WNA at Work

2014 Edition

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 WNA at Work 2014  Agneta Rising
   Agneta Rising, WNA Director General 

Over the course of my first year as Director General of the World Nuclear Association (WNA), I have focused my efforts on reshaping the organisation to meet the evolving needs of our members more effectively. I have implemented several key changes, with the full help and support of WNA Chairman Tim Gitzel and the Board, starting with an essential restructuring of the Secretariat to focus on our new core activities. With the creation of three priority areas – industry cooperation, strategic communication and information management – WNA now has a more targeted approach, with clear management goals and business plans. Together the staff and I have created a more accountable, business-minded WNA that offers better value to all its members.

This is only the beginning. In 2014 we are pursuing a broad range of external outreach projects, as WNA becomes an even stronger advocate for the nuclear industry. We have strengthened our ties with our sister nuclear industry bodies and started collaborative communication initiatives. We are reaching out to key energy policy stakeholders such as the International Energy Agency and the World Energy Council – representing the nuclear industry’s collective interests. We have revitalised the World Nuclear University (WNU) with new staff, a developed mandate and improved cooperation with our co-founding supporters – the International Atomic Energy Agency, the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency and the World Association of Nuclear Operators.

At the same time, we continue to improve the quality of member benefits such as networking and information sharing opportunities. Our conferences saw major improvements last year, with strong programmes and emphasis on innovation and interactivity. Our Working Groups, where joint positioning on industry matters is discussed among members, are further streamlined.

Even in these challenging times the nuclear industry is growing and there are many positive prospects around the world. This report will give you an overview of our achievements in the past year and an outlook on future projects. I encourage all members to make the best use of WNA and I look forward to a great year ahead.