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Kanya King

Kanya King MBE is an internationally recognised entrepreneur and innovator in the British music industry. As CEO and founder of MOBO Organisation, Kanya is the dynamic force behind the MOBO Awards. An inspiring speaker, Kanya brings critical business messages to life, underpinned by a determination to succeed and an infallible work ethic.

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Kanya King Biography

Kanya King is the CEO and founder of the Mobo Awards, she is an entrepreneur and one of the UK’s most recognised business women; she is a powerful and inspiring keynote speaker.

In 2015 Kanya was honoured with an MBE and was presented with the NatWest Everywomen Ambassador Award in recognition of her entrepreneurial ambitions and commitment to advocating female leadership.

Kanya grew up in a large family and was the youngest of nine children, throughout her childhood she listened to black music and found it to be inspirational. Kanya attended Goldsmiths College, London where she studied English Literature; during her studies Kanya would set up music nights in order to emphasis the popularity of music of black origin.

Her idea for the Mobo Awards developed while she was working as a researcher for a TV production company. She knew that there was a need for an awards ceremony...

Kanya King is the CEO and founder of the Mobo Awards, she is an entrepreneur and one of the UK’s most recognised business women; she is a powerful and inspiring keynote speaker.

In 2015 Kanya was honoured with an MBE and was presented with the NatWest Everywomen Ambassador Award in recognition of her entrepreneurial ambitions and commitment to advocating female leadership.

Kanya grew up in a large family and was the youngest of nine children, throughout her childhood she listened to black music and found it to be inspirational. Kanya attended Goldsmiths College, London where she studied English Literature; during her studies Kanya would set up music nights in order to emphasis the popularity of music of black origin.

Her idea for the Mobo Awards developed while she was working as a researcher for a TV production company. She knew that there was a need for an awards ceremony that would acknowledge and celebrate music of black origin. In order to get the Mobo’s up and running, Kanya had to get sponsors and convince TV networks that these awards were worthwhile sharing with the public. Kanya’s dedication to her idea was evident when she re-mortgaged her house in order to launch the first Mobo Awards show, which she organised in six weeks with a production crew, sponsors and famous names from the music industry attending.

The show was a huge success and was attended by Tony and Cherie Blair, Lionel Richie and Gabrielle, the Mobo’s have since become and annual event and are considered to be one of the UK music industry’s highlights of the year. Kanya made the decision to move the Mobo’s to Glasgow where they have been well received.

Kanya was acknowledged by the Queen for her hard work when she was invited to stand beside JK Rowling and Cherie Blair at Buckingham Palace in order to celebrate outstanding achievements by British women.

Kanya has appeared on ITV’s programme ‘Fortune-A Million Pound Giveaway’ as one of the Fortune 5, she also had a three part series on CNN looking at her journey to set up the Mobo Awards. In 2009 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Music from Leeds Metropolitan University and she is also a Patron of the Horniman Museum.

Kanya has spoken for companies such as HSBC, Morgan Stanley and the Scottish Institute for Enterprise. She also became part of the Inspire and Mentor Campaign for Marie Claire.

The determination that Kanya has shown throughout her career is enough to inspire any audience, her experience creating and organising one of the UK’s biggest events in the music industry has led her to become an accomplished business keynote speaker.

For further information or to book Kanya King, call us at Speakers Corner on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email info@speakerscorner.co.uk

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