Rafael Grossi, Career Diplomat, To Run IAEA

The International Atomic Energy Agency’s Board of Governors has named Rafael Mariano Grossi as the designated Director General of the Agency to replace Yukiya Amano of Japan, who passed away in July of this year.

Rafael Grossi, IAEAGrossi, who is currently Argentina’s Ambassador to Austria, served as the Assistant General Director of the IAEA from 2010 to 2013. He has 35 years experience in international diplomacy with much of his expertise centered on non-proliferation and disarmament issues.

Grossi is set to take over the agency in early December. His appointment requires approval of the full IAEA General Conference representing 171 charter members, which is to convene for a special session on December 2. The Board of Governors is an organizational body representing 35 IAEA members.

The new Director General will be the IAEA’s sixth head since it was founded in 1957.

Prior to Director General Amano’s tenure, the agency was led by Mohamed ElBaradei, IAEA Director General from 1997 to 2009; Hans Blix (1981 to 1997); Sigvard Eklund (1961 to 1981); and Sterling Cole (1957 to 1961).

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