Nathaniel Peat

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Nathaniel Peat
EducationBrunel University - BEng (hons) Mechanical Engineering, MSc Advanced Manufacturing Systems
Years active2007–present
Board member ofErnst & Young Foundation, Global Jamaica Diaspora Council
AwardsHonorary Fellow 2019 (Brunel University), JCI TOYP (UK) 2015, Governor General Award (Jamaica) 2015, Universal Peace Federation Achievement Award 2013, London Peace Award 2011, Enterprise Young Brits Award 2007.

Nathaniel Peat is a social entrepreneur and international motivational speaker. At age 25, he founded the nonprofit organization The Safety Box,[1] which uses grassroots methods to interrupt violent behaviour, build entrepreneurship and foster achievement in young people using alternative curriculum[2] in British schools. He is a regular television and radio commentator on youth and education.

2008 saw him feature on UK based BBC Three reality TV show The Last Millionaire[3] where he was the winner of the third episode in Cairo.

Peat was listed on the Courvoisier Observer's Future 500 Next Generation List[4] in 2009. He was a key organiser and speaker of the first Youth Jamaica Diaspora Future Leaders Conference.[5] The conference gained national TV exposure, inclusion in the national radio programs and was featured in all national newspapers. In 2011 he became the first UK Future Leader Jamaica Diaspora Advisory Board member to the minister responsible for Diaspora Affairs within the Jamaican Government.

In 2011 Peat received the Alumnus of the Year medal from Brunel University[6] for outstanding achievement.[7] Later that year he received the London Peace (DREAM) award at City Hall from former London Mayor (current UK Prime Minister) Boris Johnson. In July 2011 Peat spoke at Barclays global headquarters alongside Marcus Agius, and Sir Steve Bullock to encourage entrepreneurship among young people. In 2013, Peat was the winner of the Universal Peace Federation Youth Achievement Award. In 2015 he was the only UK entrepreneur selected by Virgin Unite to attend a week long leadership gathering on Necker Island with Sir Richard Branson for his business GeNNex, which empowers communities through Solar in developing countries.[8] Peat was honoured in June 2015 by Kings House where he received the Governor General Award for Excellence from Sir Patrick Allen ON, GCMG, CD, K.St.J. In 2016 he was listed in the Upstanding 100 Powerlist published by the Financial Times, recognised as an influential BME executive across the US, UK and Ireland. In 2017 he was listed in the UK Black Power List, 100 EMpower List published by the Financial Times and BAME Top 100 Board Index List. In 2018 he was invited to become a fellow of St George House, fellowship of leaders at Windsor Castle and was listed in the EMpower 100 (Ethnic Minority Power) List published by the Financial Times. On 11 December 2019, Peat was awarded the Honorary Fellowship of Brunel University in recognition of his achievements and outstanding support of the University by Sir Richard Sykes Chancellor of the University. In 2020 Peat was elected as the UK (South) Global Jamaica Diaspora Council representative to the Government of Jamaica.

G20 summit[edit]

In 2010 Peat represented Great Britain as a youth delegate for the G20 Toronto young entrepreneurs summit 2010.[9] The discussion points from the G20 YES were drafted into a communiqué that was signed at the end of the Toronto, June 2010 meeting and was handed over to Senior Ministers from the Canadian Government prior to the Heads of State meeting for the G20. The communiqué in brief urges action in five areas:

  • Access to funding: Governments therefore should support alternative mechanisms and institutions that provide young entrepreneurs with the capital they need to start and grow their businesses.
  • Coordinated support: Governments should encourage greater collaboration and cooperation among organizations across the public, private and non-profit sectors, both within our countries and across international boundaries.
  • Entrepreneurship culture: Examples of entrepreneurs who have overcome these and other challenges are role models who can serve as powerful teachers and we encourage our governments to find ways to share these positive examples.
  • Regulation and taxation: Governments should reduce the administrative burden for early-stage businesses founded by young entrepreneurs and enact tax measures that will encourage their growth.
  • Education and training: Governments should encourage entrepreneurial education that value real life experiences – in our schools, colleges and universities and through non-traditional, community-based means.


In October 2016 Peat was listed in the 2017 Powerlist. In January 2011 Peat was listed in the under 40s section of the Powerlist 2011.[10]

Diana Award (Jamaica)[edit]

In 2012 Peat was instrumental in assisting the[11] Diana Award[12] to expand internationally into Jamaica,[13] and former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell became the first International Diana Award Ambassador.[14] On the visit he met with the Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen ON, GCMG, CD, former British High Commissioner to Jamaica Howard Drake OBE and the Jamaican Gov. former Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna.

BBC The Last Millionaire[edit]

In 2008 Nathaniel Peat took part in the UK based BBC Three reality TV show The Last Millionaire,[3] and he was the winner of the third episode in Cairo.

