Faces of International Security: Susan Pickett

Welcome to the inaugural Faces of International Security interview. Today we will be featuring Susan Pickett:

Susan Pickett is a Training Development Officer in the Department of Safeguards in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The IAEA was established in 1957 to promote the peaceful use of nuclear material. This includes though nuclear energy, nuclear medicine, and agricultural techniques, to name a few. The Department of Safeguards is the verification branch of the IAEA. It ensures that Member States comply with their legal obligations to use nuclear material for non-military purposes.

Susan Pickett is from the United States and worked in Japan as a nuclear engineer before joining the IAEA.

What is the most interesting meal you have had while travelling for work
Susan: It’s all about the people… so I think every meal shared offers the opportunity to learn something new.  One of the most interesting meals was with a colleague in Egypt in 2007 in a small family run restaurant.

What is the book you recommend everyone should read?
Susan: So many – Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh comes to mind.

Who is the most inspiring person you have worked with?
Susan: The Director of Strategic Management in a company I once worked for – he was open to new ideas, willing to let his staff try new approaches and had a breadth of knowledge on a range of topics. He seemed to always have energy and positive attitude that was contagious. He supported his staff and always acted when he said he would.


(Featured Photo Credit: Lu Lu)


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