Position: Former director general, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Biography:Mohamed ElBaradei, aged 68, was born and raised in Cairo. In 1962, he graduated from the University of Cairo with a bachelor’s degree in law. ElBaradei also has a master’s degree in international law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and a diploma in international law from the New York University School of Law in the US.
In 1964, ElBaradei joined the Foreign Affairs Ministry and worked in Egypt’s permanent missions to the UN in New York and in Geneva. ElBaradei joined the Vienna-based IAEA in 1984 and was appointed as director general in 1997. He stayed in this role until November 2009.
In 2005, ElBaradei, together with the IAEA, was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for efforts to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons. On January 27 2011, ElBaradei returned to Egypt to take part in active politics.