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Chief Economist, International Energy Agency
Laszlo Varro is the Chief Economist of the International Energy Agency. He leads the Economics and Investment Office, which is responsible for providing energy economics insights for the policy and energy security analysis of the IEA. He is responsible for the comprehensive coverage of investment in the energy sector, including the market and policy drivers of investment, investment impact of regulatory and market design measures, as well as the energy security and climate change implications of the investment process. He leads the Energy Business Council, the IEA’s main engagement platform with the private sector. Until 2016 Laszlo held the position of Head of Gas, Coal and Power Markets at the IEA. In this post he was responsible for gas market and supply security analysis, LNG markets, electricity market design and infrastructure policy as well as the impact of climate policy on coal-based electrification.
Until 2011 Laszlo was the Director for Strategy Development at MOL Group, a publicly-quoted oil and gas independent. In his corporate role he was responsible for the development of corporate strategy including demand forecasting, portfolio management and investment capital allocation. From 2005 to 2011 Laszlo worked as the Head of Price Regulation at the Hungarian Energy Office where his main projects were unbundling and network tariff setting, introduction of the first feed in tariffs for renewables in Hungary as well as restructuring power purchase agreements during market liberalisation. Laszlo started his economist career at the National Bank of Hungary after completing his graduate degree at the University of Cambridge and Corvinus University of Budapest.