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IAEA Board of Governors Elects New Chairperson for 2023-2024

Ambassador Holger Federico Martinsen, Chairperson of the IAEA’s Board of Governors for 2023–2024. (Photo: H. Shaffer/IAEA)

The IAEA Board of Governors elected by acclamation Ambassador Holger Federico Martinsen as the Chairperson of the IAEA’s Board of Governors for 2023-2024. His one-year term commences today. He succeeds Ambassador Ivo Sramek of the Czech Republic. 

Ambassador Martinsen is Argentina’s Permanent Representative to the Vienna-based international organizations. He also serves as the designated ambassador for Austria, Slovakia and Slovenia. Prior to his appointment, he was Head Legal Adviser of Argentina’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship. 

A career diplomat, Ambassador Martinsen has held several positions in the Argentine Foreign Ministry, including as Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization. During his service with the Mission of Argentina to the United Nations in New York, Ambassador Martinsen was a member of the Argentine delegation to the Security Council in 1995 and in 1999/2000. 

He has also been a member of the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission since 2022. 

In the field of academia, Ambassador Martinsen served as a professor of multilateral practice, multilateral diplomacy and public international law at his alma mater, the Institute of Foreign Service of Argentina. He has been an assistant professor of public international law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Buenos Aires since 1990. 

He is married and has three children. 


Last update: 03 Oct 2023

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