Fatih Birol took office as Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) in September 2015, 20 years after first joining the organization. Previously, Dr. Birol held the positions of Chief Economist and Director of Global Energy Economics, with responsibilities that included directing the flagship World Energy Outlook publication. He is also the founder and chair of the IEA Energy Business Council. He is the Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s (Davos) Energy Advisory Board and serves as a member of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on “Sustainable Energy for All.”

Prior to joining the IEA, Dr. Birol worked at OPEC in Vienna, where his responsibilities related to analysis of oil markets. Dr. Birol has been named by Forbes Magazine among the most powerful people in terms of influence on the world’s energy scene. In 2013, Dr. Birol was awarded a Doctorate of Science honoris causa by Imperial College London. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Technical University of Istanbul and a Master of Science degree and a PhD from the Technical University of Vienna.