Kingsley Aikins, CBE
Co-Founder of Networking Matters…2011-
Worldwide President and CEO of The Ireland Funds 1992 – 2010.
Sydney representative of The Irish Trade Board and IDA Ireland 1985 -1992
Graduate -Trinity College Dublin (1974)…BA Mod Economics and Politics
Member Institutes of Marketing, Export and Linguists (French and Spanish)
Played rugby for Trinity, Irish Universities, Leinster and Vichy (France).
Kingsley worked for The Ireland Funds for 21 years and during that time over a quarter of a billion dollars was raised and distributed to over 1200 projects in Ireland, North and South. These projects were in the areas of peace and reconciliation, arts and culture, education and community development. The Funds are now active in 39 cities in 13 countries around the world and over 40,000 people attend more than 100 events annually.
Kingsley is a recognized authority on global diaspora issues, philanthropy and networking and has written and spoken extensively on the topics.
In 2008 he was awarded a CBE for fostering British-Irish relations.