Rosatom's representatives took part in the 67th session of the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which was held in Vienna (Austria) from September 25 to September 29, 2023.
During the third day of the session, an online event “Collective Leadership in the Nuclear Industry: Women Anticipating the Trend” was held. Influential representatives of non-profit organizations and businesses from different countries discussed the new model of leadership, which is led by a group rather than an individual, as well as the achievements of women in the nuclear industry along this path. The event was held in partnership with the International Council for Support and Development of Women in Science and Technology, created by the Association of Women in Nuclear Industry of Russia.
The discussion was moderated by Alina Kuznetsova, co-chair of the International Cooperation Committee of the Women in Nuclear Foundation, secretary of the International Council for Support and Development of Women in Science and Technology.
The following persons took part in the interactive session: Alexandra Ryabykh, Co-Founder of the Women in Nuclear Foundation; Geni Rina Sunaryo, Head of HIMNI Women's Capacity Development Department (Indonesia); Bahire Gül Göktepe, Director of NUTEK Energy Consulting, Technology and Industry Inc., President of Women in Nuclear Turkey; Princess Mthombeni, Founder of the Africa4Nuclear Foundation (South Africa); Marine Hakobyan, Leading Engineer of the Armenian Nuclear Power Plant; Olivia Limpe-Aw, President of the Philippine Archipelago International Trading Corporation; Minu Singh, Managing Director of Nuvia India Private Limited (India) and Najoua KAMOUN, Professor at the University of Tunis El Manar.
Yulia Uzhakina, Director General of the ANO Rosatom Corporate Academy, gave her welcome address to the participants. She noted that Rosatom paid special attention to maintaining gender balance in the industry, expanding efforts to support women in advancing their careers. Now, 32% of the State Corporation’s employees are representatives of the fair sex, which is already significantly higher than the global indicators. However, Rosatom is committed to increasing the representation of women in the nuclear industry and is constantly working to create attractive working conditions for its employees.
Yulia Uzhakina also emphasized that Rosatom had created a sustainable system of education and career support, starting with specialized high schools with in-depth study of natural science subjects and international mentoring sessions for female students who were at the beginning of their path to engineering specialties. The International Council for Support and Development of Women in Science and Technology Another is another recently opened direction where collective leadership works fruitfully.
“Women-focused professional networks and communities have become a crucial resource for career development, success, and overcoming the challenges women face in the workplace. The accumulated experience of the Rosatom Women's Community which we have developed since 2018, and programs for working with women experts from the nuclear industry allow us to replicate practices in other high-tech industries and even countries, as well as to create new formats for the development of women’s professional potential, one of which is the cooperation with international organizations in the field of technology and innovation”, noted Alexandra Ryabykh in her speech.
During the session, the event participants discussed cases of the International Council, analyzed the effective integration of collective leadership methods and approaches, assessed collective leadership training and noted its impact on safety and organizational culture, as well as shared their plans for the future.