Fatih Birol became the Executive Director of the IEA on 1 September 2015. 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 also the recipient of numerous awards from government, industry and academia. He previously was the IEA Chief Economist and Director of Global Energy Economics, with responsibilities that included directing the Agency’s flagship World Energy Outlook publication, which is recognised as the most authoritative source of strategic analysis of global energy markets. He is also the founder and chair of the IEA Energy Business Council, which provides a forum to enhance co-operation between the energy industry and energy policy makers. Follow Dr. Birol on Twitter at @IEABirol.
Deputy Executive Director
Paul Simons became Deputy Executive Director in July 2015, helping provide leadership and strategic direction to the Agency, including advancing its global engagement strategy by strengthening co-operation with non-member countries. He also holds overall responsibility for co-ordinating internal operations, such as the budget and Programme of Work. Prior to joining the IEA, Mr. Simons was a senior US diplomat with a background in energy and economic policy. He was Executive Secretary of the Inter American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) and served as US Ambassador to Chile and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy and Sanctions.
Kamel BEN NACEUR
Director, Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks
Kamel Ben Naceur joined the IEA on 7 September 2015 and is Director for Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks. He arrived from Schlumberger, where his positions included Senior Advisor and Vice President for technology, Chief Economist, and President of the technology operation in Rio de Janeiro. A national of both France and Tunisia, in 2014 he became Tunisia's Minister for Industry, Energy and Mines in a government tasked to lead the country's first fully democratic elections. During his tenure, he implemented new policies for energy subsidies rationalisation, as well as having a law passed on renewable energy development. He is the co-author of 13 books and more than 120 articles.
Director, Energy Markets and Security
Keisuke Sadamori took up his duties as Director of the Office for Energy Markets and Security at the International Energy Agency in October 2012. Previously, he held the post of Deputy Director General for Policy Co-ordination at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in Japan. He had been involved with the IEA for a number of years as IEA Governing Board Representative for Japan and as Co-Chair of the Standing Group on Long Term Co-operation. Over the years, Mr. Sadamori has served in the Cabinet of the Prime Minister of Japan and has co-ordinated numerous important projects, including work following the Fukushima-Daiichi accident in March 2011.
Chief Management Officer
Claire Bouteille joined the IEA as Chief Management Officer in May 2013. As head of the Office of Management and Administration (OMA), she has overall responsibility for the Finance Unit, the Information Systems Unit, the Building and Operations Unit, and Human Resource issues. She was formerly the Head of Corporate Services at the British Embassy Paris, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, with direct responsibility for the leadership and management of that section, and responsibility for human resources, finance and budget management, information technology, communications, security, transport and logistics, and the bilateral Ambassador’s Residence.
Head, Communication and Information Office
Rebecca Gaghen has served as head of the IEA Communication and Information Office (CIO) since 2006. She oversees the Agency’s primary communications activities: publications and printing; news and public affairs; and online and social media. The objective of CIO is to convey the key messages of IEA work to governments and other stakeholders around the world. Ms. Gaghen also advises the Executive Director on communication strategy and priorities.
Chief Legal Counsel
Pascal Laffont took up his duties as Chief Legal Counsel in June 2012. Mr. Laffont, who is a French national, brings to the IEA more than 15 years of legal practice in government, at the multilateral level and in the private sector. His previous post was in Doha for the Government of Qatar (2010-2012). Before that, he served in the Energy Charter, Brussels (2001-2010). He started his professional life in legal private practice in London and Hong Kong (1996-2001). He qualified as a lawyer in France and England and is admitted to practise law in England and Hong Kong.
Head, Energy Data Centre
Duncan Millard became Chief Statistician and the Head of the IEA Energy Data Centre effective 1 March 2015 after 10 years as Chief Statistician for the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), where he was a co-creator of the DECC School and he and his staff received three Royal Statistical Service awards for Excellence in Official Statistics. His experience with international statistical work prior to the Agency included membership in both the IEA and Eurostat energy statistics groups as well as extensive interaction with the Joint Organisations Data Initiative and its constituent groups.
Laszlo Varro, who has worked at the IEA since 2011, became the Agency's Chief Economist at the start of 2016, succeeding Fatih Birol, who took over as IEA Executive Director on 1 September 2015. As Chief Economist, Mr. Varro leads the Economics and Investment Office (EIO), a newly created group within the IEA that aims to offer sound and consistent energy economics and methodological support for the Agency's work. EIO also provides strategic support for the Executive Director's agenda.