IEA Chief Economist receives Al Attiyah International Energy Award

6 May 2015

IEA Chief Economist Fatih Birol (right) with former Energy Minister Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah and the award named after the Qatari.

IEA Chief Economist Fatih Birol was awarded the Qatar-Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah International Energy Award for his lifetime commitment to producer-consumer dialogue during a ceremony hosted by the award’s namesake, the former minister of energy and industry of Qatar.

Dr. Birol was honoured for his work to foster a better understanding and a closer alignment of interests between energy-consuming and producing countries, both at the IEA, where he is in charge of the World Energy Outlook, and at OPEC before he joined the IEA in 1995.

Besides former Minister Al Attiyah, the ceremony Tuesday at the Qatar Islamic Art Museum was attended by the current Minister of Energy and Industry of Qatar, Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada, as well as the Minister of Oil and Gas of Oman, Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Ramahi, and Saad Al-Kaabi, chief executive officer of Qatar Petroleum, plus several ambassadors and other high-level representatives of government and the oil and gas industry in the Middle East.

The IEA Governing Board in February selected Dr. Birol as the Agency’s next Executive Director, effective 1 September 2015.