Fatih Birol took over as Executive Director of the IEA on 1 September 2015.
Deputy Executive Director
Paul Simons became Deputy Executive Director on 8 July 2015, helping provide leadership and strategic direction to the IEA. Prior to joining the Agency, Mr. Simons was a senior United States diplomat with a background in energy and economic policy.
The IEA has three Directors who report to the Executive Director. They manage teams of analysts and experts who focus on: i) energy markets and security; ii) sustainable energy policies and technologies, iii) enhancing a global dialogue on energy, and iv) longer-term economic and energy policy scenarios and outlooks.
Recent speeches and articles
The IEA Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director deliver speeches on a broad range of energy related subjects throughout the world.
FAQs on Executive Management
How long does the Executive Director serve? How many IEA Executive Directors have there been? This section includes answers to questions relating to the IEA's Executive Office.
- IEA Executive Director receives Carnot Prize from the University of Pennsylvania
17 November 2016
- Rapid ratification of Paris Agreement is a historic step forward, IEA says
6 October 2016
- Understanding energy demand is key to an affordable clean energy future
26 September 2016
- ASEAN Ministers welcomed IEA’s open door policy and requested further co-operation with IEA
22 September 2016