This year sees the return of the FIS Annual Conference for its third year and it has fast become a must attend event for leaders from Irish Sport, government and business. In 2015 the event will again be hosted in the Storehouse and the keynote address will be delivered by Minister Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport. FIS Members can book their tickets by clicking here

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The event will give an opportunity for NGBs and LSPs to share ideas and learn from member workshops, network, meet industry exhibitors and engage in lively debate….not to mention the opportunity to win some great prizes in the business card draw…The evening will end with a drinks reception, entertainment and dinner in Arthur’s on the 5th Floor. We look forward to seeing you there….


Conference Schedule

1.30pm-               Registration, Tea, Coffee and Sandwiches

2.00pm-               Conference Opening

2.05pm-               Minister Donohoe keynote speech

Minister Donohue







2.20pm-               Workshop 1- The Future of Irish Sport, member discussion and feedback facilitated by MC,   Caroline Murphy

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3.50pm-               Tea & Coffee break

4.20pm-               Workshop 2– Fundraising and Networking, hosted by Kingsley Aikins

Workforce Activation Survey







5.50pm-               Conference Closing

6pm-                   Drinks in Arthurs Bar

6.30pm-               Dinner

8.30pm til late-  Networking and drinks

FIS Members can book their tickets by clicking here


Kingsley Aikins

Kingsley Aikins is the founder of Diaspora Matters and has a lifetime of involvement in the sector. Born in Dublin he is an economics and politics graduate of Trinity College and also has a postgraduate diploma in International Marketing.

For five years he was the Sydney Australia based representative of the Irish Trade Board and the industrial Development Authority (IDA) of Ireland. He founded the Lansdowne Club in Sydney which has become one of the largest Irish business networks in the world. He was a founding director of the Australian Ireland Fund and served as Executive Director responsible for the growth of the fund in Australia and New Zealand. In January 1993 he moved to Boston to take over as Executive Director of the American Ireland Fund and in 1995 he was appointed Chief Executive of the Worldwide Ireland Funds active in 39 cities in 13 countries.

He was responsible for the five year Hope and History Campaign to raise $100 million for projects in Ireland. After 21 years he left the Ireland Funds and now runs Diaspora Matters in Dublin which is a consultancy company which gives advice on Diaspora issues to governments, corporates and individuals. He writes and speaks extensively on Philanthropy, Diaspora and Networking and in 2011 produced a Global Diaspora Strategies Toolkit. In 2012 he was the keynote speaker at the Hillary Clinton Global Diaspora Forum in Washington and in 2013 was the Conference Chairman of the Global Diaspora Forum which was held in Dublin.

In 2008 Kingsley was awarded a CBE for his work on British-Irish relations.


NOTE: The conference is a Federation of Irish Sport members event and tickets are not open to general sale. Commercial organisations can attend the conference through a number of partnership options which can be discussed by contacting: Conn McCluskey, Business Services Manager, 01-6251155