Mr Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), announced on June 7, 2010 at the IAEA Board of Governors his decision to select Denis Flory as Deputy Director General, Head of the Department of Nuclear Safety And Security. Denis Flory will take office later this year. It is the first time that a French citizen has held this position since this United Nations agency was created in 1957.
Denis Flory, born in 1953, graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique (class of 1972) and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées (in Atomic Engineering, Paris 1978).
In 1978, Denis Flory started his career with the CEA, where he was employed as a thermal-hydraulics engineer for fast neutron reactors.
In 1984, he was appointed to the French Embassy in the USSR for three years, as Assistant for Science and Technology, in charge of the Nuclear sector.
After spending four years as an engineer in Great-Britain at the Joint European Torus, he returned to France to take up the position of Technical Advisor to the Atomic Energy High Commissioner for three years.
From 1994 to 2004, Denis Flory was appointed Deputy, and subsequently Head, of the Department for the Security of Radioactive Materials within the IRSN. He was then in charge of transport safety for radioactive material, the application of international nuclear inspections and the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in France. He was also in charge of the protection and inspection of nuclear materials, the protection of nuclear facilities and the physical protection of transport.
In 2005, he joined the French Embassy in Russia as Nuclear Advisor, before returning to the IRSN where he was appointed Director of International Relations in September 2009. While holding this position, he contributed to the IRSN's action to develop ETSON, the European Technical Safety Organisations Network, and to set up ENSTTI, the European Nuclear Safety Training and Tutoring Institute.