18th October: Kanya King
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 U.K.
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 Goldsmith University 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.
Not one to rest on her laurels, Kanya has plans afoot to expand the MOBO brand and its influence still further.