Kanya King

Founding CEO of the MOBO Awards, Named on The Guardian's Top 20 Ethnic Minorities in the Media

  • Founded the MOBOs in 1996
  • Named on the Evening Standard’s 1,000 Most Influential People in London
  • Winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Music Week Women in Music Awards
  • Named on The Guardian’s Top 20 Ethnic Minorities in the Media
  • Honoured with an OBE and CBE

Kanya King is a highly successful entrepreneur, best known for being the founder and CEO of the MOBO Awards. Recognising that black artists were often overlooked during award ceremonies purely because of the colour of their skin, Kanya cultivated the MOBO Awards as a place that the talents of black people could be recognised and appreciated. Having pioneered diversity and inclusion in the music and entertainment industry, Kanya is now a popular BAME speaker who uses her platform to champion equality and diversity throughout society.

In 1996 the first-ever MOBO Awards took place, and since the event has gone on to become one of the most iconic music awards in the world. Over the years a whole host of global stars have been honoured at the event including Jay-Z, Kanye West, Amy Winehouse and more, with Kanya herself receiving a number of accolades. Kanya has previously been recognised with a CBE in 2018, and honorary doctorates from London Metropolitan and Leeds University. She has also been named one of London’s Most Influential People by the London Evening Standard, one of Britain’s Most Entrepreneurial Women and One of Britain’s Most Influential Black People on the Powerlist. Kanya’s work with the MOBOs has seen her become a popular TV personality and in 2007 she appeared on Fortune– Million Pound Giveaway awarding grants to up-and-coming entrepreneurs.

As one of The Guardian’s Top 20 Ethnic Minorities in the Media, Kanya remains committed to establishing a meaningful change in society. Having pioneered a platform which has allowed stars such as Craig David and Emeli Sandé to prosper, Kanya is now a popular BAME speaker who always leaves a lasting impression on audiences thanks to her fascinating anecdotes and thought-provoking messages. Kanya has also created MOBOLISE, an incentive that is empowering black people and helping them to reach the top of the creative industry. As a BAME speaker, Kanya King passionately pushes the importance of having a diverse working team, weighing up the opportunities and benefits of having a diverse and inclusive team in the ‘decade of opportunity’.

Official Testimonials

Kanya King is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:

“Kanya is an inspiration to women around the world! Listening to her journey really kicked off the launch of our diversity & inclusion program. Her endless energy and positivity shines through in her speaking. Our employees left feeling motivated, invigorated and compelled to follow their dreams.”

AOL International

“She gave us an amazing in-depth speech and answered all questions both coherently and comprehensively – so I think it’s fair to say Kanya was the best choice for our event. We have had glowing reviews from our participants who were impressed by her and also the fact that they were able to interact and ask her questions!”

Kofi Deloitte

“It was great to have Kanya to speak – we have received some great feedback and our audience loved hearing your story.”

Joanna, Partner Ernst & Young LLP

“Really great thank you!! She was a great inspiration and perfect way to close our team meeting”

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To enquire about Kanya King for your event or corporate function, simply contact us via agent@bame-speakers.com or call a booking agent on 0207 1010 553.