Kingsley Aikins

Kingsley Aikins has spent much of the last year running webinars for companies on the importance of Networking. In 2020 he ran over 80 webinars in 11 countries on the topic. In particular, he focuses on ‘How to network when you can’t network’ and he has developed a unique 4 step process on how to survive and thrive in these difficult times by building a strong and diverse network. Networking, a key soft skill, is not taught at school or college and companies don’t have strategies for it.

In particular he focuses on:

  • Building Social Capital
  • Auditing your Network
  • Managing serendipity
  • Becoming a great listener
  • Developing your Personal Brand
  • Networking and career progress

Kingsley has lived and worked in 6 countries. For 21 years he was CEO of The Ireland Funds, mostly based in the US, a network of Irish Diaspora organisations around the world active now in 39 cities in 13 countries. During his time with The Ireland Funds over a quarter of a billion dollars was raised for projects in Ireland. He has now worked with over 30 countries helping them to develop their own Diaspora strategies. He has written and spoken extensively on the topic internationally.

Prior to heading up The Ireland Funds he worked for Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland and was based in Sydney. He is an Economics and Politics graduate of Trinity College Dublin with a postgraduate qualification in Export Marketing. He represented Trinity College, Irish Universities, Vichy (France) and Leinster at rugby. In 2008 he was awarded a CBE for his work on British Irish relations.

Kingsley has spoken and presented at many events around the world, was an outstanding MC for the Pendulum Summit in Dublin and gave a highly acclaimed TEDx talk in Vilnius. In the past year he has run webinars for Bank of Ireland, HSBC, Davy, KPMG, AIB, Dublin Chamber of Commerce, UCC, AirBnB, Investec, Avolon and many other companies and organisations. He has developed a reputation for delivering thoughtful, humorous and inspiring presentations that have been extremely well received.