Kwaku Aning assumed his duties as Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation on 1 January 2011.
Prior to his current appointment at the Agency, Mr. Aning served as the Director and Secretary of the Policy-Making Organs of the IAEA (the Board of Governors and the General Conference). He also held the post of Representative of the IAEA Director General to the United Nations (UN) in New York.
At the UN in New York and at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva, Mr. Aning's assignments since 1978 have included: Secretary of the Organizational Committee of the former Administrative Committee on Coordination (ACC) (1998–2000); Secretary of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (UNCSTD) (1995–1998); Regional Coordinator for Elections in Angola (United Nations Angola Verification Mission UNAVEM II) and Deputy to the Humanitarian Assistance Coordinator in Angola (1992–1993); and Secretary of the Preparatory Committee of the UN Conference on Science and Technology for Development (1978–1979).
Mr. Aning has also worked on several UN technical cooperation projects on technology policy issues, in particular information and communication technologies.
Mr. Aning obtained his doctorate in Metallurgical Engineering from Columbia University; his master's degree in Solid State Physics from Princeton University; and his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering (First Class) from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana.
Mr. Aning has edited two books on information and communication technologies and published several articles in scientific and technical journals.
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