Mohammad Mustafa ElBaradei was born on June17, 1942 in Cairo Egypt, one of the five children of Mustafa ElBaradei, an attorney and head of Egyptian Bar Association. ElBaradei's father supported human rights, free media for people of Egypt and so was at loggerheads with government. ElBaradei got Bachelor's degree in Law from University of Cairo in 1962 and then DAE in International Law from Geneva followed by J.S.D. in International Law from US. He started diplomatic career in 1964 which lasted for more than two decades. He also delivered lectures as he was an Adjunct Professor of International Law at New York University School of Law (1981-1987). In 1984, ElBaradei became a senior staff member of the IAEA Secretariat serving as the Agency's legal adviser (1984 to 1993) and Assistant Director General for External Relations (1993 to 1997). ElBaradei became Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna in 1997. He was lucky enough to be re-elected for two more four-year terms in 2001 and 2005. For the third and last term, he was elected in November 2009. During his term, he focused on non-proliferation issues that included his inspection in Iraq followed by March 2003 invasion of Iraq by US. He was quite outspoken about nuclear program of Iran and commented in favour of Iran in his various interviews to different journals of different countries. Mohamed ElBaradei did not restrict his work to nuclear verification. He concentrated on an important aspect, development through nuclear technology. ElBaradei launched a comprehensive global initiative to fight cancer known as the Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT). Once he said: A silent crisis in cancer treatment persists in developing countries and is intensifying every year. At least 50 to 60 per cent of cancer victims can benefit from radiotherapy, but most developing countries do not have enough radiotherapy machines or sufficient numbers of specialized doctors and other health professionals". During first year of operation, PACT undertook to build cancer treatment capacity in seven member states, using the IAEA's share of the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize Award. ElBaradei and IAEA were announced as joint recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize for their "efforts to prevent nuclear energy from being used for military purposes and to ensure that nuclear energy, for peaceful purposes, is used in the safest possible way". ElBaradei donated all his winnings to building orphanages in his home city of Cairo. He also received honorary doctoral degrees from sixteen Universities around the globe. At the end of his third term as Director General in IAEA, his life took another turn, he returned to Egypt, his homeland, facing acute political turmoil, and become voice of people. He started advocating the rights of downtrodden people of Egypt. Now he represents those who have stood up to fight for their rights usurped by dictator. He is taking his nation to a transitional stage, to reach their goal of attaining democracy. Such leaders can change the fate of their followers, who are fully equipped with education, knowledge, human values and potential to face and go through all odds. Indeed ElBaradei is the new face of Egypt. IFTIKHAR SHAHEEN MIRZA, Islamabad, February 7.