A quarter of a billion dollars was raised for Ireland during Kingsley Aikins' 21 years with the Worldwide Ireland Funds. As we head into 2013 - the year of The Gathering - Kingsley tells TweakYourBiz about the importance of connecting the global diaspora.
Kingsley Aikins has had a fascinating career promoting Ireland throughout the world, including five years in Australia working for the Irish Trade Board and the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) of Ireland. He played a key role in founding both the Australian Ireland Fund and the Ireland Fund of New Zealand. Kingsley subsequently served as Executive Director of The American Ireland Fund before heading up the Worldwide Ireland Funds, which have - to date - raised over three hundred million dollars for projects of peace, culture, community development and education throughout the island of Ireland.
Kingsley now delivers expertise to many countries, including Haiti, through his consultancy firm Diaspora Matters (http://www.diasporamatters.com
) and is a co-founding partner in Networking Matters (http://www.networking-matte...
). He was also invited by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to deliver a keynote address at the 2012 Global Diaspora Forum.
In this exclusive interview, Kingsley tells Fiona Ashe how he secured significant investment for Ireland from Roy Disney, why he credits the commitment of the US to the Northern Ireland peace process as nothing short of sensational and why he believes in 'creative clusters of connected people'.