Dr. Dimitri Perricos was born in Piraeus, Greece in December 1935. He joined the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in 1972 as a nuclear safeguards inspector. During his 28- year career at the IAEA he influenced the way the nuclear safeguards system was developed to its present state.
Dr. Perricos was the head of a special group of experts which developed the Safeguards Implementation and Evaluation Criteria in early 1990s.
He joined the Iraq Action Team on its establishment in April 1991 as the head of operations, leading the first nuclear inspection team into Iraq under Security Council Resolution 687.
He was Team Leader of a special group appointed in late 1991, to verify the completeness and correctness of the South African declaration under its comprehensive safeguards agreement and the dismantling of its nuclear weapons programme.
He served as the Director of the IAEA Division of Operations dealing with DPRK nuclear issues from 1993 to 1999.
In 2000, Dr. Perricos joined Dr. Blix at UN New York as the Director of Planning and Operations of the United Nations Monitoring and Verification Commission (UNMOVIC).He led the first UNMOVIC inspection team into Iraq in November 2002. In January 2003 he was appointed Deputy Executive Chairman of the organization. In July 2003, he was appointed Acting Executive Chairman of UNMOVIC following the departure of Dr. Blix.
Dr. Perricos holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Athens.