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March 22, 1958 |
|Alma mater||Istanbul Technical University
Vienna University of Technology
|Occupation||Chief Economist, International Energy Agency|
Dr. Fatih Birol is the Chief Economist and Director of Global Energy Economics at the International Energy Agency in Paris. He is responsible for the IEA’s flagship World Energy Outlook publication, which is recognised as the most authoritative source for strategic analysis of global energy markets. He is also the founder and chair of the IEA Energy Business Council which provides a forum to enhance cooperation between the energy industry and energy policymakers.
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 (Davos) Energy Advisory Board and a member of the UN Secretary-General's 'High-level Group on Sustainable Energy for All.'
IEA's World Energy Outlook
Birol designs and directs the IEA's annual World Energy Outlook. On 15 December 2008, leading environmentalist, George Monbiot, described Birol as one of the most powerful men on earth whose words are considered as the "petroleum gospel" by world governments. Monbiot interviewed Birol on the day the 2008 annual report was published and challenged the research conclusions regarding major changes in the global petroleum sector outlook.
Awards and honorary positions
Dr. Birol is the recipient of numerous awards from government and industry for his contribution to energy and climate economics.
Most recently, in 2013, he received the Japanese Emperor’s Order of the Rising Sun, the country’s highest honour.
In 2013, Dr. Birol was presented with two special awards from the Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs in appreciation of the work he and his team carried out for the Iraq Energy Outlook. The same year, he received the annual Eurelectric award for the analysis and impact of the IEA flagship publication World Energy Outlook.
In 2012, he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, the country’s highest honor. In 2009, alongside awards from the Dutch and Polish governments, Dr. Birol received the German Federal Cross of Merit, the country's most prestigious decoration (Verdienstkreuz 1. Klasse des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland).
These followed awards from the governments of Turkey in 2005 and the United States in 2004 and the Russian Academy of Sciences in 2002. He is a past winner of the International Association for Energy Economics' annual award for Outstanding Contribution to the Profession.
EURELECTRIC Award 2013
Paul Bulteel, EURELECTRIC Electricity Ambassador announced at the EURELECTRIC Annual Convention in Bologna on 4 June 2013, that the EURELECTRIC Award went to Dr. Fatih Birol for "his outstanding contribution to improving understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing the power sector." Buleel added that Birol in his 'unique position" raised awareness of power sector among policymakers, the financial community and other stakeholders. "Under Dr Fatih Birol's direction, the IEA's World Energy Outlook has become the most authoritative source of forward-looking energy market analysis. It has drawn attention to the huge challenges that will need to be overcome to maintain electricity supply in the decades ahead. Its finding that 2.6 trillion USD needs to be invested in the EU's power sector through to 2035 has become an iconic figure for the industry. Fatih Birol has made a unique contribution to raising awareness among policymakers, the financial community and other stakeholders of the issues the power sector has to deal with".
Forbes:Number 4 of 7 most influential people in world's energy sector 2009
In an article published in Forbes magazine in 2011, T. Boone Pickens, American financier and Chairman and CEO of BP Capital, selected Birol as number four of seven most influential people in the world's energy sector. According to oil tycoon turned wind advocate Pickens, "When he says things like, 'the world would need to find the equivalent of four times the crude oil reserves now held by Saudi Arabia to maintain current production plus six Saudi Arabias if it is to keep up with the expected increase in demand between now and 2030,' the world sits up and takes notice."
A Turkish citizen, Dr. Birol was born in Ankara in 1958. He earned a BSc degree in power engineering from the Istanbul Technical University. 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.
- Pickens, T. Boone (9 November 2009). "No. 4: Dr. Fatih Birol". Forbes. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
- Monbiot, George (15 December 2008). "George Monbiot meets ... Fatih Birol". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
- "EURELECTRIC Award 2013 honours IEA Chief Economist, Dr Fatih Birol". EURELECTRIC Electricity for Europe. 4 June 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
- Fatih Birol's biography
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- IEA Energy Business Council