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Zeinabou Mindaoudou Souley, International Data Centre

Dr Zeinabou Mindaoudou Souley has been the Director of the International Data Centre Division for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) since 18 March 2021.

She has years of experience working in the technical and political fields of nuclear science and technologies including nuclear power programme and nuclear security.

Since 2014 and prior to joining the CTBTO as staff, Dr Mindaoudou Souley was the Minister and Chairperson of the High Authority for Atomic Energy of Niger (HANEA), a National Data Center (NDC), under the Office of the President of the Republic of Niger in Niamey. She functioned as the Station Manager and Principal Point of Contact for the CTBTO. She supervised and participated in the installation and certification of RN48 in Agades.

She was also the Vice-Chairperson of the Working Group B of the Preparatory Commission of the CTBTO from 2016 to 2021.

During the period of 2014 and 2020, Dr Mindaoudou Souley assumed prominent roles in the Republic of Niger’s Nuclear Programme -- as Chair of the Technical and Scientific Advisory Committee for all the country’s Nuclear related activities, as Secretary General of the Strategic Orientation Committee for the Nuclear Power Programme (NEPIO/Political), and as Chair of the National Technical Committee for the Nuclear Power Programme (NEPIO/technical).

From 2018 to 2020, Dr Mindaoudou Souley represented the Republic of Niger as Governor to the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). During the period of 2014 to 2018, she was the National Liaison Officer for IAEA as well as the National Coordinator of the Regional Cooperative Agreement for Africa on Research, Development and Training in Nuclear Science and Technology (AFRA).

Dr Mindaoudou Souley was the Special Advisor for Nuclear Applications to the President of the Republic of Niger from 2012 to 2014. Her work in the academe, in particular, with the Abdou Moumouni University (UAM) in Niamey, Niger spans decades, during which she performed the following functions: Head of the Nuclear Physics and Chemistry Department and Head of the Nuclear Instrumentation and ICT Laboratory of the Institute of Radioisotopes (IRI) from 2005 to 2012, and as Deputy Head of the same department from 1998 to 2005. She was the Head of the Electronics Laboratory of IRI (UAM) from 1990 to 1998. 

She continued to be a Lecturer at the Faculty of Sciences and Techniques of the University Abdou Moumouni of Niamey from 2011 to 2021.

Dr Mindaoudou Souley earned her doctorate in Applied Physics from the University of Paris13 Villetaneuse, France and her postgraduate degree, a Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies / Degree of in-Depth Studies on optical and microwaves communications from the University of Limoges, France.

Her undergraduate degree is in electronics instrumentation engineering from the University of Setif, Algeria.

She has continued to expand her knowledge in the scientific and nuclear fields and has attended various training courses and workshops and has certifications in the areas of scientific and medical nuclear instrumentation, ICT, nuclear physics, medical physics, nuclear security, among others.

Dr Zeinabou Mindaoudou Souley is dedicated to bolstering the participation of women in the domains of nuclear science and nuclear security. She is a founding member of the following: Forum of the Nuclear Safety and Security Authorities of the G5 Sahel countries and Senegal (FASSN G5 Sahel and Senegal), the Network of Women in Science and Technology of Niger, and Women in Nuclear Network of Niger.