Ida Kenny

Ida Kenny

Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships


About me

Ida serves as Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships at the European Climate Foundation (ECF). She is a member of the ECF senior management team and oversees relationships with funders, the board and key stakeholders. Ida has broad experience in building collaborative co-funding partnerships with individual private donors, family and larger foundations, complex international organisations, bi-lateral agencies and governments.

Ida previously ran the secretariat of the Task Force on philanthropic innovation at the ECF, a timebound initiative created when President Emmanuel Macron asked Laurence Tubiana to lead a group of governments’ and major philanthropies’ efforts to help accelerate implementation of the Paris agreement.

Ida served as Director of Philanthropic Partnerships at Open Society Foundations for five years working closely with the Chairman, George Soros, and with OSF’s President. She managed relationships with key stakeholders and co-funding partners and helped a wide arrange of initiatives, grantees and new enterprises to develop sustainable funding, strategy and governance plans.

Before joining Open Society Foundations, Ida was Director of Development and Corporate Relations at INSEAD, the graduate business school in Fontainebleau, France, where she led the school’s fundraising activities and steered relationships with the school’s key individual stakeholders in the UK and with corporations worldwide. She was a member of the fundraising team that successfully completed a €200 million capital campaign in 2009. Before INSEAD, Ida held fundraising and business development positions in Dublin, Ireland, with Community Counselling services (CCS Fundraising), the National College of Ireland, and Siemens Ltd.

Ida speaks English and French and is an alumna of INSEAD’s general management programmes. She earned an ACCA accredited diploma in financial management to top up her Master’s degree from Dublin City University and Bachelor’s degree from University College Dublin.

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