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 Singapore: climate change, energy policies & regional perspective

S Iswaran / Minister for Trade and Industry of Singapore

Date: 4 July 2016 - 11:00

Location: IEA Headquarters, Paris, and via webcast

As Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry, S Iswaran focuses on economic restructuring, productivity growth, and creating a vibrant domestic economy and enterprise ecosystem. He also oversees Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research as well as the Energy Market Authority, International Enterprise Singapore, Singapore Tourism Board, Sentosa Development Corporation and SPRING Singapore.

He first joined the Singapore Administrative Service in 1987 and served in the Ministries of Home Affairs and Education, was seconded to the National Trade Union Congress, and served as the first Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore Indian Development Association. Mr. Iswaran was Director for International Trade at the Ministry of Trade and Industry in the lead-up to Singapore’s hosting of the WTO Ministerial Conference in 1996.

After a period in the private sector, including activities involving biotechnology, transport and logistics, he entered Parliament in 1997 in the first of his five General Election victories. Prior to his Cabinet appointment in 2006, he served on several Government Parliamentary Committees and was the Deputy Speaker of Parliament from September 2004 to June 2006.

Mr. Iswaran read Economics at the University of Adelaide and graduated with First Class Honours. He also holds a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University.

Read the full transcript of the Minister's speech here



African development and access to energy

Claudio Descalzi / Chief Executive Officer of Eni

Date: 15 April 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