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.
Between 1983 and 1993, he worked in a variety of roles including Reactor Operator, Senior Reactor Operator, Senior Reactor Engineer, Control Room Supervisor, Plant Stage Shift Supervisor and Station Shift Supervisor at VVRR-1000 at Kalinin Nuclear Power Plant in Rosenergatom, Russia. From 1993 to 1995, he served as WANO Moscow Centre adviser and WANO adviser in London.
From 1995 to 1999 he held a number of senior positions in Russia’s Rosenergoatom nuclear utility. In April 1999, he was appointed Deputy Director General of Rosenergoatom and Director of Bilibino NPP.