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 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 on 8 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 United States 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.
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 on 1 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 incident 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, IT, communications, security, transport and logistics, and the bilateral Ambassador’s Residence. From 2007 to 2010, Ms. Bouteille was Head of Mission at the British Consulate in Lyon, France. Her career also includes wide-ranging management experience in international markets for British, French, Swiss and American companies in computer software and chemicals while working in the United States, France and Great Britain. A British national, she holds an MBA from Euromed, École Supérieure de Commerce in Marseille.
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 on-line 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 on 4 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 on both the IEA and Eurostat energy statistics groups as well as extensive interaction with the Joint Organisations Data Initiative and its constituent groups. Before DECC, Mr. Millard’s managerial experience included reform and modernisation of statistics in the States of Jersey and, as Director of Energy Statistics and Energy Efficiency at the UK Department of Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, work on development of the understanding of options to decarbonise heat use that ultimately led to new government policies. He also served as Head of Energy Security and Electricity Policy at the UK Department of Trade and Industry.