Declan Kelly is the co-founder and CEO of Teneo, a consulting firm that advises business leaders around the world. Kelly oversees the company’s core business segments, which include strategic communications, risk advisory, financial advisory, and management consulting.
Prior to Teneo, Kelly served as the U.S. Economic Envoy to Northern Ireland for the U.S. Department of State from 2009 to 2011. In this role, Kelly helped create hundreds of new jobs in the region by working closely with major U.S. corporations and establishing the US-Northern Ireland Investment Conference to enhance their economic relations.
Before his work in government service, Kelly was the Executive Vice President of FTI Consulting. Headquartered in Washington D.C., FTI is one of the largest financial consulting firms in the world. Here, Kelly oversaw the operational integration of over 20 international businesses and thousands of employees.
Declan spent his early years working in journalism, winning awards for his work. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and has an honorary doctorate from Queen’s University Belfast for his service to the community.
Outside of his work at Teneo, Declan Kelly is a passionate philanthropist. In 2008 he became the youngest-ever recipient of the American Irish Historical Society’s prestigious Gold Medal, given annually to one person deemed to have made a unique contribution to Irish American society. He also serves on the board of Global Citizen, a leading international advocacy organization dedicated to ending extreme poverty by 2030. Through his involvement with Global Citizen, Declan served as an Executive Producer of One World: Together at Home, a historic broadcasting event held on April 18th, 2020. To date, it has raised $127 million in commitments to date in support of health care workers in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.