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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 Inspections in Iran under the JCPOA

14th September 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

IAEA Inspections in Iran under the JCPOA

Olli Heinonen

The IAEA remains an important organization dedicated to preventing nuclear proliferation. Leveraging its inspectorate’s unique authority to access people, places, and facilities will be indispensable to the full and meaningful implementation of the JCPOA. more...

Analysis & Commentary

8th November 2017 – i24

The Rundown

Olli Heinonen

FDD's Olli Heinonen discusses Iran on i24's The Rundown. more...

30th October 2017 – Quoted by Rick Gladstone - The New York Times

Nuclear Scientists Urge Congress to Protect Iran Deal

Olli Heinonen

More than 90 top American experts in atomic sciences, including a designer of the hydrogen bomb, publicly threw their weight behind the Iran nuclear agreement on Monday, exhorting Congress to preserve the accord in the face of President Trump’s disavowal of it. more...

25th October 2017 – Quoted by Tim Ryan - Courthouse News

Experts Warn Congress Against Exiting Iran Nuclear Deal

Olli Heinonen

Voicing concern about the Trump administration’s recent move to decertify the Iran nuclear agreement, experts told Congress on Wednesday that there are steps America can take to counter Iran’s threats without backing away from the controversial deal. more...

23rd October 2017 – Quoted by James Reinl - The Middle East Eye

Congress can get tough on Iran and still preserve nuclear deal: Former IAEA official

Olli Heinonen

Washington can clamp down harder on Iran’s nuclear programme without ditching a 2015 deal brokered by the Obama administration, nuclear expert Olli Heinonen told Middle East Eye ahead of his congressional appearance this week. more...