Ida Auken is a member of the Danish Parliament for The Social Liberal Party and is her party’s spokesperson for Business and for European Affairs. She was the former minister for the environment in Denmark (2011-2014). Auken entered politics in 2004 and was elected to the Danish Parliament in 2007 where she has held a number of positions, including spokeswoman for environmental affairs, member of the energy policy committee, and member of the environment and regional planning committee. During her political career, she has played a vital role in shaping Danish environmental policies. Auken has held a number of honorary positions, including at the non-partisan think tank Forum Europe and as a Member of the Albright Group Women's Network.
She was the first Danish politician chosen to be a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum and has also been elected to be one out of the 40 most promising young leaders under 40 in Europe. Ida Auken served several years as chairman for the parliament's environment and planning committee and held a specific focus on urban development.
Auken holds an MA in Theology from the University of Copenhagen. She has served on the executive committee of the interdisciplinary lecture society at the University of Copenhagen and as vice-chair of the board of studies in the Department of Theology.