Executive management

Who is the Executive Director of the IEA?

Fatih Birol took office as Executive Director on 1 September 2015.  

What is the role of the Executive Director?

The Executive Director is the head of the International Energy Agency. This role has broad political, analytical and operational responsibilities.

How long does the Executive Director serve?

Based on a decision by the Governing Board, the Executive Director may serve a maximum of two terms of four years each. The Governing Board also oversees the appointment of the Executive Director.

How many IEA Executive Directors have there been? Who are they?

Including the current Executive Director, Fatih Birol, there have been seven. Previous Executive Directors are: Ulf Lantzke of Germany (1975-1984); Helga Steeg of Germany (1984-1994); Robert Priddle of the United Kingdom (1994-2003); Claude Mandil of France (2003-2007); Nobuo Tanaka of Japan (2007-2011); and Maria van der Hoeven of the Netherlands (2011-2015).

What is the role of the Deputy Executive Director?

Aside from assuming the duties of the Executive Director in times of absence, the Deputy is another public spokesperson for the work and mission of the Agency and plays a prominent role in the day-to-day management of the IEA. Paul Simons took office as Deputy Executive Director on 8 July 2015.

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