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Janice Dunn Lee
Deputy Director General, Head of the Department of Management
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Janice Dunn Lee is the Deputy Director General, Head of the Department of Management at the International Atomic Energy Agency. She was appointed to the position on 1 January 2012. She is the highest ranking American in the UN agencies based in Vienna – one of UN headquarters cities. Frequently cited as the example of a purposeful, efficient intergovernmental organization, charged with matters critical to international peace and security, the IAEA– with its 168 Member States – has a multicultural staff of more than 2,500 in Vienna; regional offices in New York, Geneva, Toronto and Tokyo; laboratories in Austria and Monaco; and inspectors and experts working around the world. It is the leading international organization charged with verifying nations’ nuclear non-proliferation commitments (including the special cases involving Iran and North Korea), advancing the safety of nuclear power reactors worldwide, and promoting peaceful uses of nuclear technology (e.g. in medicine, agriculture, water resources management and industry).
Ms Dunn Lee brings to the IAEA over thirty-five years of experience in the nuclear policy and regulatory fields. Before assuming her position at the IAEA, she was the Deputy Director-General of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency in Paris, France. Earlier, she was Director of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Office of International Programs. In that position, Ms Dunn Lee managed US international cooperative programmes in nuclear technology and materials, the import and export licensing of these materials and radioactive waste safety. She also participated in programmes to assist several former republics of the Soviet Union to protect, control and account for their nuclear materials.
She represented the U.S. at various multinational agencies, including the Nuclear Energy Agency in Paris, and the IAEA in Vienna. She was responsible for formulation and implementation of bilateral nuclear energy programs with foreign governments and was engaged in extensive foreign travels. Contacts were at the ministerial level and often included participation in private meetings with Heads of State/Government. Additionally, she was liaison with embassies in Washington, received foreign delegations, and testified before various Congressional committees.
Ms Dunn Lee is member of the Board of Advisors of Webster University, the largest American based undergraduate and graduate school in Vienna. She is a frequent speaker worldwide.
Ms Dunn Lee holds a B.A. in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.A. in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.