Kanya King

Founder & CEO Of The MOBO Awards



"Founder of the MOBO Awards, Kanya King is a pivotal member of the BAME community. With her guidance and shaping, The MOBO Awards encompass inclusion and diversity, recognising all BAME backgrounds for their contributions to music, media, fashion, culture and the arts. A true advocate for equal opportunities for people of varying ethnic backgrounds, Kanya is an adept and eloquent speaker highly-sought to deliver inclusion and diversity keynotes across the globe."

How to hire Kanya King

Contact the Champions Speakers Agency to provisionally enquire about hiring Kanya King for your next event, today. To get in touch, simply call an official booking agent on 0207 1010 553 or email us at [email protected] for more information.

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Official Feedback from In-Person & Virtual Events

Feedback from In-Person Events:

"Really great thank you!! She was a great inspiration and perfect way to close our team meeting." - Rav, Snapchat

"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

“Thanks again for your tremendous contribution to our conference on Friday. The feedback has been outstanding from delegates and sponsors and the tweeting was just unprecedented for IoD – UK wide, not just here." - Linda, IoD Northern Ireland

“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

"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

Feedback from Virtual Events:

"Kanya was our guest speaker at our recent early careers event, and was a great addition to the programme. She was extremely down to earth, very open to answering questions from the audience, and kept the attendees engaged throughout her entire presentation. We appreciate her willingness to share her career journey with our students and inspire the next generation" - Amelia, Kekst CNC

"Kanya was great today - she spoke in front of 80 people, both men and women, and was very honest and inspiring" - Victoria, Chief Communications Officer, Motorway Online Ltd

"Everyone has been well and truly blown away by Kanya today, feedback that it was the best talk that they've ever been to in Simply Business and I can only echo that feedback. Kanya truly captivated the entire audience and I'm so thankful to have had Kanya speak today" - Serena, TechOps Analyst, Simply Business 

"We would like to say a very warm thank you for your amazing contribution to the success of today's event. We have received tremendous feedback on the event which was well attended (400+ unique participants) and the message well received. Representation is fundamental to achieving true diversity, equity and inclusion for all and whilst there is still work to be done, we believe stories such as the Mobos are the inspiration and examples that we all need to see. Thank you for sharing your vision, experience and craft with us all." - Ash, Lyfetech

  • 2018 - Appointed CBE
  • 2016 - Awarded the Media Pioneer Award at the Music Week Women in Music Awards
  • 2015 - Named at No.60 on the 100 Most Influential British Entrepreneurs by Richtopia
  • 2013 - Named as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the United Kingdom by Woman's Hour & one of BBC's 100 Women
  • 2011 - Named as one of London's Most Influential People by the London Evening Standard
  • 2008 - Awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Leeds Metropolitan University
  • 2006 - Awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration from London Metropolitan University
  • 1999 - Appointed MBE
  • 1996 - Founder of the MOBO Awards
  • Listed on the Powerlist of Britain's Most Influential Black People
  • Awarded the Ambassador at the 12th NatWest Everywoman Awards
  • Awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Institute of Enterprise & Entrepreneurship
  • Awarded the Contribution to Music Award from the Ghana Black Star Network
  • Honoured as a Patron of Music at the City of Westminster College