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.



African development and access to energy

Claudio Descalzi / Chief Executive Officer of Eni

Date: 15 April 2016 - 11:00

Location: IEA Headquarters, Paris, and via webcast

Claudio Descalzi has been CEO of Eni since May 2014 after joining the Italian energy giant in 1981 as Oil & Gas field petroleum engineering and project manager, for the development of projects in the North Sea, Libya, Nigeria and Congo. After numerous posts including Executive Vice President for Africa, Middle East and China and Executive Vice President for Italy, Africa and Middle East, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Eni - Exploration & Production Division in 2008. From 2010 to 2014 he was Chairman of Eni UK. A Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford, Mr. Descalzi became a member of the Global Board of Advisors of the Council on Foreign Relations last December; he also serves on the General Board of Confindustria and is Director of the Fondazione Teatro alla Scala.



Insights from Singapore: climate change, energy policies & regional perspective

S Iswaran / Minister for Trade and Industry of Singapore

Date: 4 July 2016



The Indian economy: where from and where to

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

Date: 4 March 2016


Energy Union: 2016 as year of delivery

Maroš Šefčovič / European Commission Vice-President

Date: 15 February 2016


Towards decarbonising the global economy: the direction of travel after COP21

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