Faculty Biographies

Al Qaradawi IlhamAL QARADAWI Ilham 

Dr. Ilham Al-Qaradawi is currently associate professor of nuclear physics at Qatar University. She received her Ph.D. in Positron Physics from University of London, UK in 1991.

Since her return she has worked hard on establishing the positron technique at Qatar University and eventually built the first variable energy slow positron beam in the Middle East. She now runs an established positron lab. and organized and chaired an international conference on slow positron beams in 2005.

Dr. Ilham Al-Qaradawi has been awarded the Qatar University award for excellence in research for 2004 and was honored by the Arab World institute in Paris in 2005.

She is involved in many research projects and collaborations on local, regional and international levels.

She is a very enthusiastic physicist and a keen educator who is always working to raise the standards of science awareness and teaching particularly in physics. She initiated a year long celebration of the World Year of Physics in 2005 through a series of events and activities that involved schools and universities. She is the founder of the Qatar Physics Society; through which she regularly holds training workshops for physics teachers and other activities in an effort to spread physics knowledge and improve physics education.


Baali AbdallahBAALI Abdallah 

Ambassador  Baali is currently Algerian Ambassador at large  for political and security affairs and Special Envoy for the Algerian Government.

Ambassador Abdallah Baali has been a career diplomat for 30 years.He held many high positions in the Algerian diplomacy.After serving for 7 years as Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Algeria to the UN in  the eighties,he was appointed Adviser to the Minister and later as Spokesman for the Ministry before serving as Ambassador to Indonesia,Australia and New Zealand from 1992 to 1996.

From 1996 to 2006 he was the Permanent Representative of Algeria to the UN. In this capacity,he was twice President of the UNGA, member of the Security Council [2004-2005] and President of the UN Security Council in December 2004 and Vice President of the SC Counter Terrorism Commitee.He attended  UN,Arab,Islamic,African and G77 Conferences and Summits all around the world.

Besides leading algerian delegations to various meetings and conferences dealing with nuclear proliferation and disarmament[1st Commitee,CTBT,NPT..],he served as President of the 6th NPT Review Conference which, among other things ,adopted the famous 13 steps on nuclear disarmament and proliferation.

Ambassador  Baali has given many lectures , in particular at Princeton,Fordham,Wilton Park, the Council on Foreign Relations of New York,UNIDIR,the IAEA,le Centre d'etudes strategiques  de Paris et l'Institut diplomatique et des Relations internationales d'Alger.

He is 53,married with 2 children.


Barre BertrandBARRE Bertrand 

Bertrand Barré is Scientific Advisor to the Chairperson of the AREVA group, and Professor Emeritus of nuclear engineering at the Institut National des Sciences et Techniques Nucléaires, INSTN.

Born in December 1942 (the same month as CP1 !), B. Barré joined the French Atomic Energy commission, CEA, in 1967 and has been working ever since, both in France and abroad, for the development of Nuclear Power.

Alternating scientific and managerial positions, Mr Barré was notably Nuclear Attaché near the French Embassy in Washington (USA), Director of Engineering in TECHNICATOME (now AREVA-TA), Director of the Nuclear Reactor Directorate of the CEA and Vice-president in charge of R&D in COGEMA (now AREVA-NC).

Bertrand Barré is Past President of the European Nuclear Society (ENS) and of the International Nuclear Societies Council (INSC), and Chairman of the International Nuclear Energy Academy (INEA) . www.bertrandbarre.com 


BERNARD Patrice 

Bernard Patrice 

Since May 2008, Patrice Bernard is Director in charge of GNEP, at the French Atomic Energy Commission CEA/DRI.

His former position was Executive Deputy Director of AREVA NC Recycling Business Unit from April 2005 to April 2008.

The first part of Patrice Bernard’s career was dedicated to the industrial "francization" of the PWR technology. His activity was then extended to the fuel cycle, with particular responsibility for the development and industrial implementation of nuclear process control for the La Hague reprocessing plants, subsequently transferred for the Rokkasho-Mura plant in Japan. From 1993 to 1997, he was in charge of the CEA Department of Waste Storage and Disposal. In 1998, as Director of the ‘1991 Law’ Program, he was responsible for directing all CEA research in this area and for reporting to the Public Authorities and the National Assessment Committee.

From 2001 to the start of 2005, CEA Director of Nuclear Development and Innovation, he had particular responsibility for the development of 4th generation nuclear energy systems (reactors and fuel cycle), and research into management of high activity long-life waste (1991 Bataille law).

He was the French representative in the IAEA international Expert Group for Multilateral Nuclear Approaches to the Fuel Cycle, created in 2004 by the Director General, Mr. ElBaradei. Patrice Bernard is graduated from the French Ecole Centrale de Paris and has a PhD. in Reactor Physics.



