WNA’s Sama Bilbao y Leon ‘an advocate of current and future nuclear technology’
The 2023 International Nuclear Societies Council (INSC) global award has been won by Dr Sama Bilbao y Leon, director-general of the London-based World Nuclear Association (WNA), a statement by the INSC said.
Bilbao y Leon was proposed by the European Nuclear Society and won in a competition among three candidates, said the statement.
The INSC global award is given to nuclear professionals who have contributed to the development of nuclear innovation and technology and the expansion of peaceful uses of nuclear energy internationally.
The award committee said Bilbao y Leon will receive the award for her outstanding leadership, achievements and important contributions to the progress in nuclear safety technology and peaceful use of nuclear energy; including her competence, expertise, and ability as an advocate of current and future nuclear technology
The award will be presented to Bilbao y Leon during an INSC meeting in Vienna on 26 and 27 September 2023.
The INSC, a global forum for nuclear societies, was set up in 1990 and has a membership of more than 120,000 nuclear science and engineering professionals in 38 national and regional nuclear societies.
Dr Sama Bilbao y Leon has been at the helm of the WNA since October 2020. Previously she held positions at the Paris-based OECD Nuclear Energy Agency and the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency.