Director General


Agneta Rising became Director General of World Nuclear Association on 1 January 2013, having previously held the position of Vice President Environment at Vattenfall AB. In this post Ms. Rising headed a pan-European department focused on energy, environment and sustainability. Previously, Ms. Rising was Director for Nuclear Business Development at Vattenfall Generation. 

Ms. Rising joined Vattenfall AB (then Swedish State Power Board) in 1980. Her career there centred on radiological protection. Within the Vattenfall Group, Rising was the leading specialist on nuclear energy and the environment.

Agneta Rising became chairman of the Uranium Institute in May 2000, and presided over its transformation into the World Nuclear Association in 2001.

Ms. Rising is co-founder and former president of Women in Nuclear (WIN). During her WIN presidency, the organization quadrupled in size. Ms. Rising has also been president of the European Nuclear Society and president of the Swedish Nuclear Society.

Over the past two decades, Agneta Rising has been appointed by the Swedish government, the EU Commission and the International Atomic Energy Agency to several significant expert and advisory positions relevant to the safety and future development of nuclear power. Among these, Ms. Rising served for four years on the IAEA’s International Nuclear Safety Group. She was awarded the Atoms for Peace Prize in 2013.

Recent presentations and speeches

"Contribution of nuclear power to the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions", IAEA Scientific Forum, 62nd IAEA General Conference, 18-19 September 2018.

"Harmony - the future of electricity", EU Strategy for Long-Term Emissions Reduction, 10-11 July 2018, Brussels. Watch a video.

60th anniversary of OECD-NEA, 19 April 2018.

"Nuclear power as a key to solving the 3Es trilemma", IAEA Nuclear Power in the 21st Century – International Ministerial Conference, 30 October - 1 November 2017. Watch a video.

"10 years of cooperation between MDEP and CORDEL", OECD-NEA Fourth MDEP Conference on New Reactor Design Activities, 12-13 September 2017.

"Nuclear growth towards the Harmony goal, providing reliable and clean electricity worldwide", Nuclear Africa 2017 conference, 29-31 March 2017.



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