The IEA has launched a new high-level distinguished speaker series, big IdEAs. Top thinkers, decision makers and global leaders will give talks that are idea-focused on a wide range of subjects that are timely and relevant but not always directly related to energy. The aim is to foster learning and inspiration – and provoke discussions that matter. Please join IEA member countries' ambassadors, IEA experts and viewers worldwide for these discussions, as they are live-streamed from the IEA website.



Insights from Qatar: Oil, Gas and Energy

H.E. Abudullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah / Chairman, The Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Foundation for Energy and Sustainable Development

Date: 21 October 2016 - 11:00

Location: Embassy of Australia, Paris, and via webcast

Born in Qatar in 1952, H.E. Al Attiyah has more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry and has served in a variety of senior leadership positions within the government of Qatar.

In 1992, H.E. Al Attiyah was appointed Minister of Energy & Industry and Chairman and Managing Director of Qatar Petroleum, before being entrusted with the additional responsibility of Second Deputy Prime Minister in 2003. Four years later, H.E. was elevated to Deputy Prime Minister, and in 2011 was appointed Chief of the Amiri Diwan. H.E. Al Attiyah has also served as Chairman of Qatar’s Planning Commission, and was elected as Chairman of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development in 2006; and the President of 18th Session of UNFCCC Climate Change Conference (COP18/CMP8) Doha-2012.

During his illustrious career, Al Attiyah has been bestowed a number of awards and honours including the Grand Cross in the Order of the Orange Nassau conferred by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Kingdom of Netherlands,  and the Grand Cordon Order of the Rising Sun awarded by His Imperial Majesty Emperor of Japan in recognition of his contribution in promoting bilateral relations between Qatar and Japan.

In December 20th 2011, HE Al Attiyah was also conferred the Necklace of Independence award by HH Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Emir of the state of Qatar, for his salutary contribution in towards Qatar’s commitment to transparency in business and governance and for his efforts towards the progress of the national economy.



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S Iswaran / Minister for Trade and Industry of Singapore

Date: 4 July 2016


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Arvind Panagariya / Vice-Chairman (rank of Cabinet Minister) of the National Institution for the Transformation of India (NITI) Aayog

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Date: 15 February 2016


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Sir David King / UK Special Representative for Climate Change

Date: 29 January 2016


Role of sustainable energy in ending poverty and advancing climate justice

Mary Robinson / President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice; UN SG's Special Envoy on Climate Change; former President of Ireland

Date: 3 November 2015