Christer Viktorsson named Director General of FANR
Experienced Scandinavian makes the step up at UAE's nuclear watchdog.
Christer Viktorsson has been appointed as the new Director General of the UAE’s Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) from June 1, 2015.
Viktorsson, a Swedish/Finnish dual national is a nuclear physicist with more than 35 years of experience in nuclear regulation and safety, previously served at FANR as Deputy Director General of Operations for five years since its establishment in 2008 through 2013.
He graduated from Abo Academy University in Finland and spent his first 3 years after graduation in nuclear research at the University and radioisotope production for medical purposes.
Following wsix years at the Radiation Protection Authority in Sweden, he became in 1995 the Deputy Director General of the Swedish Nuclear Safety Authority where he spent 10 years regulating the nuclear industry.
He started his international carreer in 1987 when he was recruited to the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency in Paris for six years to set up an enhanced international cooperation in occupational radiation protection and emergency preparedness for nuclear accidents.
From 2005 to the end of 2008 he worked at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna where he was in charge of policy matters in the Department for Nuclear Safety and Security.