Kingsley Aikins is the founder and CEO of The Networking Institute, a Dublin based organisation whose mission is to help individuals and organisations achieve their goals through Networking. He is a recognised expert on the topic and has written and spoken extensively on the benefits of Networking and how to get better at it. He has run workshops and developed online and offline training programmes in the areas of Networking, Public Speaking, Philanthropy and Diaspora Engagement. To date he has trained over 10,000 people in more than 100 organisations in 22 countries. Clients include major accounting, consulting, law, non-profit and government organisations. He is an Economics and Politics graduate from Trinity College Dublin. In his career he has worked 10 years for the Irish Trade Board and IDA Ireland and was based in Sydney. He then led The Ireland Funds for 21 years mostly based in Boston. In his time with the Funds over a quarter of a billion dollars was raised for projects in Ireland. He was awarded a CBE for his work on British – Irish relations. He represented Trinity College, Irish Universities, Vichy (France) and Leinster at rugby. He is married with three children and lives in Dublin.