Sama Bilbao y León assumed the role of Director General of the World Nuclear Association in 2020. In the same year, she assumed the position of President of the World Nuclear University. Previously, Sama was Head of the Division of Nuclear Technology Development and Economics at the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency. She has also been the Director of Nuclear Engineering Programs and Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), a programme which she was key in creating and developing.
Sama Bilbao y León, President
Isis Leslie, Director
Isis Leslie was appointed Director of World Nuclear University in August 2021. In her role, Isis leads WNU’s strategic direction in its mission to provide world-leading nuclear training and development for a global network of organizations and educational institutions. Isis previously held the position of Programme Coordinator for WNU's Summer Institute between 2009 and 2014, and was also Staff Director for both the World Nuclear Association's Security Working Group as well as the Sustainable Used Fuel Management Working Group. Isis has a professional background in international nuclear security and non-proliferation, and has previously worked with nuclear research and safety institutions, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), World Institute of Nuclear Security (WINS), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), as a contractor for Tetra Tech. Read a Q&A with Isis.
Justine Singer-Kaufold, Training Manager
Justine Singer-Kaufold joined WNU as Training Manager in April 2021. Justine comes from a professional background in cybersecurity, where she spent five years coordinating communications for global programming and events. She has also worked for non-profit and USG organizations, including the Cyber Security Forum Initiative, the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the Centre for European Policy Studies, among others, in various digital outreach and communications-focused capacities.