Kingsley Aikins was born and educated in Dublin attending The High School and Trinity College where he graduated with an honours degree in Economics and Politics. He also has a post graduate diploma in export marketing. He is a member of the Institutes of Exports, Marketing and Linguists (French and Spanish). For 5 years he was the Sydney, Australia based representative of the Irish Trade Board and IDA Ireland. While there he founded the Lansdowne Club - now one of the largest Irish business networks in the world with over 3000 members. In Australia he also established the Australian Ireland Fund and the Ireland Fund of New Zealand. In 1992 he moved to Boston to take over as Executive Director of The American Ireland Fund. During his time with the Funds over a quarter of a billion dollars was raised and distributed to more than 1200 non profit organisations in Ireland. In 1995 he was appointed President and CEO of the Worldwide Ireland Funds which had activities in 39 cities in 13 countries attended by over 40,000 people. He produced a Philanthropy and Fundraising Toolkit in 2009.
In January 2010 he left The Ireland Funds and established Diaspora Matters a consultancy company based in Dublin which advises governments, regions, cities, companies and organisations how to develop strategies to connect with their Diasporas. He writes and speaks extensively internationally on Philanthropy and Diaspora issues. In 2010 he wrote a report entitled 'A comparative review of International Diaspora Strategies'. In July 2012 he gave the keynote address at the Hillary Clinton Global Diaspora Forum in Washington and launched a comprehensive Global Diaspora Strategies Toolkit and Website which look at best practice around the world and make recommendations for countries who want to develop strategies in this area. In May 2013 he Chaired the Global Diaspora Forum in Dublin. Kingsley is Chairman of Linked Finance, Ireland's first peer to peer, crowd funding company for SMEs. Kingsley represented Trinity College, the Irish Universities, Vichy (France) and Leinster at rugby. He lives in Dublin and is married to Claire McDonough and they have 3 children. In 2008 he was awarded a CBE for his services to British-Irish relations.