The vision of The Key is E came from the hearts of two extraordinary Africans and social activists, united by a passion to improve children’s lives. Paul Lindley and Emmanuel Jal dreamt of creating an organisation that would bring to life the ambitions of African social entrepreneurs whose mission complemented their own, by positively impacting children.
Emmanuel grew up as a child soldier in South Sudan, before being rescued by a British aid worker and taken to Kenya. There, he overcame his struggles to emerge as an award-winning recording artist and peace activist.
Paul grew up in Zambia. He is the founder of Ella’s Kitchen , a leading global brand of organic baby food and Paddy’s Bathroom , a social start-up producing organic toiletries for toddlers while providing clean water to communities in Rwanda.
In 2014, Paul and Emmanuel spent time in Kenya meeting social entrepreneurs and offered financial and value-in-kind investments to several of them. By the end of the trip they were clear that exponential social impact could be achieved by offering communities more than just financial support.
The Key is E has attracted an exemplary board…
Lord Michael Hastings, chair.
Independent UK peer and global head
of corporate citizenship at KPMG
Paul Lindley, trustee. Co-founder of
The Key is E. Founder of Ella’s Kitchen
and Paddy’s Bathroom.
Rob Wilson, trustee. Director of
Tim Campbell, trustee. First winner
of The Apprentice and founder
of The Bright Ideas Trust.
Stephen Kelly, trustee. Co-founder of 2020
Carl Liederman, trustee. International charity lawyer
and founder of Liedership.
Emmanuel Jal. Founding ambassador of
The Key is E. Actor, musician and activist.
Lenka Setkova, Executive director,
Jeremiah Kuria. Entrepreneur. Co-founder
and Kenya director of Ubuntu.
Cecilia Ayot. Entrepreneur. Head of Mothers’
Catering and St Martin’s School, Kibera.
Paul Payne, Operations consultant and
co-founder of Dunamis Network.
Georgina-Kate Adams, Brand and communications
consultant and founder of The Seed, Africa.