Jeremiah Emmanuel

Jeremiah Emmanuel is a youth activist, public speaker and entrepreneur. He started working within his local community at the age of four, campaigning around issues that affected young people with the Nelson Mandela School Foundation. In 2011 he was elected to the UK Youth Parliament becoming an MYP, and later became a young mayor of Lambeth. Aged fifteen, he founded the BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra Youth council, and created a youth consultancy enterprise, EMNL, which has recently worked with organisations including Rolls-Royce, Nike and the Queens Commonwealth Trust. He is also a member of the Gates Foundation, a youth ambassador for the Big Change Charitable Trust, a Founding Member of the Conduit London. In 2017, he was awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM).

Now 21 years old, he runs an independent record label and a youth consultancy enterprise – he has also written his first book, Dreaming in a Nightmare (Merky Books, 2020). This is a moving and powerful account of the problems faced by a new generation, from crime to poverty to an increasingly divided society, from an extraordinarily accomplished young activist and entrepreneur. In his book, he lays out his five key business lessons: how to hustle, how to have a nothing to lose mentality, and how to persevere, adapt, and give back. He shares these keystones to his ethos and success with audiences. Jeremiah is a great communicator and he passionately believes in providing opportunities for young people through education, particularly the creative arts. His is a story of how to move forward in a world that’s holding you back.


Themes: Adversity, Business, Change, Diversity & Equality, Education, Entrepreneurs, Leadership, Motivation