The Dean is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Academy and its substantive programme. He/she is supported by the IACA team, and reports to and is accountable to the Board of Governors.

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In accordance with Article IX of the IACA Agreement, the Dean shall:

(a) Represent the Academy externally;

(b) Ensure the proper administration of the Academy, including human resources and financial management;

(c) Prepare the work programme and budget of the Academy for consideration by the Board and adoption by the Assembly. The work programme shall include research priorities, training activities, curricula and tool development;

(d) Implement the work programme and budget;

(e) Submit to the Board annual and ad hoc reports on the activities of the Academy including an annual audited statement of the Academy’s accounts;

(f) Propose the establishment of cooperative relationships in accordance with Article XIII for approval by the Board;

(g) Coordinate the work of the Academy with the work of the Parties to this Agreement and other international and national institutions, agencies and networks as relevant taking into account the relevant recommendations and guidelines of the Assembly and the Board as well as advice from the International Senior Advisory Board and the International Academic Advisory Board;

(h) Enter into contracts and arrangements on behalf of the Academy and negotiate international agreements for consideration by the Board and approval by the Assembly;

(i) Actively seek appropriate funding for the Academy and accept voluntary contributions on behalf of the Academy in accordance with the relevant Board strategies and guidelines as well as the financial regulations;

(j) Undertake other assignments or activities as may be determined by the Board.

Thomas Stelzer

Dean of IACA

The IACA Board of Governors has appointed Thomas Stelzer, Austrian diplomat with extensive multilateral experience, as Dean of the Academy for a renewable period of four years. He will take up his duties on 2 March.

Mr. Stelzer has been a member of the foreign service of the Republic of Austria. He has served as Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations Office in Vienna, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization Preparatory Commission; and more recently as Ambassador to Portugal. He also served as Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs at the United Nations, and as the Secretary of the United Nations Chief Executives Board.

At the Austrian Permanent Mission in New York, he had worked in the areas of international security and disarmament issues, as well as development cooperation. He was also Special Assistant to the Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban-Treaty Organization (CTBTO PrepCom).  

Among his various other professional activities, Thomas Stelzer has also held the position of Deputy-Director of the Austrian Cultural Institute in New York. Before joining the Foreign Service, he worked as a free-lance journalist and political science researcher in Latin America. He has extensively lectured on the International System.  

Thomas Stelzer is holding degrees from Vienna University and Stanford University and a Diploma from The Johns Hopkins University, School for Advanced International Studies.

He has been the president of Klangforum Wien, a leading ensemble for contemporary classical music.

Former Dean


Martin Kreutner

Dean of IACA (2012 – 2019)

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