Fatih BIROLExecutive 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 SIMONSDeputy 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.
Keisuke SADAMORIDirector, 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.
Mechthild WÖRSDÖRFERDirector, Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks
Mechthild Wörsdörfer joined the IEA on 1 October 2018 as Director of Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks (STO). As Director of STO, Ms Wörsdörfer plans and co-ordinates the IEA’s work on energy sustainability, encompassing energy technology policy and energy-related climate change policy, including carbon capture, utilisation and storage. She oversees several of the IEA’s major analytical reports including long-term scenarios and technology roadmaps. Ms Wörsdörfer previously served as a Director in the European Commission's Directorate General for Energy, in charge of renewables, research and innovation, and energy efficiency.
Claire BOUTEILLEChief 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.
Laura COZZIChief Energy Modeller
Laura Cozzi was appointed the Agency’s Chief Energy Modeller in 2018. As Chief Energy Modeller Ms. Cozzi oversees the Agency’s work on outlooks and forecasts and is in charge of overall consistency of modelling work and resulting messages. Ms. Cozzi is also Head of the Demand Outlook Division with responsibility of producing the annual World Energy Outlook, the IEA flagship publication. The Division produces medium to long term energy demand, efficiency, power generation, renewables and environmental analysis for the World Energy Outlook and other publications.
Rebecca GAGHENHead, 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 efforts to increase the global visibility of IEA data and analysis and to communicate key analytical findings and policy messages to support the objectives of Member and Partner governments and other stakeholders. Prior to the IEA, Ms Gaghen was Deputy Chief of Staff at the US Department of Energy. She had previous served as a Foreign Service Officer in the US Department of State, with assignments to the US Delegation to the United Nations (NY), Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. She began her career as a management consultant.
Pascal LAFFONTChief 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 MILLARDHead, 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.
David TURKHead of the Strategic Initiatives Office
Dave Turk joined the IEA in September 2016 and is currently the Head of the Strategic Initiatives Office. 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 VARROChief 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 supports all Directors and teams at the IEA in ensuring consistent energy economics and analytical rigour for the Agency’s work. Prior to assuming the position of Chief Economist, Mr Varro served as IEA Head of Gas, Coal and Power Markets.