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Kanya King MBE


Entrepreneur and Founder of the MOBO Awards

Kanya King is a world-renowned entrepreneur and inspirational speaker on Diversity and leadership and founder of the MOBO Awards

While working as a TV researcher, Kanya noticed the massive gap in the market for a mainstream British awards ceremony celebrating music influenced and inspired by black music.

With Britpop at its peak and with urban music still under the radar, Kanya found it hard to get support and traction behind her idea. Instead, she decided to she re-mortgaged her house to fund the TV production herself and using all of her persuasion skills got Carlton TV (ITV London) to broadcast it – all inside six weeks.

Kanya helped to take black music from the edge of British culture to the heart of the mainstream culture in the UK and around the world.

MOBO has since grown into a globally respected brand and is a champion of diversity, inclusion and recognition for all BME talent within music, culture, arts, fashion, media and larger society as a whole.

The awards have helped provide a stage for upcoming artists that have included -Stormzy, Amy Winehouse, Goldie, Skepta, Rita Ora, Craig David, Ms Dynamite, Dizzee Rascal, Emile Sandé and Tinie Tempah and the event itself is now attended by superstar performers such as Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Janet Jackson, Usher, P. Diddy, Diana Ross, John Legend and Rihanna.

Kanya was presented with an MBE in 1999.


Kanya King is asked to speak on a wide range of topics including

• Leadership
• Entrepreneurship
• Overcoming Adversity
• Diversity
• Taking on Challenges
• Women in Business



Diversity & Inclusion
Women in Business


We have worked with Matthew for many years and will continue to do so. His knowledge of the Speaker Market and ability to interpret our clients requirements is quite exceptional.

He is incredibly thorough in his approach and always goes that extra mile to ensure everything is exactly as required.

I am always happy working with Matthew, he has great credibility, he is very diverse in his ability to make things happen.

Matthew Fisher and I have worked together for many number of years. I have always found Matt to be honest, good natured and willing to work hard always carefully selecting the best appearances to suit my personality and lifestyle. The work Matthew has delivered for me over the years has varied from schools, colleges, attending film premiers, guest speaking  to name a few all of which I have lots of memories and thoroughly enjoyed.