The International Energy Forum (IEF) is the world's largest international organization of energy ministers from 72 countries and includes both producing and consuming nations. It is truly the global home of energy dialogue.
The Forum's biennial Ministerial Meetings are the world's largest gathering of Energy Ministers. The magnitude and diversity of this engagement is a testament to the position of the IEF as a neutral facilitator and honest broker of solutions in the common interest.
In addition to its unique global platform, the IEF has a broad mandate to examine all energy issues including oil and gas, clean and renewable energy, sustainability, energy transitions and new technologies, and data transparency as well as providing focus to the critical issue of energy poverty.
Originally founded 30 years ago as a forum to facilitate dialogue between member producing and consuming countries from OPEC and IEA, the IEF now has more member countries than those two organizations combined and from all regions of the world.
Notably, the IEF has several large non-aligned countries including China, Russia, India, South Africa and Argentina.
Member countries are signatories to the IEF Charter, which outlines the framework of the global energy dialogue through this inter-governmental organization.
Through the Forum and its associated events, IEF Ministers, their officials, energy industry executives, and other experts engage in a dialogue of increasing importance to global energy security and sustainability.
The IEF is led by a Secretary General elected by the IEF Executive Board for a four-year term. The IEF maintains a permanent Secretariat of international staff and a headquarters in the Diplomatic Quarter of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.