The Board of Governors generally meets five times per year: in March and June, twice in September (before and after the General Conference) and in December.
At its meetings, the Board examines and makes recommendations to the General Conference on the IAEA's accounts, programme and budget, and considers applications for membership. It also approves safeguards agreements and the publication of the IAEA's safety standards and has the responsibility of appointing the Director General of the IAEA with the approval of the General Conference.
For the 2014-2015 period, the composition of the 35-member IAEA Board is: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Peru, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Switzerland, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Venezuela and Viet Nam.
The Chair of the Board of Governors for 2014-2015 is the Governor from Slovakia, Marta Žiaková. She succeeds Thiep Nguyen, Governor from Viet nam.
The Ambassadors and Resident Representatives of Austria and Egypt were elected as Vice-Chairs. They are: Christine Stix-Hackl, Governor from Austria, and Khaled Abdelrahman Shamaa, Governor from Egypt.