Ann Stouffer Bisconti is President of Bisconti Research, Inc., a public opinion and communications research company. She provides research and communications advice to many companies and organizations in the U.S. and abroad.

From 1983 until 1996, Dr. Bisconti was a vice president with Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), where she established one of the most comprehensive research programs ever undertaken by an industry on challenging social issues. Her company continues to conduct NEI’s public opinion and communications research under contract and serves many other clients in energy and other fields.

Dr. Bisconti attended Harvard University, McGill University, and The Union Institute, from which she received her Ph.D. in Social Science Research in 1977. She is listed in Who’s Who in America. Dr. Bisconti served two terms on the Board of Directors of the American Nuclear Society (ANS). She is the author of five books and many other publications.



Jacques Bouchard is Special Adviser to the Chairman of the CEA. In 2006, he was appointed Chairman of the Generation IV International Forum (GIF) for 3 years.

Born in 1939, Jacques Bouchard holds an engineering degree from the "Ecole Centrale de Paris", and specialized in reactor physics.

Mr. Bouchard joined the CEA in 1964 and became Head of the Experimental Physics unit in 1973, then head of the Nuclear Engineering Department in 1975. In that capacity, the work he conducted was mainly in support of pressurized water reactor technology, and he also led studies in physics for fuel cycle applications.

In 1982, he became head of the Fast Neutron Reactor Department in Cadarache. In 1990, he was appointed head of the CEA's Nuclear Reactor Division, then, from 1994 to 2000, he became the Director of CEA’s military application division. From 2000 to 2004, he was in charge of the entire nuclear energy sector in CEA. Since 2005, he is Special Adviser to the Chairman of the CEA.

Jacques Bouchard was also the President of the French Nuclear Energy Society from 2001 to 2003 and professor at the reknown "Ecole des Mines de Paris". He has serve on the board of directors of several companies working in the nuclear field, and he is member of many advisory committees to national and international nuclear organizations.


BROWN GilbertBROWN Gilbert 

Dr. Gilbert J. Brown is Professor and Coordinator of the Nuclear Engineering Program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. During summers and sabbatical he worked in IAEA safeguards training, at MIT as visiting professor, and at Argonne and Brookhaven National Laboratories, at Seabrook and other nuclear companies, and as a mentor at the WNU Summer Institute. Dr. Brown has one patent and over 50 publications in safety, materials, and fast reactors. He was a contributor to the OECD study “Nuclear Education and Training: Cause for Concern.”

Dr. Brown is a member of the National Nuclear Accreditation Board, the accrediting agency for U.S. nuclear utility training and serves on the Board of Directors of ABET, which accredits academic programs around the world..

Dr. Brown is a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society and served two terms on the Board of Directors and as chair of the Education Division. He chaired the Nuclear Engineering Department Heads Organization. He is a member of the American Society of Engineering Educators and the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society.

Dr Brown has a Doctorate in Nuclear Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Physics from Cornell University.



Dr. Robert J. Budnitz is currently on the staff of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (University of California), where he works primarily on the safety and security of nuclear installations. Throughout his career, his work has focused on the safety of nuclear power reactors, with an emphasis on systems analysis and Probabilistic Safety Analysis, and a special concentration on assuring safety following large earthquakes. His work has also encompassed radioactive-waste management, and environmental effects of nuclear-power production. Since 1991, he has worked on many projects aimed at upgrading the safety of reactors designed in the former Soviet Union. He recently worked for two years (2002 - 2004) on the Yucca Mountain Project on a special "detail" assignment to the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. and then at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (2004 - 2007) on nuclear safety.

Budnitz is a former Director of Research at the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission and a former Associate Director for Energy & Environment at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. From 1981 to 2002, he had his own consulting practice in Berkeley, CA. He has served on many national and international review and safety committees, and chaired several of them. Dr. Budnitz holds a Ph.D. in physics (Harvard), and a B.A. in physics (Yale).



In his position as Director General, Office of Energy Research and Development (OERD), Mr. Campbell is responsible for Natural Resources Canada’s energy S&T programs which provide the strategic direction and funding for interdepartmental research and development in technologies related to energy supply, conversion and end-use.

Programs managed by OERD include: the Program on Energy R&D (PERD), the Climate Change Technology and Innovation Program (2003-2008), and the ecoENERGY Technology Initiative (ecoETI, 2008-2011).

He is the co-chair with Alberta of the federal-provincial-territorial Energy Technology Working Group convened under the auspices of the Council of Energy Ministers. The ETWG’s role is to identify priorities for energy technology development across Canada and to build partnerships to accelerate the availability of new energy technologies.

Graham chairs the International Energy Agency’s Committee on Energy Research and Technology (CERT), which plans and coordinates the IEA’s program of R&D in a wide range of energy technologies. He has recently been appointed as a Co-Chair of the International Partnership for the Hydrogen Economy (IPHE).

