Kanya King

Founder of the MOBO Awards, Co-Founder of DanceStar, Named on the Powerlist of the Most Influential Black People in Britain

  • Co-founder of DanceStar & The World Dance Music Awards
  • 2016 Media Pioneer Award from the Music Week Women in Music Awards
  • Named as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the UK by Woman’s Hour & one of London’s Most Influential People by the London Evening Standard
  • Listed on the Powerlist of Britain’s Most Influential Black People & as one of Britain’s Most Entrepreneurial Women by Real Business
  • Named as one of the Top 30 Ethnic Minorities in Media by The Guardian & appointed CBE

Kanya King is the founder and CEO of the MOBO Awards, an awards ceremony established to appreciate music from black backgrounds. Passionate to create a more diverse and inclusive world, Kanya has increased representation of the genres of reggae, jazz, hip hop, grime and rap and recognised people from black backgrounds across music, arts, media, culture and fashion- bringing increased awareness to diverse cultures worldwide. Now booked as a speaker, Kanya is sought to share how she made the MOBO Awards a success.

Since the first MOBO Awards, stars such as Goldie, Usher, Leona Lewis, Young T & Bugsy and more have been recognised. Kanya has fronted the awards for many years, watched by thousands in over 200 different countries. Outside of her work with the MOBO Awards, Kanya is also the co-founder of DanceStar and The World Dance Music Awards along with supporting charities such as The African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust, Warchild, Action Medical Research and The Loomba Foundation.

Highly commended for making mainstream media more inclusive and diverse, Kanya has been recognised on countless lists. She has been named on the Powerlist of Britain’s Most Influential Black People and the Debrett’s 500 list. She has also been ranked on the 100 Most Powerful Women in the UK list, the London’s Most Influential People list, the Top 30 Ethnic Minorities in the Media list and named as one of Britain’s Most Entrepreneurial Women. She has also claimed the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship and the Ambassador Award at the NatWest Everywoman Awards.

Appointed both MBE and CBE, Kanya is a role model of diversity and inclusion and has revolutionised the music industry with her inclusive awards. Having represented those forgotten by traditional awards, Kanya has set the standards for equality and is a fantastic female motivational speaker to encourage inclusion across society as a whole. When looking for a motivational speaker who will empower and encourage audiences to support all no matter their race, ethnicity or gender Kanya King is a perfect choice.

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 shine through in her speaking. Our employees left feeling motivated, invigorated and compelled to follow their dreams.”

AOL International

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

Rav, Snapchat

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

Linda, IoD Northern Ireland

“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 

To enquire about Kanya King for your event or corporate function, simply contact us via agent@female-motivational-speakers.com or call a booking agent on 0203 9158 282.