Prof. Leo Rafael Reif
President of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Theoretical physicist, Vice-President of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Born 02 February 1935
Soviet and Russian theoretical physicist, academic, professor. Vice-President of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, the Russian Academy of Sciences. President of the Kurchatov Institute.
1971-1978 - Director of the Magnetic Field Laboratory at the Academy of Sciences of the USSR (since 1991 - State Science Center Troitsk Institute for Innovation and Thermonuclear Research); Former Director of the I. V. Kurchatov Institute of Atomic Energy;
1972 - Founder and Head of MIPT’s Subdepartment of Plasma Energetics, Department of Aerophysics and Space Research;
1975 - Head of the Controlled Thermonuclear Reactor Development Program;
1975 - 1976 - founded MIPT’s Department of Fundamental Physics and Energetics (FPE);
1976 - 1986 - Dean of the FPE Department;
1986 - Ph.D. adviser at the FPE Department;
1978 - 1991 - Vice-President of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR;
1991 - 1996 - Vice-President of the Russian Academy of Sciences;
1992 - present - President of the Russian Research Center Kurchatov Institute;
1989 - Foreign member of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences;
1992 - President of the Russian Company for Shelf Development (ZAO Rosshelf);
1993 - founded the Russian-American Joint Venture BDM to promote Russian patent and license marketing.
Scientific Secretary at the Russian Academy of Sciences, Subdivision of Information and Nanotechnologies, President of the Russian Research Center Kurchatov Institute, member of the Russian Pugwash Committee under the RAS Presidium, member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (Physics Subdivision), Russian Academy of Education, and NGO Academy for Security, Defence and Law Enforcement.
Since 2010 serves as a member of the Scientific Advisory Council at the Skolkovo Foundation.
Since 1973 - Research Lead in controlled nuclear fusion studies in the USSR. Founder of ITER, an international nuclear fusion research and engineering project (1977).
1992-2001 - D&D Council Chair at ITER.
Since 2006 - Russian Representative at the ITER International Board, 2010 - 2012 - ITER Council Chair.
Lead of Russian research as part of INPRO – International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles. Proposed and tested the new type of high-powered pulsed MHD generators, which were later used in deep refraction within the Earth’s crust.
Lead of scientific research of gas and industrial lasers, as well as unique inductive energy storage units, particularly the world’s largest energy complex TIN-900, designed to generate high-voltage currents and magnetic fields in nuclear fusion reactors.
Dirk Jan van den Berg
President of the Executive Board of Delft University of Technology
The President of Ecole polytechnique
President of ETH Zurich
Vice Presidency for Academic Affairs of EPFL
Chairman of NHS England
Scientific Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam
Executive Vice President Technology Schlumberger Limited
President of Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology