Nobuo Tanaka

After a tumultuous year, the International Energy Agency has a new Executive Director in former Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs Maria van der Hoeven.

As the energy arm of the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, representing developed-country interests, the IEA was until recently largely viewed as a statistics-gathering and research operation. The group occasionally moved markets or influenced policies through its release of compelling numbers, and has been at the forefront of moves by the industry to embrace more renewable generation sources and grapple with limiting emissions that cause climate change. Keep reading →