During his career, Dr. Fatih Birol has made a significant contribution to the international policy
debate on energy and climate change. He has become a sought after speaker at major international gatherings and has been regularly called upon for private meetings with world leaders.
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 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’. He is the recipient of numerous awards from government and industry for his contribution to energy and climate economics. In 2013, he received the Japanese Emperor’s Order of the Rising Sun, the country’s highest honour. He has also been decorated by the governments of Austria (Golden Honour Medal), France (Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques), Germany (Federal Cross of Merit), Italy (Order of Merit of the Republic), the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden (Order of the Polar Star), Turkey, the United States and the Russian Academy of Sciences. He is a past winner of the International Association of Energy Economics’ award for outstanding contribution to the profession.
Prior to joining the IEA in 1995, Dr. Birol worked for a number of years as an oil market analyst
at the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Vienna. A Turkish citizen,
Dr. Birol was born in Ankara in 1958. He earned a BSc degree in power engineering from the
Technical University of Istanbul. He received his MSc and PhD in energy economics from the
Technical University of Vienna. In 2013, Dr. Birol was awarded a Doctorate of Science honoris
causa by Imperial College London. He was made an honorary life member of Galatasaray Football Club in 2013.