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Ambassador Hiroshi Oe of Japan welcomed as IEA Governing Board Chair

21 February 2019
Ambassador Hiroshi Oe Of Japan Welcomed As Iea Governing Board Chair

IEA Executive Director Dr Fatih Birol (left) with Chair of the IEA Governing Board, Ambassador Hiroshi Oe (Photograph: IEA)

Ambassador Hiroshi Oe was welcomed today as the new Chair of the IEA Governing Board. Mr Oe is a career diplomat who has held a number of high-ranking positions including serving as Japan’s Chief Negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Ambassador Oe is the third Japanese national to serve as IEA Governing Board Chair in the Agency’s 45-year history. He takes over the role from Mr Noe van Hulst, Hydrogen Envoy for the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, the Netherlands.

“It's a delight to welcome Ambassador Hiroshi Oe,” said Dr Fatih Birol, the IEA’s Executive Director, “The entire IEA Family appreciates him taking on this responsibility during such a critical period for global energy markets.”

As Governing Board Chair, Ambassador Oe will play a critical role in the IEA’s first comprehensive modernisation programme since its creation in 1974. This effort which is now underway focuses on three pillars: opening the doors of the IEA to include major emerging countries; broadening the IEA’s security mandate to natural gas and electricity as well as oil; and making the IEA the global hub for clean energy technologies and energy efficiency.