Dr Fatih Birol
Dr Fatih Birol is chief economist of the Paris-based IEA. He is organiser and director of the World Energy Outlook series, the IEA's flagship publication. Birol worked for six years in the secretariat of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries in Vienna, before joining the IEA in 1995. He received the Chevalier dans l'ordre des Palmes Academiques from the French Government and the Golden Honour medal from the Austrian Republic in recognition of his work on global energy issues. The World Energy Outlook 2008 was released on 12 November 2008.