World Nuclear Association appoints new director general

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Dr. Sama-Bilbao-y-Leon, new WNA head.
Dr. Sama-Bilbao-y-Leon, new WNA head.

LONDON — The World Nuclear Association announced that Agneta Rising, director general since January 2013, will be stepping down from her position at the end of October to move to new endeavors.

Dr. Sama Bilbao y León, currently the head of the division of nuclear technology development and economics at OECD Nuclear Energy Agency, has been appointed as the next director general by the World Nuclear Association Board of Management.

Dr. Bilbao y León brings a very diverse professional experience, having worked in the nuclear industry, in academia, and in international organizations, including the IAEA. Her background is in nuclear engineering, and she is well versed in all topics relating to nuclear energy including nuclear safety, energy and environmental policy, electricity markets and economics. Her extensive experience working in international environments makes her particularly suited for this role.

Rising said: “It has been an immense privilege for me to lead the Association, and I am confident that it is in a great place to continue its essential work. The Association has achieved the highest recognition from other global, intergovernmental and governmental organizations, and with the Harmony goal, we now have a joint vision for the global industry to move ahead with full speed.”

Philippe Knoche, chairman of the World Nuclear Association and CEO of Orano, said: “All our grateful thanks to Agneta for these eight years of diligent leadership in challenging times. Her energy and direct relationships generated strong influence and recognition for our industry. Her work is a solid rock to build on.”

Following her appointment, Dr. Bilbao y León said: “I am honored and delighted to have been given the opportunity to lead World Nuclear Association. Agneta leaves some very big shoes to fill, and I will do my best to do so. I look forward to working together with the Association’s members, the Board and the Secretariat to continue making the case for nuclear energy as a clean, reliable, cost-effective and low-carbon energy source.”

Rising will be the Director General until the end of October, which will include a handover period with her successor. Dr. Sama Bilbao y León will be director general in waiting from Oct. 5. — SG


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