Kanya King MBE

Honorary graduates 2014-15

Kanya King MBE (LLD)

Thursday 17 July 9:00am

Kanya King is an internationally recognised entrepreneur and innovator in the British music industry. As CEO and founder of MOBO, she is the dynamic force behind the MOBO brand and has played an instrumental role in elevating Urban music and culture to mainstream popular status in the UK.

Kanya’s dedication to MOBO music has since been recognised by a number of influential and prominent bodies. Recent accolades include being listed in the 2011 Guardian Music Power 100 and being honoured as a Patron of Music at City of Westminster College. 

A number of modern artists – including Amy Winehouse, N-Dubz and Emeli Sandé – have had their careers boosted by MOBO.

She has been listed in Real Business Britain’s 100 Most Entrepreneurial Women and the Evening Standard’s 1000 London’s Most Influential People for a number of years. In addition to this she has received numerous honours for her business and community achievements including an Honorary Fellowship at Goldsmiths, University of London and a Doctorate of Business at both London and Leeds Metropolitan Universities. More recently she has been nominated as one of the top 10 role models in this country.

Hugely in demand as a media figure, Kanya makes regular appearances on the BBC, Sky, ITV and CNN and has featured in a wide range of print media – from the Sunday Times, the Guardian and the Telegraph to InStyle and Hello!

Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4 nominated Kanya in their 2013 power list of the top 100 most influential women in Britain. Kanya is also a board member the Entrepreneur Exchange.

Not one to rest on her laurels, Kanya has plans afoot to expand the MOBO brand and its influence still further.