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Olli Heinonen

Senior Advisor on Science and Nonproliferation

Biography:

Former Deputy Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and head of its Department of Safeguards, Dr. Heinonen is a Senior Advisor on Science and Nonproliferation at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Dr. Heinonen is also a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. His research and teachings include: nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, verification of treaty compliance, enhancement of the verification work of international organizations, and transfer and control of peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

Before joining the Belfer Center in September 2010, Dr. Heinonen served 27 years at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. Heinonen was the Deputy Director General of the IAEA, and head of its Department of Safeguards. Prior to that, he was Director at the Agency’s various Operational Divisions, and as inspector including at the IAEA’s overseas office in Tokyo, Japan.

Prior to joining IAEA, he was a Senior Research Officer at the Technical Research Centre of Finland Reactor Laboratory in charge of research and development related to nuclear waste solidification and disposal.

He is co-author of several patents on radioactive waste solidification. Called on to provide analysis of the most important global nonproliferation challenges, his writings and interviews have be published in various newspapers and magazines including: Foreign Policy, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Arms Control Today, Der Spiegel, Le Monde, Helsingin Sanomat, The New York Times, Mehr News Agency, Stern, Haaretz, New Statesman, The Washington Post, BBC, and Time. His policy briefings have been published by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Belfer Center, Atlantic Council, Nautilus Institute, Institute for Science and International Security, Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and Carnegie Endowment.

Dr. Heinonen is a member of the non-partisan Iran Task Force.

Former Deputy Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and head of its Department of Safeguards, Dr. Heinonen is a Senior Advisor on Science and Nonproliferation at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Dr. Heinonen is also a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. His research and teachings include: nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, verification of treaty compliance, enhancement of the verification work of international organizations, and transfer and control of peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

Before joining the Belfer Center in September 2010, Dr. Heinonen served 27 years at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. Heinonen was the Deputy Director General of the IAEA, and head of its Department of Safeguards. Prior to that, he was Director at the Agency’s various Operational Divisions, and as inspector including at the IAEA’s overseas office in Tokyo, Japan.

Prior to joining IAEA, he was a Senior Research Officer at the Technical Research Centre of Finland Reactor Laboratory in charge of research and development related to nuclear waste solidification and disposal.

He is co-author of several patents on radioactive waste solidification. Called on to provide analysis of the most important global nonproliferation challenges, his writings and interviews have be published in various newspapers and magazines including: Foreign Policy, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Arms Control Today, Der Spiegel, Le Monde, Helsingin Sanomat, The New York Times, Mehr News Agency, Stern, Haaretz, New Statesman, The Washington Post, BBC, and Time. His policy briefings have been published by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Belfer Center, Atlantic Council, Nautilus Institute, Institute for Science and International Security, Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and Carnegie Endowment.

Dr. Heinonen is a member of the non-partisan Iran Task Force. 

IAEA Still Needs to Investigate Military Dimension of Iran’s Nuclear Program

6th September 2018 – FDD Report

IAEA Still Needs to Investigate Military Dimension of Iran’s Nuclear Program

Olli Heinonen

The board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will meet in Vienna beginning on September 10 and will receive briefings beforehand from the IAEA secretariat. The upcoming meeting represents an important opportunity for the board of governors to address the possible military dimensions (PMD) of the Iranian nuclear program, especially after the discovery of an atomic archive in Tehran raised new concerns about whether Iran had declared all of its nuclear-related activities to the IAEA. more...

Analysis & Commentary

9th October 2018 – VOA

VOA Korea

Olli Heinonen

FDD's Olli Heinonen discusses North Korea's nuclear program. more...

27th September 2018 – Quoted by Felicia Schwartz, Micharl R. Gordon - The Wall Street Journal

Israeli Leader Alleges Iran Is Secretly Housing Materials for Nuclear Arms

Olli Heinonen

UNITED NATIONS—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran of secretly housing nuclear materials and equipment, in his bid to persuade the international community that Tehran maintains its goal of developing atomic weapons despite its pledge otherwise. more...

6th September 2018 – FDD Report

IAEA Still Needs to Investigate Military Dimension of Iran’s Nuclear Program

Olli Heinonen

The board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will meet in Vienna beginning on September 10 and will receive briefings beforehand from the IAEA secretariat. The upcoming meeting represents an important opportunity for the board of governors to address the possible military dimensions (PMD) of the Iranian nuclear program, especially after the discovery of an atomic archive in Tehran raised new concerns about whether Iran had declared all of its nuclear-related activities to the IAEA. more...

15th July 2018 – Quoted by Joby Warrick - The Washington Post

Papers stolen in an Israeli raid on Tehran archive reveal the extent of Iran’s past weapons research

Olli Heinonen

New details from a trove of Iranian nuclear documents stolen by Israeli spies early this year show that Tehran obtained explicit weapons-design information from a foreign source and was on the cusp of mastering key bombmaking technologies when the research was ordered halted 15 years ago. more...