Chief Economist, International Energy Agency
Dr Fatih Birol is the Chief Economist of the International Energy Agency, with overall responsibility for the organisation’s economic analysis of energy and climate change policy. He oversees the annual World Energy Outlook which is the flagship publication of the IEA and is recognised as the most authoritative source for energy analysis and projections. He is also the founder and chair of the IEA Energy Business Council which brings together leaders of some of the world’s largest energy companies and policymakers to seek solutions to global energy challenges. Dr Birol has been named by Forbes Magazine among the most powerful people in terms of influence on the world’s energy scene. He is a member of the UN Secretary-General’s ‘High-level Group on Sustainable Energy for All’ and the Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s (Davos) Energy Advisory Board. He is a frequent contributor to media and delivers numerous speeches each year at major international summits and conferences. Throughout his career, Dr Birol has been decorated with numerous awards in recognition of his contribution to the energy debate. Prior to joining the IEA in 1995, Dr Birol worked for six years in the Secretariat of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Vienna.