Pantelis F. Ikonomou holds a PhD in nuclear physics of the University of Vienna, Austria
Worked in nuclear research in the reactors of the ‘’Atominstitut der Österreichischen Universitäten’’, 1967-1972 and of the Greek Nuclear Centre ‘’Demokritos’’ (1975-1979). Senior Officer of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as an inspector of Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and as expert in combatting nuclear terrorism (1979-2011).
For his international duties he was trained in the most advanced nuclear facilities and laboratories in the USA, former Soviet Union, United Kingdom and France.
Headed numerous inspections of nuclear facilities and materials around the world for monitoring and verifying the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons’. Member of the negotiation team for the control of nuclear materials excess to the US nuclear weapons programme. Technical expert in the trilateral committee (USA, Russia and IAEA) for the control of the nuclear arsenals of USA and Russia.
Head of the Sapphire Project, the first down-blending of military nuclear material of the former Soviet Union.
Coordinator of the international programme for the nuclear security of the 2004 Olympic Games in Greece
In charge of a cooperation programme between IAEA and the EU in the area of combatting nuclear illicit trafficking in the regions of Balkan, Caucasus, Central and South-East Asia, in Africa and the Middle East (2003-2011)
Trained IAEA inspectors on nuclear safeguards verification techniques, as well as international security officers on combatting nuclear terrorism
Wrote numerous safeguards confidential reports on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, curried out related technical studies and published research papers and relevant articles in international media.
Represented the IAEA in international conferences and expert meetings.
Worked in about fifty countries and co-operated with representatives of more than one hundred nationalities.
Since 2012, he serves as scientific advisor of the Permanent Mission of Greece to the international organisations in Vienna on nuclear issues and as Alternate to the Resident Representative of Greece to the IAEA
In 1997 he received the IAEA Merit Award for Outstanding Performance and in 2005 the IAEA Team-Work-Award for the coordination of the international programme on the nuclear security of the 2004 Olympic Games in Greece
In November 2005, the Director General ElBaradei and the IAEA staff were awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace.