Dr. Fatih Birol took office as IEA Executive Director on 1 September 2015, twenty years after first joining the Agency. Previously, Dr. Birol held the position of Chief Economist, with responsibility for   directing the flagship World Energy Outlook publication. He is also the founder and chair of the IEA Energy Business Council. Dr. Birol has been named by Forbes Magazine as one of the most influential people on the world’s energy scene. He chairs the World Economic Forum’s (Davos) Energy Advisory Board and serves on the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on ‘Sustainable Energy for All’. Dr. Birol is the recipient of numerous awards from government, industry and academia. Prior to joining the IEA, Dr. Birol worked at the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Vienna. Dr. Birol was born in Ankara in 1958. He earned a BSc degree in power engineering from the Technical University of Istanbul, and 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 from Imperial College London.