Dr Fatih Birol, the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, was awarded the second annual Carnot Prize from the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design for his “distinguished contributions to energy policy.”
“We honor Fatih Birol for guiding the complex and politically-fraught process of global collaboration on energy policy,” said Penn President Amy Gutmann. “Dr Birol is steadily advancing inclusivity and equity by expanding the IEA’s role beyond primarily ‘first-world’ interests to encompass a much broader global community.”
President Gutmann also announced the creation of a new graduate student fellowship program at the IEA’s headquarters in Paris. The programme, which was named in honor of Dr Birol, will provide new opportunities for a rising generation of Penn-educated leaders.
“I am extremely honored by this distinction, which celebrates a forefather of the energy revolution, a mathematician and scientist—Nicolas Sadi Carnot,” said Dr Birol, “Carnot’s work has helped improve our understanding of energy efficiency, a topic to which we are very much attached at the IEA. It’s a special pleasure to be in the company of Penn students who will be the future leaders of our industry.”