Chief economist of International Energy Agency to provide ‘World Energy Outlook 2013’


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Jeff Falk

Chief economist of International Energy Agency to provide ‘World Energy Outlook 2013’

HOUSTON – (Feb. 11, 2014) – Fatih Birol, chief economist for the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris, will present “World Energy Outlook 2013” at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Feb. 20. This event is part of the institute’s Shell Distinguished Lecture Series.

Who:               Fatih Birol, chief economist for the IEA. Kenneth Medlock, the James A. Baker III and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics, senior director of the institute’s Center for Energy Studies and adjunct professor and lecturer in Rice’s Economics Department, will provide welcoming remarks. Greg Guidry, executive vice president for Upstream Americas Unconventionals at Shell Oil Company, will give the introduction.

What:             “World Energy Outlook 2013” presentation.

When:             Thursday, Feb. 20, 6-7:30 p.m.

Where:           Rice University, Baker Hall, Doré Commons, 6100 Main St.

A new global energy landscape is emerging and recent trends and developments are causing expectations to shift, according to event organizers. Birol is responsible for the IEA’s flagship publication World Energy Outlook, which is recognized as the most authoritative source on the strategic analysis of global energy markets. His presentation will provide a detailed update of energy projections through 2035 and insight into what they mean for energy security, climate change, economic development and universal access to modern energy services.

The Shell Distinguished Lecture Series is the Baker Institute’s flagship speakers program, reflecting the vision of the institute’s honorary chair, former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker III, and Shell’s commitment to defining the role of statesmanship, integrity and bold leadership in meeting the challenges of the 21st century.

Registration for the event is now closed, but members of the news media who want to attend can RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.

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About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is associate director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.