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Event host

UQ Energy Initiative

28 May 2019 7:00am to 8:45am


Customs House
399 Queen Street, Brisbane
Click here for Customs House parking information


Registrations for this event are now closed

We are delighted to welcome our keynote speaker, Mr Paul Simons (Deputy Director of the International Energy Agency) who will be speaking on "Energy Transitions: Perspectives from the International Energy Agency".

Mr Simons' presentation will be followed by a panel discussion and question and answer session.

Since 2015, Paul 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.


If you have any enquiries please telephone Christine on 334 63101, or email uqenergy@uq.edu.au