Kanya King

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Kanya King MBE (born in London) is the founder of the MOBO Awards.[1]


She attended Buckingham Palace at the Queen's invitation to celebrate exceptional achievements by British women such as J. K. Rowling and Cherie Blair and in 1999 was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).[2] Other awards include an honorary fellowship of Goldsmiths College, University of London, an honorary degree of Doctor of Business Administration at London Metropolitan University (2006) as well as a Doctorate from Leeds Metropolitan University (2008).

King appeared alongside four multi-millionaire panel members in the ITV series Fortune - Million Pound Giveaway (2007), where members of the panel decide which "contestants" to award no-string grants, based on the merits of their pitch.

King is a guest speaker to audiences at universities, companies, network events and conferences.

In February 2013 she was assessed as one of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom by Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4.[3]

On 29 October 2015, King was listed by UK-based company Richtopia at number 60 in the list of 100 Most Influential British Entrepreneurs.[4][5]


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