Ambassador Paul Simons has enjoyed a distinguished career in both bilateral and multilateral diplomacy. From 2015 to 2020, he served as Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the International Energy Agency (IEA), the leading global authority for energy and climate change analysis and policy development. Over the prior four years, he led hemispheric drug control and law enforcement initiatives for the Organization of American States. During his 30-year diplomatic career, Ambassador Simons served as US Ambassador to Chile, leading one of the most active bilateral relationships in the hemisphere; Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy and Sanctions, where he coordinated U.S. energy diplomacy initiatives worldwide; and Acting Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, where he managed more than $1 billion in annual resources supporting U.S. drug control and police training programs worldwide. He also worked on advancing multilateral Arab/Israeli cooperation, including a posting as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Israel. Ambassador Simons served as a faculty advisor at the National Defense University, and as a senior fellow at Yale’s Jackson Institute in its inaugural year 2010/2011. Before joining the Foreign Service, he worked in international corporate lending at a New York based commercial bank. Ambassador Simons holds a B.A. from Yale and an M.B.A. in Finance from New York University.