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Igor Zhezhel

Head of design and exploration complex department, RusHydro

Igor I. Zhezhel is PJSC RusHydro’s head of design and exploration complex department. In 1988, he graduated from the faculty of mechanical engineering of the higher technical institution at the Krasnoyarsk Polytechnic Institute, and qualified as a mechanical engineer. He started his career in 1983 at the Krasnoyarsk Machine-Building Plant. 

Igor has substantial experience in senior positions in a number of organisations including hydropower industry enterprises OJSC Taimyrenergo, CJSC Boguchanskaya HPP, and PJSC Federal Hydrogeneration Company RusHydro.  

Igor joined PJSC RusHydro in August 2012. His direct responsibilities include the management of design and exploration activities of the company’s project institutes. He also supervises and controls the supply of design specifications and estimates on each stage of the company’s new construction projects' design, integrated modification, technical re-equipment and reconstruction.    

With Igor’s direct participation, the construction and commissioning  of the Kureiskaya, Boguchanskaya, Bureiskaya and Gotsatlinskaya hydropower projects were successfully completed. The construction and preparation for commissioning of a number of projects located in the North Caucasus region, including Zelenchukskaya pumped storage project and Zaragizhskaya small hydropower plant, are currently in their final stages.

Igor was co-opted to the IHA Board in January 2016. 

Hydropower development

Junior Analyst

Samuel joined the hydropower development work programme in July 2018. His work focuses on building and sharing knowledge on sustainable hydropower development, working on topics such as clean energy systems, green financing mechanisms and regional hydropower development.

Samuel holds a master’s degree in environmental technology from Imperial College London and has a technical background in environmental engineering. Prior to joining IHA, he completed an internship with the United Nations in Bangkok. At the UN, he conducted research on Sustainable Development Goals, integrated resource management and collaborative governance, as well as supported project implementation and organised international conferences. He also has experience as a business intelligence analyst in London, where he conducted research on market dynamics and investment trends across industries.

Hydropower development

Knowledge Building Intern 

Claire joined the hydropower development work programme in January 2019. Her work focuses on building and sharing knowledge on sustainable hydropower development, working on topics such as climate resilience, sediment management and river basin development.

Claire holds a master’s degree in Water Science, Policy and Management from the University of Oxford. Her academic research background focussed on climate modelling and disaster risk management. Claire also has experience in storm water and sediment monitoring within the Lake Victoria Basin having worked as a hydrologist in Kampala, Uganda.


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