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Paul Simons

Paul Simons

Company: International Energy Agency

Position: Deputy Executive Director

Paul Simons took up his duties as IEA Deputy Executive Director on 8 July 2015. He supports the Executive Director in providing leadership and strategic direction, including advancing the global engagement strategy by strengthening co-operation with non-member countries and pursuing initiatives with key partner countries.

Mr. Simons brings extensive expertise in energy and economic policy to the IEA through his prior experience. He was Executive Secretary of the Inter American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), co-ordinating drug policy and criminal justice reform initiatives for the 34 members of the Organization of American States. Before that he served as US Ambassador to Chile and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy and Sanctions, during which he was a delegate to the IEA Governing Board and chaired the IEA Standing Group on Long-Term Co-operation.

He has a BA from Yale University and an MBA in Finance from New York University.

Participates in the sessions:

  • Smog – a shared problem

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    Smog – a shared problem

    • Air quality in Poland compared to the EU. Scale of the problem and awareness of its consequences
    • How has Western Europe defeated smog? Using experiences from the front line of comprehensive fight against smog
    • Industry and energy; local and central administration; and residents and NGOs – a much-needed co-operation for cleaner air
    • Regulations and standards supporting the fight against smog. The Polish ‘Stop Smog’ programme

    Smog – a shared problem

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