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President to 57th IAEA General Conference: Curriculum Vitae

Xolisa Mfundiso Mabhongo


Xolisa Mfundiso MabhongoAmbassador and
Permanent Representative of South Africa

The General Conference elected Ambassador Xolisa Mfundiso Mabhongo as President of the IAEA's 57th General Conference on 16 September 2013.

Mr. Xolisa Mabhongo is a senior diplomat with a long and distinguished career in the South African foreign service. He has served in a number of senior diplomatic positions both in South Africa and abroad for over 20 years. Since 2010 he is South Africa's Ambassador to Austria, Slovenia and Slovakia and Governor for South Africa to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Mr. Xolisa Mabhongo has held a number of other senior positions: he was Chairperson of the CTBTO PrepCom in 2010, he was Vice Chairperson to the IAEA Board of Governors in 2013 and Chairperson of the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, also in 2013.

His diplomatic experience in the UN system includes a period as Chief Director of the United Nations Multilateral Branch, Department of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa from 2006 to 2009. From 2004 to 2006, he also served as Minister Counsellor and Acting Deputy Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations in New York. Before that he was First Secretary (1999-2001) then Counsellor (2001-2004) to the Permanent Mission of South Africa to the UN in New York.

In addition to serving overseas, Ambassador Mabhongo served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Senior Foreign Service Officer in various offices within South Africa's Department of International Relations and Communications.

Ambassador Mabhongo was born in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, South Africa on 18 May 1972. He holds a degree of Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University, New York, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Diplomatic Studies from Oxford University in the United Kingdom.

Ambassador Mabhongo is married with three children.