Pantelis Ikonomou holds a PhD in nuclear physics of the University of Vienna, Austria 

Worked in the nuclear research reactors in Austria and Greece (1967-1979)  

Senior Officer of the International Atomic Energy Agency –IAEA (1979-2011); inspector in non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and expert in combatting nuclear terrorism  

Was trained in the most advanced nuclear facilities and laboratories in USA, former Soviet Union, United Kingdom and France 

Headed numerous inspections of nuclear facilities and materials around the world  

Coordinated the international programme for the nuclear security of the 2004 Olympic Games in Greece 

Trained IAEA inspectors on nuclear safeguards verification techniques, as well as international security officers on combatting nuclear terrorism 

Wrote numerous confidential reports on non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, curried out pertinent technical studies and published nuclear research papers and relevant articles in international media. 

Represented the IAEA in international conferences and expert meetings. 

Since 2012, Alternate to the Resident Representative of Greece to the IAEAand scientific advisor of thePermanent Diplomatic Mission of Greece to the international organisations in Vienna  

Received the IAEA Merit Award for Outstanding Performance (1997)and the IAEATeam-Work-Award(2005)  

IAEA DG ElBaradei and the IAEA staff were awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace (2005).