Andrew Bieniawski joined the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) as vice president for material security and minimization after 25 years of serving in senior-level positions with the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration.
Bieniawski leads key NTI projects related to nuclear materials security and minimization, including the Global Dialogue on Nuclear Security Priorities, the IAEA/NTI Nuclear Fuel Bank and NTI’s Verification Pilot Project. He is also an expert in radiological threat reduction.
From July 2012 until February 2014, Bieniawski served as the acting principal assistant deputy administrator for NNSA’s Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation. In that position, he was responsible for overseeing a staff of more than 240 employees and an annual budget in excess of $2 billion.
From 2004 to 2012, Bieniawski led the U.S. government’s Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI). Under his leadership, GTRI significantly accelerated efforts and removed more than 2,300 kilograms of dangerous highly enriched uranium and plutonium from vulnerable locations around the world – enough material for terrorists to make more than 80 nuclear weapons. During this time, Bieniawski provided direct oversight to ensure the safe and successful completion of 21 highly complex operations to remove vulnerable nuclear material in more than 15 countries, including Vietnam, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ukraine, Mexico and Hungary.
From 2001 to 2004, Bieniawski served simultaneously as the executive director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office in Moscow and as the senior U.S. Department of Energy official in Russia. During this period, he worked internally within the U.S. Embassy and externally with senior Russian officials to expand the mission and role of the DOE Moscow Office.
Upon his retirement from government service in June 2014, he received the DOE Distinguished Career Service Award and NNSA Gold Medal.
Bieniawski has a bachelor's degree in Nuclear Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and a master of arts in international relations from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University.