Elizabeth McKeon is Climate Action Portfolio Lead at IKEA Foundation. IKEA Foundation is an independent charitable foundation that oversees IKEA’s global philanthropy. The Foundation resides in the Netherlands and is funded by the INGKA Foundation. The Foundation funds dozens of programmes run by large and small organisations to make life better for children living in extreme poverty. IKEA Foundation partnered with WDCD in the Refugee Challenge, the Climate Action Challenge and the Clean Energy Challenge.

‘I think designers are the ones that can help us think through the challenges of climate change’

Elizabeth McKeon holds a Bachelor Degree in Russian language from Georgetown University in Washington and a Master’s Degree Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Before she started working for IKEA Foundation in 2014, Elizabeth McKeon was a director at the Ford Foundation that supports visionary leaders and organizations on the frontlines of social change worldwide. Prior to that she worked at the MacArthur Foundation, an NGO supporting creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world. Earlier McKeon also worked for The United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

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