Fatih BIROL Executive Director
Dr Fatih Birol has served as Executive Director of the IEA since September 2015. Under his leadership, the IEA has undertaken its first comprehensive modernisation programme since the creation of the Agency in 1974. Prior to his nomination as Executive Director, Dr Birol spent 20 years as a staff member at the Agency, serving most recently as Chief Economist. He has been named by Forbes Magazine as one of the most influential people on the world’s energy scene and was recognised by the Financial Times as energy personality of the year in 2017. He is the founder and chair of the IEA Energy Business Council, one of the most active industry advisory groups in global energy. He also chairs the World Economic Forum’s (Davos) Energy Advisory Board and serves on the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on ‘Sustainable Energy for All’.
Paul SIMONS 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.
Claire BOUTEILLE 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.
Rebecca GAGHEN 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.
Pascal LAFFONT 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.
Duncan MILLARD Head, Energy Data Centre
Duncan Millard became Chief Statistician and the Head of the IEA Energy Data Centre on 1st March 2015 and in January 2016 also took on the role of Head of Training and Capacity building. Prior to joining the IEA he was Chief Statistician for the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), Chief Statistician of Jersey and held a number of policy and economic roles on energy in the UK civil service. He has been an active participant in international work on statistics for many years with the IEA, Eurostat, JODI and by leading cross department international statistics work in the UK, where he was also heavily involved in capacity building including being a co-creator of the DECC School. Under his leadership DECC received three Royal Statistical Service awards for Excellence in Official Statistics.
Keisuke SADAMORI 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.
David TURK Acting Director, Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks
Dave Turk joined the IEA in September 2016 and is currently the Acting Director for the Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks Directorate as well as Head of the Energy Environment Division. He formerly served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Climate and Technology at the U.S. Department of Energy, where he coordinated the Department's international clean energy efforts. He also previously served as Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change at the U.S. Department of State, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Congressional Affairs at the U.S. National Security Council, and in various capacities in the U.S. Congress.
Laszlo VARRO Chief Economist
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.