Yukiya Amano is director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Amano served as chair of the agency’s Board of Governors from September 2005 to September 2006 and was Japan’s resident representative to the agency from 2005 until his election as director general in July 2009. At the Japanese Foreign Ministry, Amano was director general for the Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Science Department from 2002 until 2005. He previously served as a governmental expert on the UN Panel on Missiles and on the UN Expert Group on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Education. A graduate of the Tokyo University Faculty of Law, Amano joined the Japanese Foreign Ministry in April 1972, when he began a series of international postings in Belgium, France, Laos, Switzerland, and the United States.