Jacques Baute

Jacques Baute

Director of the IAEA Iraq Nuclear Verification Office

Jacques Baute was appointed Leader of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Iraq Action Team (now Iraq Nuclear Verification Office, INVO) on 1 November 1999. INVO is responsible for the practical implementation of the IAEA Director General’s United Nations Security Council mandate in Iraq and for establishing the technical conclusions that the Director General has provided to the Security Council since 1991.

Mr. Baute joined the IAEA in May 1994 to direct the inspections and assessment of the weaponisation parts of Iraq’s clandestine nuclear weapons programme. In August 1997, he assumed duties as Head of Operations, with responsibility for planning and implementing all field operations in Iraq. On more than 20 occasions between 1994 and 1998 and to start operations in 2002, he was Chief Inspector of the Nuclear Monitoring Group in Iraq. Since December 2003, he has been responsible for the assessment of the weapons development part of Libya’s previously undeclared nuclear programme.

At the beginning of his professional career, Mr. Baute joined the Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique (French Atomic Energy Commission). As staff of the Division of Military Applications (CEA/DAM) from 1981 to 1992, he was successively: responsible for studies of material properties under high pressure, Section Head in charge of computer simulations of nuclear weapons, and Service Head for nuclear warhead physics phenomenology. In 1992, he started his work on Iraq’s nuclear weapons programme as an expert assigned for nine months to the United Nations Special Commission and participating in the IAEA’s inspections programme.

In addition to his initial scientific and technical expertise in the area of nuclear weapons, Dr. Baute has acquired extensive knowledge of nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear verification matters.

Mr. Baute graduated from the École Centrale des Arts et Manufactures, Paris, in 1981 and obtained a Doctorate in high-pressure physics in 1984. Between 1981 and 1994, in addition to his work at CEA, he taught Statistical Physics, Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics at the École Centrale des Arts et Manufactures, at various university levels.

Jacques Baute speaks French, English and Spanish. He was born in France in 1958, is married and resides with his wife in Vienna, Austria.