Influential and interesting in 2018 -- Fatih Birol

Executive director, International Energy Agency (IEA)

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Prominent chief of international energy analysis and advisory body

Birol has served more than 20 years at the IEA, moving from the position of chief economist to executive director in September 2015.

He is responsible for the IEA’s flagship World Energy Outlook publication, recognised as the most authoritative source for strategic analysis of global energy markets.

His work in this area has led to him being named by Forbes magazine as among the most powerful people on the world energy scene, while the UK newspaper Financial Times recognised him as energy personality of the year in 2017.

Birol made clear where the IEA’s priorities lie during his address at the opening conference session at WindEnergy Hamburg in September.

"The next chapter in renewables development is to increase their penetration in the transport, construction and heating industries," he said.

"Decarbonisation efforts are disproportionately focused on the power sector, which accounts for just 20% of energy use, and not enough on heating and transport."