IEA names new Chief Economist

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has named Laszlo Varro as the agency’s new Chief Economist.

Varro succeeds the former IEA Chief Economist, Fatih Birol, who took over as IEA Executive Director on September 1, 2015.

In his new role, Varro will lead the Economics and Investment Office (EIO), a newly created group within the IEA that aims to provide sound and consistent energy economics and methodological support for the agency’s work.

EIO will also provide strategic support for the Executive Director’s agenda, EIA’s press release reads.

Working closely with all relevant IEA offices, EIO is expected to provide comprehensive coverage of investment in the energy sector, including the market and policy drivers of investment, investment impact of regulatory and market design measures as well as the energy security and climate change implications of the investment process.

EIO will also co-ordinate the agency’s industry relations, including the activities of the Energy Business Council, the IEA’s main engagement platform with the private sector.

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