Mr. Campbell is a graduate of the University of Waterloo (Physics) and the University of British Columbia (Metal Physics) and is a member of the Association of Petroleum Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA).



Currently member of the Safety Board for Mohovce 3&4 safety improvements 2007-8.

At IAEA, Ms. Annick Carnino was Director of the Division of Nuclear Installation Safety responsible for managing and promoting safety in nuclear installations through development of safety documents, conducting safety assessments, collection and dissemination of information on safe operational practices, the nuclear safety convention and the provision of peer review safety services.

As Head of the Safety Standards and Co-ordination Section, Ms. Carnino’s activities were safety standards development, management of International Nuclear Safety Advisory Group. In 1990, Ms. Carnino participated in the IAEA International Chernobyl Project as task leader and in the design and operation safety review missions on Soviet designed reactors.

While at the Electricité de France’ s Direction Générale, Ms. Carnino’s worked on safety and security of EDF nuclear installations,PSA management, event investigations in the field, internal audits and inspections, development of safety culture and human factors. Previously, at the French Atomic Energy Commission, Ms. Carnino performed safety experiments on the Cabri reactor.

Ms. Carnino is a “Fellow” of the American Nuclear Society and was awarded the Tommy Thompson award for her “outstanding contributions in the areas of reliability design, analysis, human factors, probabilistic safety assessment and development of safety culture, as well as for her leadership in improving the safety of nuclear installations worldwide, especially in developing countries and in eastern Europe”. Ms. Carnino is author of a book entitled “Catastrophe?… Non merci!” (Paris,1989) also published in English under the title “Man and Risk” (New York,1990).


DELATTRE DominiqueDELATTRE Dominique 

Dominique Delattre started his career as civil Engineer in the construction of NPPs. He moved in 1982 to the regulatory control of nuclear installations in Normandie, France where he was in charge of the control of the construction, commissioning and operation of NPPs, reprocessing plants, waste storage and disposal facilities, accelerators and ionizators.

In 1988 he moved as head of regional office for the regulatory control of highly hazardous conventional facilities (refineries, paper production facilities, fuel storage, oxygen production facilities…).Back in 1992 at the Nuclear Safety Authorities headquarter he was deputy head of the department on the safety of radioactive waste management, decommissioning and nuclear fuel cycle facilities.

He arrived at the IAEA in 1998 as coordinator of the waste safety standards programme, become head of the regulatory activities section where he set up the IRRS. He is now head of the Safety Standards and Application Unit as well as scientific secretary of the Commission on Safety Standards.



Romney Duffey is presently Principal Scientist with AECL (Canada) responsible for strategic directions for reactor technology development. He has contributed in multiple areas, on advanced energy systems design and reactor concepts, on energy, environment and waste, and on safety, risk, simulation, physical modeling and uncertainty analysis. Romney is the co-author of original texts on risk and errors in technology (“Know the Risk”, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2002, and “Managing Risk”, Wiley, 2008), and of a new ASME textbook on supercritical heat transfer in power engineering, and has published over 200 technical papers and reports, plus some published and unpublished poetry. His world-wide experiences include working on international collaborative research projects, activities as an Expert with the Generation IV International forum, and extensively lecturing and presenting the role of nuclear and hydrogen energy in today’s world. He is the past Chair of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Nuclear Engineering Division, an active Member of the American, British and Canadian Nuclear Societies, and was elected a Fellow of ASME for his exceptional engineering achievements and contributions to the engineering profession.

Romney Duffey worked first in Europe, after obtaining his degrees in Physics/Geophysics, and then in North America. He is happily married, with two children and many grandchildren in the USA.



Luis Echávarri was appointed Director-General of the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in 1997, a position he holds at the present time.

Mr. Echávarri was born in 1949 in Bilbao, Spain. He obtained Masters Degrees from the Superior Technical School of Industrial Engineering of Bilbao University and from the Faculty of Information Sciences of the Complutensis University of Madrid. He obtained a post-graduate degree in Management from the Industrial Organization School of Madrid, and is a Fellow of the College of Industrial Engineers of Madrid.

Mr. Echávarri began his career as an engineer in Bilbao and in 1975 joined Westinghouse Electric in Madrid. He went on to become Project Manager of the Lemoniz, Sayago and Almaraz nuclear power plants, for Westinghouse, in Spain. In 1985 he became Technical Director of the Spanish Nuclear Safety Council. He was named Commissioner of the CSN in 1987, a position which requires the approval of the Spanish Parliament.

In July 1995, Mr. Echávarri became Director-General of the Spanish Nuclear Industry Forum, a post held until July 1997.

