Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency
Yukiya Amano is director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency. The IAEA is an intergovernmental organization based in Vienna and is the global center for cooperation in nuclear applications, energy, science, and technology.
Mr. Amano served as chair of the agency's Board of Governors from September 2005 to September 2006 and then served as Japan's resident representative to the agency until his selection as director general in July 2009. He assumed his duties as IAEA Director General on December 1, 2009. He has extensive experience in disarmament and non-proliferation diplomacy, as well as nuclear energy issues.
At the Japanese Foreign Ministry, Mr. Amano was appointed as director-general for the Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Science Department until 2005, after serving as a governmental expert on the U.N. Panel on Missiles in April 2001 and on the U.N. Expert Group on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Education in July 2001. Mr. Amano contributed to the 1995, 2000, and 2005 Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty Review Conferences, and he chaired the 2007 Preparatory Committee for the 2010 Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty Review Conference.
A graduate of the Tokyo University Faculty of Law, Amano joined the Japanese Foreign Ministry in April 1972, when he began a series of international postings in Belgium, France, Laos, Switzerland, and the United States.
He was born in 1947, is married, and speaks English, French, and Japanese.
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