Dr. Fatih Birol took office as Executive Director on 1 September 2015, twenty years after first joining the International Energy Agency (IEA) as a junior analyst. Well known internationally for his work in the energy field, his election as Executive Director marks one of the rare occasions that the head of an international organisation has been selected internally. Prior to assuming his current duties, he held the positions of Chief Economist and Director of Global Energy Economics, with responsibilities that included directing the flagship World Energy Outlook publication.
During his career, Dr. Fatih Birol has made a significant contribution to the international policy debate on energy and climate change. He has become a sought after speaker at major international gatherings and has been regularly called upon for private meetings with world leaders.
Dr. Birol has been named by Forbes Magazine among the most powerful people in terms of influence on the world’s energy scene. He is the Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s (Davos) Energy Advisory Board and serves as a member of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on ‘Sustainable Energy for All’. He is the recipient of numerous awards from government and industry for his contribution to energy and climate economics. In 2013, he received the Japanese Emperor’s Order of the Rising Sun, the country’s highest honour.