Didier HOUSSIN was appointed Chairman and CEO of IFP Energies nouvelles on April 8, 2015.

Prior to this, from December 2012 to April 2015, he was Director of Sustainable Energy Policy and Technology at the International Energy Agency (IEA). In this role, he was responsible for the development of low-carbon technologies and energy transition (ETP scenarios to 2050, technology roadmaps, carbon capture and sequestration and the IEA's international RD&D network). From July 2007 to October 2012, he was Director of Energy Markets and Security at the IEA. In this role, he was responsible for analyzing energy markets, in particular oil, gas, electricity and renewable energies, and overseeing security of supply.

Before joining the IEA, Didier Houssin had gained broad experience in numerous positions both in the French Government and the private industrial sector. He was Managing Director of BRGM, the French Geological Survey, with a wide range of managerial responsibility over the 850-strong group, from 2004 to 2007.He was Director of Energy and Mineral Resources at the French Ministry of Economy and Finance from 1997 to 2004. From 1987 to 1990, he held a position in European Affairs at Total, where he was responsible for developing EU strategy. From 1983 to 1987, he had international positions at the French Ministry of the Industry.

Didier Houssin graduated from the École Nationale d’Administration (ENA) (1983) and has a Master in International Law from the Paris Sorbonne University. He also has a degree in Political Science from the Institut d’études politiques in Paris (1977).