Guest Speaker:
Mr Paul Simons (Deputy Executive Director, International Energy Agency)

Topic:
"Energy Transitions: Perspectives from the International Energy Agency"

View Mr Simons' video presentation here (preceded by introduction by Professor Andrew Garnett, Director of the UQ Centre for Coal Seam Gas)

Biography:
Since 2015, Mr Simons has served as IEA Deputy Executive Director. In that capacity, he supports the Executive Director in providing leadership and strategic direction to the Agency. He is responsible for leading the Agency’s global engagement strategy, including the Association initiative which has brought major emerging economies including China, India, Indonesia and Brazil into the IEA family. He also holds overall responsibility for co-ordinating internal operations of the Agency, including the budget and Programme of Work, and oversight of the IEA Energy Data Centre. Paul brings extensive experience in energy and economic policymaking to the IEA. As U.S. Ambassador to Chile, he strengthened energy sector cooperation, reactivating the Chile/California partnership and launching a series of renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives. Previously, as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy and Sanctions, he led U.S. energy diplomacy initiatives worldwide for four years, serving during this period as delegate to the IEA Governing Board and chair of the IEA Standing Group on Long-Term Co-operation. He has held a number of other senior management positions at the U.S. Department of State, extending from Middle East policy, including Arab/Israeli negotiations, to multilateral diplomacy, to narcotics and law enforcement policy. Earlier in his career, he worked in international corporate lending at a New York-based commercial bank. Paul holds a BA from Yale University and an MBA in Finance from New York University.


 

About UQ Energy Exchange Industry Engagement Series

Commencing in 2011, the Energy Exchange Series was designed to facilitate constructive, informed and robust debate on energy policy. 

Series objectives:
- To contribute to energy and climate policy debate by facilitating a greater understanding of energy issues at a local and international level.
- To facilitate constructive, informed and broad industry discussion of global energy issues.

The Energy Exchange Series is not a vehicle for advancing policy advocacy on specific immediate policy issues that are in play. Its purpose is to contribute towards the development of a more informed energy discourse that will ultimately lead to better energy policy. The speakers are chosen on the basis of their recognised expertise and leadership related to energy. The organisers have no influence on the content of their presentations other than determining the range of issues we would like them to speak about.

Audience:
The target audience consists of leaders from industry, government officials, consultants, NGOs, academia, legal firms etc with an interest in energy and climate policy. Attendance is open to all, however priority is given to those on the stakeholder/guest list. Each event can cater for up to 200 attendees, and registration is essential.

Contact Details:
uqenergy@uq.edu.au