IEA Governing Board re-elects Dr Fatih Birol as Executive Director


22 January 2018

180122 Birol Ministerial Dr Birol speaking at the IEA Ministerial Meeting; Paris, November 2017 (Photograph: Andrew Wheeler, IEA).

The Governing Board of the International Energy Agency has re-elected Dr Fatih Birol as Executive Director for a second term.

The unanimous decision to extend his tenure by another four years follows a process initiated by IEA Member Countries at their last Ministerial Meeting in November 2017.

Under his leadership, the IEA is implementing a new modernization strategy based on three pillars:  “opening the doors” of the Agency to emerging economies (which has seen the IEA Family’s share of global energy demand rise to over 70% today from about 40% in 2015); expanding energy security beyond oil to natural gas and electricity; and turning the IEA into the global clean energy hub, including for energy efficiency.

“While I am proud that our members have reaffirmed their confidence in me, I am aware that the decision would not have been reached without the strategic direction and guidance the board has given me and the hard work and dedication of IEA colleagues,” Dr Birol said.