Maria van der Hoeven took over as Executive Director of the IEA on 1 September 2011. Previously, Ms. van der Hoeven served as Minister of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands from February 2007 to October 2010.
The Executive Director is the head of the International Energy Agency. This role has broad political, analytical and operational responsibilities.
Richard H. Jones took up his duties as Deputy Executive Director of the International Energy Agency on 1 October 2008. Ambassador Jones, a former American diplomat, brings to the IEA over thirty years of diplomatic and policy experience on issues ranging from Middle East politics to trade negotiations and energy security.
The IEA has three Directors who report to the Executive Director. They manage teams of analysts and experts who focus on: i) energy markets and security; ii) sustainable energy policies and technologies, iii) enhancing a global dialogue on energy, and iv) longer-term economic and energy policy scenarios and outlooks.
The IEA Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director deliver speeches on a broad range of energy related subjects throughout the world.
How long does the Executive Director serve? How many IEA Executive Directors have there been? This section includes answers to questions relating to the IEA's Executive Office.