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Our Structure


WANO consists of a Governing Board, a central office in London and regional centres in Atlanta, Moscow, Paris and Tokyo, each with their own regional Governing Boards. Policy is set by the Governing Board and all policies and programmes are implemented by the WANO London office and the regional centres.

WANO organisational chart

Governing Boards

WANO’s Governing Board is accountable to the members for the association’s overall direction and success. To promote direct engagement of members at a high level, the Governing Board includes three members from each regional centre in addition to the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Each regional Governing Board Chairman is automatically a WANO Governing Board member and the regional Governing Boards each nominate two additional candidates from their region, one of whom is expected to be the chief executive that represents the area’s largest or most influential member.

WANO’s Chairman is elected by the Governing Board for a four-year term and can serve for no more than four consecutive years, unless the Board decides otherwise.

WANO Chairman

Tom Mitchell

Tom MitchellTom has over 40 years of nuclear energy leadership experience. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of FirstEnergy Corporation and is Chair of the Board’s Nuclear Committee and a member of the Governance Committee.

He is the retired President, CEO, and Director of Ontario Power Generation in Canada. In that role, and as Chief Nuclear Officer, Tom was directly responsible for the safe, reliable, and cost-effective operation of 10 CANDU-design nuclear units with 6600 MW of capacity.  Prior to this Tom was the senior site vice president of the 4 CANDU unit Pickering B station.

While at OPG, Tom oversaw the successful completion of several new hydroelectric projects, the transition from coal-fired power generation, and a major business transformation of the company’s size and cost structure.

Prior to his OPG experience, Tom had roles of increasing responsibility at Philadelphia Electric Company’s (now Exelon) Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania USA culminating in his appointment as Site Vice President.

Tom was Vice President of International Programs and Assistance at INPO and served as Deputy Director of the WANO Atlanta Centre. While at OPG, Tom was a member of the Atlanta Centre Governing Board and its Chair from 2012 to 2015.

Tom has served on the Board of the US Electric Power Research Institute and was a member of the Leadership and Compensation Committee. He also has served on the Board of the US Nuclear Energy Institute and was Chair of the WANO Post-Fukushima Commission.

Tom has an undergraduate degree in nuclear engineering from Cornell University, a master degree in mechanical engineering from George Washington University, and an honorary doctorate degree from University of Ontario Institute of Technology.
WANO President

His Excellency Mohamed Al Hammadi 


His Excellency Mohamed Al Hammadi is Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC).

Since 2008, Mohamed Al Hammadi has led the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) in successfully delivering the UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Programme, focusing on the implementation of the highest national regulations and international standards of safety, security, quality, transparency and non-proliferation.

Al Hammadi leads the organisation in powering the future growth of the UAE through the safe and efficient deployment of the Barakah nuclear energy plant. Barakah is the first nuclear plant in the UAE and the Arab World and is the region’s single largest electricity generator; it contributes significantly to the UAE’s 2050 net zero initiative.

Al Hammadi directs the implementation of ENEC’s nuclear energy research and development programme, exploring opportunities for the future, such as Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) and the production of clean hydrogen. 

In 2022, Al Hammadi was elected as President of WANO. He is also a board member of the World Nuclear Association (WNA) and SMR developer Terrapower. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (USA), the International Council on Large Electric Systems, and the Engineers Association of the UAE. 
Atlanta Centre Governors

Chairman: Jeffrey Lyash, CEO of Tennessee Valley Authority

Appointed by the Board of Directors in February 2019, Lyash leads the nation’s
largest public utility in its mission of serving the people of the Tennessee Valley to make life better.

Before coming to TVA, Lyash served since 2015 as president and CEO of Ontario Power Generation Inc., one of the largest electric generating companies in Canada. Lyash was previously the president of CB&I Power and before that served as executive vice president of Energy Supply for Duke Energy.

Lyash began his career in the utility industry in 1981 and worked for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and received the NRC Meritorious Service Award in 1987.

Lyash earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Drexel University, and was honored with the Drexel University Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2009.
 

Governor: Robert F. Willard, President and CEO, Institute of Nuclear Power Operations

Governor: Cosmin Ghita, Chief Executive Officer of Centrala Nuclearelectrica Cernavoda

Moscow Centre Governors

Chairman: TBC


Governor: Andrey Petrov, Director General, JSC Concern Rosenergoatom

Governor: Mr Zhang Yi, General Manager of Jiangsu Nuclear Power Corporation 

Paris Centre Governors

Chairman: Johan Svenningsson, CEO and Country Chairman of Uniper Sweden 


Johan Svenningsson serves as CEO and Country Chairman of Uniper Sweden since 2015. He holds the positions of CEO, COO, Chairman, Deputy Chairman and member of Boards of Directors across major Swedish energy and nuclear power groups and plants, including Sydkraft AB (Nuclear, Hydro-power and Thermal-power sections), the Swedish Nuclear Waste Management Company, and the Oskarshamn, Barsebäck, Ringhals and Forsmark nuclear power plants. He also is Governor in the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) as well as a board member in the World Nuclear Association (WNA).

Johan was previously CEO of OKG AB, deputy CEO at the Swedish Technical Research Institute AB, and he held different management positions within Westinghouse and ABB Nuclear and Pharmadule Emtunga. He also is a member of the Boards of Directors of the Swedish Energy Industry Employer Association. Johan holds an MSc in Mechanical Engineering (Chalmers Institute of Technology, Sweden).

