Episode 28 / Dr. Fatih Birol

Setting the World's Energy Agenda

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About our Guest /

Dr Fatih Birol is the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency. He was first appointed in 2015 and re-elected in 2018 for the second term.

During his time in office, he modernised the Agency, focusing his efforts on involving major emerging economies in the Agency’s works, broadening IEA’s security mandate and making the IEA the hub for clean energy technologies and energy efficiency. Before becoming the Executive Director, Fatih Birol worked his way through the ranks for 20 years: from junior analyst to the Chief Economist. He was responsible for the Agency’s flagship publication, the World Energy Outlook.

After earning his BSc in power engineering at the Technical University of Istanbul, he went to the Technical University of Vienna where he completed his MSc and PhD in energy economics.

He has been recognised globally for his outstanding work: from the Japanese Emperor's Order of the Rising Sun to the highest Presidential awards from Austria, Italy and Germany. And, what probably made him equally happy, a honorary life member of Galatasaray Football Club.

Premieres / January 27, 2021  



Guest Links /


  • Sustainable Recovery Plan (June 2020): Click Here

  • 5 reasons we should be optimistic about the world’s clean energy future (September 2020): Click Here

  • We must act now to stop the Covid crisis from undermining Africa’s energy future (November 2020): Click Here

  • Renewable power is defying the Covid crisis. Here’s how its growth can accelerate even more (November 2020): Click Here

  • How Southeast Asia’s dynamic economies can power ahead with their clean energy transitions (October 2020): Click Here

  • The Covid crisis underscores the critical choices we face for our energy future (October 2020): Click Here

  • 3 Questions: Fatih Birol on post-Covid trajectories in energy and climate (October 2020): Click Here

  • IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol on What is Starting to Bring Oil Markets Back to Balance (May 2020): Click Here

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