Financial Times Upstanding 100 BME Executive List[edit]

In 2016 Peat was listed in The Financial Times UPstanding Leaders Powerlist.[15]

In November 2018, Peat was named to the Financial Times' list of the 'Top 100 minority ethnic leaders in technology.'[16]

Awards and achievements[edit]

  • 2008 - Winner of BBC Three entrepreneur reality TV show The Last Millionaire, Cairo[3]
  • 2009 - Listed in The Observer's Entrepreneurs to watch[4]
  • 2009 - Listed in Courvoisier Future 500[4]
  • 2011 - Listed in Powerful Media Black Powerlist of Britain's most influential black people (under 40s)[10]
  • 2011 - Brunel University Alumnus of the Year Winner
  • 2011 - Winner of London Peace Award, City Hall
  • 2013 - Invited to become a Fellow RSA
  • 2013 - Winner of UPF Youth Achievement Award
  • 2013 - Winner of Precious Award "Man of the Year"
  • 2014 - International Achievement Award "Role Model of the year"
  • 2014 - Appointed Trustee to EY Foundation (Ernst & Young Foundation)
  • 2015 - JCI TOYP Award Winner UK
  • 2015 - Governor General Award of Excellence (Jamaica) "Diaspora Region"[17]
  • 2015 - Finalist in the Black British business awards
  • 2016 - Listed in Financial Times' Upstanding 100 BME Most Powerful Diversity Executives across USA, UK and Ireland[18]
  • 2017 - Listed in Financial Times' EMpower 100 BME Most Powerful Executives across UK and Ireland
  • 2017 - Listed in Powerful Media, Black Power List of Britain's most influential black people.
  • 2017 - Listed in Green Park BAME Top 100 Board Talent Index
  • 2018 - Patron EY Foundation (Ernst & Young Foundation)
  • 2018 - Fellow of the Society of Leadership Fellows, St Georges House, Windsor Castle
  • 2018 - Listed in Financial Times' EMpower 100 Most Powerful Ethnic Executives across UK and Ireland[19]
  • 2018 - Listed in Green Parks Top 100 BAME Business Leaders in the UK
  • 2018 - Listed in Financial Times 100 Most influential BAME tech leaders in the UK
  • 2019 - Featured in Forbes 6 Renewable Energy Entrepreneurs Lighting up Jamaica[20]
  • 2019 - Awarded Honorary Fellowship of Brunel University.

Other interests[edit]

Peat is the co-founder of GeNNex Elite;[21] a technology company specializing in solar and renewable energy products. He is a qualified pilot, avid musician and 6th degree (dan) black belt in Okinawa Gōjū-ryū (剛柔流) with the Shōgō (称号, "title", "name", "degree") of Kyōshi (教士) of the Japanese honorifics, in his capacity as a karateka, Peat is also Jamaica's World Representative to the WKF[22][23] and is a direct student of Shihan Kyōshi (教士:きょうし) Ronald Yamanaka who was a student of the late Eiichi Miyazato.


  1. ^ Guardian, The (1 July 2008). "Knife crime: Blunting the edge". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 1 July 2008.
  2. ^ Golden, Josie (2 September 2008). "How to stay safe on the streets". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved 2 September 2008.
  3. ^ a b c The Last Millionaire, BBC Three. "The Last Millionaire". BBC. Retrieved 13 November 2008.
  4. ^ a b c 500 Next Generation List, Courvoisier Future. "Observers Future 500 member list". The Guardian.
  5. ^ "The Jamaica Gleaner: Future Leaders Conference Kicks Off". Jamaica Gleaner. Archived from the original on 5 August 2009.
  6. ^ Nathaniel Peat Receives Brunel Alumnus of the Year. "Brunel University Awards Nathaniel Peat". Brunel University. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
  7. ^ University, Brunel. "Nathaniel Peat receives Alumnus of the Year Award 2011". Brunel University. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
  8. ^ Londoners Business Trip to see Richard Bransons Private Island. "Nathaniel Peat goes to Necker Island to see Richard Branson". The Voice Newspaper. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  9. ^ Canada Financial Post, Canada's National Newspaper (23 June 2010). "International Entrepreneurs of the G20: Nathaniel Peat". Financial Post. Retrieved 23 June 2010.
  10. ^ a b Powerlist 2011, Black Powerlist Shifts from Politics, Catwalk, Hip Hop. "Power List". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 November 2010.
  11. ^ Prince-Ly Prize for Young Jamaicans, Diana Award Jamaica. "Diana Award Jamaica". Jamaican Observer. Retrieved 25 March 2012.
  12. ^ "First Jamaican Diana Award Holders". Diana Award. Archived from the original on 1 April 2012.
  13. ^ Diana, Award Jamaica. "Young Jamaicans receive the Princess Diana Award". UK in Jamaica. Archived from the original on 16 April 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2012.
  14. ^ Asafa, Powell. "First International Diana Award Ambassador". Retrieved 19 January 2012.
  15. ^ Hoyos, Carola (16 May 2016). "Diversity champions: UPstanding's top 100 ethnic-minority executives". Financial Times. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  16. ^ "The UK's top 100 black and minority ethnic leaders in technology". Financial Times. 14 November 2018. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  17. ^ House, Kings (18 June 2015). "Six Jamaicans Receive GGAA Diaspora Award". Kings House. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  18. ^ Hoyos, Carola (16 May 2016). "Diversity champions UPstanding's top 100 ethnic-minority executives". Financial Times. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  19. ^ Bell, Amy (31 May 2018). "UK advertising leader tops ethnic minority executives list UK and north American role models were selected on basis of seniority and influence". Financial Times. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  20. ^ Ellmore, James (7 February 2019). "6 renewable energy entrepreneurs lighting up Jamaica". Forbes. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  21. ^ Bennett, Karena (16 January 2015). "Rural Youths being groomed as Entrepreneurs". Jamaica Observer. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  22. ^ Walters, Ainsley (5 November 2018). "Brown Hunts Karate Gold in Madrid". Jamaica Gleaner. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  23. ^ Foster, Ryan (29 March 2019). "JOA says historic Cargill gold will strengthen Pan-Am Medal chances". Jamaica Oberserver. Jamaica Observer. Retrieved 29 March 2019.

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