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IAEA Management Team

DDG Herman Nackaerts

Herman Nackaerts

IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Safeguards

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Mr. Herman M.G. Nackaerts was appointed as the Deputy Director General, Head of the Department of Safeguards at the International Atomic Energy Agency, in September 2010. The Department of Safeguards is responsible for verifying that nuclear material placed under safeguards is not diverted to nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices and that there is no undeclared nuclear material or activities in non-nuclear weapons States party to the NPT.

In January 2006, Mr. Nackaerts joined the International Atomic Energy Agency and was appointed Director of Division of Operations B in the Department of Safeguards.

From 1983-2006, before joining the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mr. Nackaerts assumed positions at the European Commission, in the Section for Euratom Safeguards as: Section Head of Strategy and External Relations; Section Head of Safeguards Inspections; Head of the Division of Logistics and Information Technology and Head of the Division of Safeguards Inspections.

Before 1983 Mr. Nackaerts held positions as a process and design engineer within the Belgian chemical and nuclear industry respectively and as a project engineer at the Nuclear Research Centre in Mol, Belgium.

Mr. Nackaerts holds a degree in electrotechnical and mechanical engineering from the University of Leuven in Belgium. He has written numerous safeguards publications and speaks English, French, German and Dutch fluently.

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