Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
The incumbent IAEA Director General is Yukiya Amano of Japan. He has held this post since 1 December 2009. Before being appointed to the IAEA's top job, Mr Amano held a number of high-level policy positions, including Chairman of the IAEA Board of Governors from 2005-2006.
Mr Amano served as Chair of the Agency’s Board of Governors from September 2005 to September 2006. He was Japan’s Resident Representative to the Agency from 2005 until his election as Director General in July 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 Director-General for the Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Science Department from 2002 until 2005. He previously served as a governmental expert on the U.N. Panel on Missiles and on the U.N. Expert Group on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Education. 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, Mr 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.
Mr Amano was born in 1947, is married and speaks English, French and Japanese.