acting MD of the Kenya Investment Authority (KenInvest), has been named the new CEO of the Kenya Tourism Board.

Chepkemei will hold the position for the next three years, succeeding John Chirchir who has been at the helm of the tourism board in acting capacity since November 2022.

Her appointment was confirmed via a gazette notice dated March 19, 2024. “In exercise of the powers conferred by Section 37(1) of the Tourism Act, 2011, the Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife appoints June Teclar Chepkemei to be the Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Tourism Board,” the notice reads in part.

Chepkemei was appointed Acting KenInvest MD in January 2023 by then Trade Cabinet Secretary, Moses Kuria. She was at the time tasked with the responsibility of spearheading strategies to attract and grow investment to Kenya from US$500 million to US$10 billion by end of 2023.

In 2022, Chepkemei led Kenya’s team in a successful bid to host the 41st International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation world conference slated for 2024. She was also part of the team that was charged with delivering Technology and Innovation Jamhuri in 2022.

She has served as a member of the Taskforce on the Kenya Media Policy Guidelines, following her appointment by then ICT, Innovation, and Youth Affairs CS in 2021. Chepkemei was named among the Top 25 Women in Digital 2021, having pioneered the Konza Innovation Ecosystem Initiative that brought together various industry stakeholders to support the commercialisation of research, innovation and the development of new solutions and enterprises within Konza Technopolis.

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