Juan Carlos Lentijo was appointed Deputy Director General and Head of the IAEA Department of Nuclear Safety and Security, effective 1 October 2015.
Mr Lentijo had more than 33 years of experience in the field of nuclear technology, nuclear safety and radiation protection. He began his career in 1982 as a design and license engineer at Empresarios Agrupados in Madrid, an international engineering firm providing expertise in nuclear power generation.
In 1984, he joined the Consejo de Seguridad Nuclear (CSN), Spain’s nuclear regulatory body, where he held a series of leadership positions, from Deputy Director General for Emergencies and Physical Protection (1996 – 2002) to CSN Director General for Radiation Protection from 2002 to 2003 and Deputy Director General for Public and Environmental Radiation Protection from 2003 through mid- 2012.
He joined the IAEA as the Director of the Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology in June 2012.
Mr Lentijo has a master's degree as an industrial engineer (specializing in energy and nuclear engineering) from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (1982), in addition to receiving an MBA from the Instituto Embpresa in Madrid (2004). He received specialized training in nuclear power, power reactor operation, maintenance and research reactors from both Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States and TECNATOM in Spain. He also participated in radiation protection training at the Centre for Energy, Environment and Technology (CIEMAT) in Madrid (1984 and 1992) and in trainings for nuclear and radiological emergencies at the Belgium nuclear research centre SCK-CEN in Mol (1996).
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