IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Energy
Mikhail Chudakov joined the IAEA as Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Energy on 1 February 2015.
Until his appointment at the Agency, he has been serving as the Director of the Moscow Centre of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) since February 2007. .
Mr. Chudakov graduated from the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (MEPhI) in 1983. He then joined the Kalinin Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), where he took part in construction and commissioning work. Between 1983 and 1993, he worked in a variety of roles including Reactor Operator, Senior Reactor Operator, Senior Reactor Engineer, Control Room Superviser, Plant Stage Shift Superviser and Station Shift Superviser. From 1993 to 1995, he served as WANO Moscow Centre adviser and WANO adviser in London.
In 1995, he was assigned a managerial position in Russia’s Rosenergoatom nuclear utility and held a number of positions, including Deputy Director of the International Department, Deputy Director of the Production & Engineering Department, First Deputy Director of the Department for FOREM (Federal Wholesale Market for Electricity and Power) implementation. In April 1999, he was appointed Deputy Director General of Rosenergoatom and Director of Bilibino NPP.
Mr. Chudakov holds a Ph.D. degree in nuclear engineering.