Since 2015, Paul 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.
Mr. Simons 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.
Mr Simons 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.
Mr. Simons 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. He holds a BA from Yale University and an MBA in Finance from New York University.