Member of Parliament in Denmark, Young Global Leader in World Economic Forum and former Minister of Environment.
Ida Auken (born 22 April 1978 in Frederiksberg), MA(theol), has served as a member of the Danish Parliament since 2007. She served as Minister of the Environment from 2011 to 2014. As a minister she started the development of treating waste as a resource. Today she is spokesperson of environment for the Danish Social Liberal Party and she is the founder of the Danish Network for Circular Economy.
Ida Auken was the first Danish politician to be named a ”Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum. Within this forum Ida Auken is concerned with how growth can act as a catalyst for sustainable development, so that future generations have not just something to live off, but also a place to live. The 200 future leaders have been chosen because of their professional achievements, commitment to society and ability to create and implement innovative ideas.
Furthermore, Ida Auken has been named as one of Europe’s most promising leaders under 40 ”40 under 40 European Young Leaders”. The purpose of the award was to promote the European identity by engaging 40 of Europe’s brightest minds, who will be a part of shaping the future of Europe.