• Date
    24th February at 12:30pm
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    GlobalWelsh & Cardiff Capital Region
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Smart Networking: How building your network can secure your future

"It's not what you know, it's not who you know - it's who knows you!", Kingsley Aikins CBE, CEO of the Networking Institute.

If the pandemic has given us anything it has given us the opportunity to remember what is important, and mostly, that has been the people and relationships we have in our lives. Being at home forced us to find other ways to engage with friends, family, colleagues and customers and new ways to do business.

We went into 2021 with a greater value placed on people - those we know both personally and professionally. It has been proven, that whilst mostly we prefer to be face-to-face, in times when we can’t. we have the tools at our fingertips to still build and maintain strong connections.

Geography and technology are no longer barriers to building a strong network, locally and globally, that has the power to transform your career and business, both now and in the future and the art of networking is an essential skill we must all master.

So whatever your current situation, whatever stage you are at in your career, or business journey, join us for an hour of insight, tips and myth-busting, with Kingsley Aikins, one of the world’s leading experts on networking and diaspora engagement, and find out how you can get ahead by building your network near and far.

This is a free event.


  • Welcome
  • The value of networking and top tips - Kingsley Aikins OBE
  • Panel discussion - Networking myths, debunked
  • Audience Q&A
  • Close

This event is in partnership with the Cardiff Capital Region Graduate Scheme.

About Kingsley Aikins CBE

Kingsley Aikins is a recognised expert on networking and has written and spoken extensively on the topic. He has run workshops and presentations for some of the world’s leading companies such as Google, Linkedin, Accenture, Deloitte, Intel, KPMG, PwC, and a number of leading law firms in Ireland and elsewhere. He has worked with governments and international agencies such as the US State Department, the UN, EU and the World Bank.

Kingsley is an economics graduate of Trinity College Dublin and has lived and worked in 6 countries, in all of which he found networking and building networks essential for making progress.

He worked for 10 years for the Irish Trade Board and IDA Ireland and was based in Sydney. He then led the Ireland Funds for 17 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 issues. A former Leinster rugby player, he is now based in Dublin with his wife and three children.