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Olli Heinonen is a Visiting Senior Fellow at The Henry Jackson Society and a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. His research and teaching includes: nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, verification of treaty compliance, enhancement of the verification work of international organisations, and transfer and control of peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
Before joining the Belfer Center in September 2010, Olli 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 an 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 coauthor of several patents on radioactive waste solidification.
Olli Heinonen studied radiochemistry and completed his PhD dissertation in nuclear material analysis at the University of Helsinki.
His most recent report, The Iranian Nuclear Programme: Practical Parameters for a Credible Long-Term Agreement, provided a comprehensive yet easily-accessible examination of the underlying technical requirements for a deal between Iran and the P5+1 states.