Governance and Leadership

World Nuclear Association Members appoint the Director General and elect a Board of Management.

The World Nuclear Association's Director General is Sama Bilbao y León. The Chair of the Board is Philippe Knoche.

Our Board of Management fulfils all statutory duties pertaining to the organisation's governance, sets policies and strategic objectives acting on proposals from the Director General.

To ensure balance among the elected members of the Board, each of the three categories of institutional membership - supplier, generator and general - must be represented by at least two members. In addition, the Board has three distinguished honorary members.

To facilitate the Board's representation of the entire institutional membership, each Board member performs liaison with a certain portion of the membership in a way designed to give every member a direct channel to the Board. 

Board members act as Mentors for the various Working Groups. This enables the Board to monitor the activities of the Working Groups and to shape their overall agenda.

The Board convenes as required, normally at least twice a year, and Board members communicate regularly with the  secretariat.

The Board currently has two sub-committees: 

  •  The Governance & Nominations sub-committee deals with Director General and Senior Staff succession planning, and board nominations. It also maintains oversight on governance. The sub-committee reports directly to the Chair and comprises seven Board members serving a two-year term.
  •  The Audit and Finance sub-committee carries out a regular review of the financial health of the World Nuclear Association, monitors actual performance against forecast budget, assesses fee levels and guidelines, and holds in-depth dialogue with the appointed Auditor during the preparation of the annual accounts. This sub-committee reports directly to the Chairand comprises up to three members, serving up to two years from appointment. 

The Board of Management as of 25 May 2020 is shown below. 

Philippe Knoche Philippe Knoche
World Nuclear Association Chairman
Bohdan Zronek Bohdan Zronek
World Nuclear Association Vice Chairman
Member of The Board of the Directors, Chief Nuclear Officer
Junjing An Junjing An
General Manager
CGN-Uranium Resources Co.
George Borovas
Hunton Andrews Kurth


Tim Gitzel Tim Gitzel
President & CEO

Leonam dos Santos Guimarães
Bryan Hanson Bryan Hanson
Executive Vice President and Chief Generation Officer
Exelon Generation
Mingang Huang Mingang Huang
Chief Economic Officer
Kirill Komarov
Kirill Komarov
First Deputy Director General
Shigenori Makino Shigenori Makino
Chief Nuclear Officer, Member of Board Directors and Managing Executive Officer
Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc.
Takuma Nagase Takuma Nagase 
General Manager, Nuclear Fuel Department
Marubeni Corporation
Yok-shik Nam Yoh-shik Nam
Executive Vice President of Business Growth Division
Boris Schucht Boris Schucht
Chief Executive Officer
Johan Svenningsson Johan Svenningsson
Country Chairman
Uniper Sweden
Emmanuelle-Verger.jpg Emmanuelle Verger
Head of the Fuel Department


Jay Wileman Jay Wileman
President & CEO
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH)  
Liudmila Zalimskaya, DG, Techsnabexport Liudmila Zalimskaya
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Mingguang Zheng Mingguang Zheng
Senior Vice President



 Honorary Board Members

Hans Blix Hans Blix
Director General-Emeritus
International Atomic Energy Agency  
Gerald Grandey Gerald Grandey
Former CEO, Cameco
Chairman-Emeritus, World Nuclear Association



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Director General Sama Bilbao y León

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