Governor: Cedric Lewandowski, Group Senior Executive Vice President, Nuclear and Thermal, of EDF

Governor: Carlo Wolters, CEO of N.V. EPZ
Tokyo Centre Governors

Chairman: Yutaka Kanai, Representative Director & President, Hokuriku Electric Power Company 

Mr Kanai has 43 years’ experience working in the power generation industry, with 38 years in the nuclear sector. 

He has experienced nuclear power operations from new site construction, operations, maintenance, outage management, plant management as a Chief Nuclear Officer and corporate management as a CEO.  

Mr Kanai has been involved in WANO Tokyo Centre activity for nine years as a governor and participated in many WANO conferences. He also serves as a Vice Chairman of the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan (FEPC). 
 
 


Governor: Kazuhiro Ikebe, President & Chief Executive Officer of Kyushu Electric Power Co., Inc.
 

Governor: Mr MA Mingze, President of China National Nuclear Power Co., Ltd. (CNNP). 

Executive Leadership Team

Executive Leadership Team WANO’s CEO is based in London with Directors in each of the four regional centres. Together, they make up the Executive Leadership Team, which is responsible for the day-to-day operation of WANO.

WANO Chief Executive Officer

Ingemar Engkvist

Peter ProzeskyIngemar Engkvist took up his position as WANO Chief Execuive Officer (CEO) on 1 January 2020.

Before his current role, Ingemar was Director of WANO Paris Centre for nearly four years, where he oversaw the overall strategy and day to day operations for the Centre.

Previously, he was Managing Director for E.ON Nuclear Sweden (E.ON Kärnkraft Sverige AB, EKS)  2010-2015. He was also the Managing Director of OKG AB from 2011-2012 and the Senior Vice President of E.ON Kärnkraft Sverige AB from 2007-2010. He has been on the board of all nuclear companies in Sweden and chairman of OKG AB.
 
Atlanta Centre Director

Robert (Bob) A. Gambrill

Russ BrianBob Gambrill serves as Director of WANO Atlanta Centre and Vice President, International, for the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO). He assumed both positions in September 2020. 

INPO is an independent, non-profit organisation with a mission to promote the highest levels of safety and reliability in the operation of commercial nuclear power plants. He joined INPO in 2003 and was elected vice president of Industry Trends & Organisation Learning in 2016. 

From August 2019 until July 2020, Mr. Gambrill participated in an on-loan assignment at Ontario Power Generation, where he served as vice president of Fleet Operations, Maintenance and Radiation Safety. 

Prior to joining INPO, Mr Gambrill held several management positions in design engineering and component engineering at the Palisades nuclear plant and as a project manager at the Calvert Cliffs nuclear plant. He also served in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant in a Special Boat Unit. 

Mr Gambrill received a bachelor’s of science degree in chemistry from the United States Naval Academy.

 
Moscow Centre Director

Vasily Aksenov

Vasily AksenovMr Aksenov was named Director of the Moscow Centre in February 2015. After graduating from the Moscow Power Engineering Institute in 1981, Mr Aksenov joined the Kalinin NPP branch of Concern Rosenergoatom in 1996, where he was a Chief Engineer until 2005. He then went on to become the Deputy Director General of Concern Rosenergoatom at Kalinin NPP until 2007.

In 2007, he graduated from Saint-Petersburg State Polytechnic University, majoring in Organisation Management. In the same year, he became the Deputy of Technical Director on new power units of Federal State Unitary Enterprise for Concern Rosenergoatom NPPs.

In 2008 until early 2015, he was the First Deputy of the General Director – Chief Engineer of JSC Atomenergoremont of Rosatom State Corporation. He has also been a Candidate of Technical Sciences since 1999.
Paris Centre Director

Luis Soriano Martínez


Ingemar EngkvistLuis Soriano Martínez took up his position as Paris Centre Director on 1 January 2020.
 
Since 1982, Luis has worked in the nuclear industry starting with the commissioning of the Grohnde and Trillo Plants and then running the Chemical Radiological Protection, Fire Protection and Energy Planning departments at the Trillo site. After that period, he was responsible for Corporate Safety, Licensing and Environmental affairs until 1999 when he was appointed Engineering and Special Projects Manager of the merged Trillo and Almaraz Plants (CNAT).
 
He was the Technical Services Director of CNAT with responsibilities for Engineering, Fuel, Safety and Licensing, and Environment.

He has broad international experience of the nuclear industry; amongst that cooperation together with VGB in Germany, Pressurised Water Reactor Owners Group, WANO, EURATOM and IAEA.
Tokyo Centre Director

Naoki Chigusa

Naoki ChigusaDr Naoki Chigusa was appointed WANO Tokyo Centre Director, effective from 1 July 2014.

Dr Chigusa has had a distinguished career as an engineer, a professor and a strategist. He is internationally recognised for his contribution to the nuclear operations, maintenance and engineering including the material degradation issues, safety culture, reliability engineering for complex systems and code and standard for nuclear power systems. This has also included being involved in the foundation of WANO from 1987-1989.

Dr Chigusa received a Bachelors and Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Kyoto University and a PHD in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Tokyo.