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Mohamed ElBaradei

IAEA Director General from 1997 to 2009

Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei

Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei

Mr Mohamed ElBaradei was Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) from December 1997 until November 2009.

In October 2005, Mr. ElBaradei and the IAEA were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize "for their efforts to prevent nuclear energy from being used for military purposes and to ensure that nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is used in the safest possible way."  Mr. ElBaradei He was an IAEA staff member from 1984, holding a number of high-level policy positions, including that of Legal Adviser and subsequently Assistant Director General for External Relations.

In 1980, he joined the United Nations and became a senior fellow in charge of the International Law Programme at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. From 1981 to 1987, he was also an Adjunct Professor of International Law at the New York University School of Law.

Previously from 1974 to 1978, Mr. ElBaradei was a special assistant to the Foreign Minister of Egypt and in this capacity he took part in various presidential and ministerial delegations, including as part of the negotiating team that led to the conclusion of the disengagement agreements between Egypt and Israel.

Mr. ElBaradei began his career in the Egyptian Diplomatic Service in 1964, serving in the Permanent Missions of Egypt to the United Nations in New York and Geneva, in charge of political, legal and arms control issues.

Mr ElBaradei has a bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Cairo, and a Doctorate in International Law from New York University School of Law. He has received multiple awards for his work as a public servant and as an advocate for tolerance, humanity and freedom.

Born in 1942, Mr ElBaradei is married and has two children.

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