Mr. Echávarri represents the OECD/NEA at the Governing Board of the International Energy Agency since 1997 and he became a member of the IAEA’s INSAG in 2003.


EUN YoungEUN Young 

Mr. Eun has been involved in nuclear regulation, particularly in the field of NPP regulation, during his 20 years of service with the Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety (KINS) which is a regulatory technical expert organization operating as part of nuclear regulatory system of the Korean Government. He served as President of KINS from 2002 to 2005 and was a member of the Korean Nuclear Safety Commission from 2003 to 2006.

Mr. Eun received a BS Degree in nuclear engineering from Seoul National University in 1973, and a MS degree followed by a PhD in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan in 1983.

For more than twenty years of his professional career in nuclear regulation, Mr. Eun has also been actively involved in many IAEA programs to achieve nuclear safety worldwide. He has served as a member of the International Nuclear Safety Group (INSAG) of the IAEA from 1999 to 2002, and a member of the Commission on Safety Standards (CSS) from 2003 to 2007. He chaired a Country Group Session of the First Review Meeting of the Convention on Nuclear Safety (CNS) in 1999 and also for the Second Review Meeting in 2002. He served as Vice President of the Third Review Meeting of the CNS in 2005. He also served as Vice President of the Second Review Meeting of the Joint Convention in 2006.

He is now a visiting professor at Dongguk University, since September 2005, teaching Technology and Society for undergraduate students.


FINCK PhillipFINCK Phillip 

Phillip J. Finck is associate laboratory director for Nuclear Programs at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). Dr. Finck is an internationally recognized expert in advanced reactor and fuel cycle systems.

Dr. Finck received his doctorate in nuclear engineering at MIT in 1982, and earned an MBA from the University of Chicago. From 1983 to 1986 he was a mechanical engineer at France’s Novatome, involved in the safety and design of fast reactors. In 1986, Dr. Finck joined the staff at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) in neutronics methods development for the Integral Fast Reactor concept, and later worked on the New Production Reactor. In 1991, he became the lead for neutronics analyses for Experimental Breeder Reactor-II.

In 1993, he joined the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), where he was head of the Reactor Physics Laboratory at the Cadarache Center,. In 1995, he was elected to chair the European nuclear data project. In 1997, he again joined ANL, where he was associate director of the Technology Development Division. He has led Argonne activities in the Advanced Accelerator Applications program since 2000, and has been heavily involved in transforming the program from accelerator-based to reactor-based transmutation.

In 2003, he was named deputy associate laboratory director for Engineering Research and in 2006 he became associate laboratory director for Applied Science and Technology, where he was responsible for coordination of all nuclear energy-related activities at ANL. Dr. Finck is a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society.



Pr. Andrei Gagarinski is adviser to the Director and Deputy Director of the Innovative Energy Institute at the Russian Kurchatov Institute research centre. Born in 1939, Andrei Gagarinski graduated from the Moscow Engineering and Physics Institute in 1962. Since then till today he works in the Kurchatov Institute Russian Research Centre which is the largest nuclear research centre of Russia.

Professor, Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Andrei Gagarinski is the author of several monographs and of over 100 scientific articles in the field of experimental nuclear reactor physics, nuclear criticality safety, pressurized water reactors, innovative technologies for nuclear fuel cycles and nuclear power, system energy research.

He is one of the founders of the USSR Nuclear Society, and Vice-President of the Nuclear Society of Russia for nearly 20 years.

He is Editor-in-Chief of "Issues of nuclear science and engineering. Nuclear reactor physics" journal (in Russian) as well as member of editorial boards of several other journals like "Atomnaya Energiya" (Russia), "Nukleonika" (Poland) and "International Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology" (IJNST).

Andrei Gagarinski bearer of the Order of Courage of the Russian Federation for participation in liquidating the Chernobyl accident consequences.



Bill Garland is Professor of Nuclear Engineering in the Department of Engineering Physics at McMaster University (Ontario, Canada) specializing in reactor physics and thermalhydraulics. Since 2000, he has been Academic Director of CANTEACH, the public on-line library for technical information on CANDU reactors and from 2004 to 2006 he served as Program Director of UNENE (University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering) and is currently serving as its Executive Director. He served as Department Chair from 1988 to 1994 and was Director of MNR (McMaster Nuclear Reactor) where he is took a lead role in MNR safety analysis and operational support analysis.

From 1975 to 1983, he worked in the Canadian Nuclear Industry specializing in CANDU heat transport system analysis and design (Darlington and CANDU 6).

While on research leave at Harwell Nuclear Labs in England, Bill conducted knowledge engineering for heat exchanger selection and developed a heat exchanger selection computer code which is now a commercial product distributed through the international company HTFS. In addition, computerized water property functions developed at McMaster are in use in about 13 countries by over 120 users in 51 institutions and major engineering firms worldwide.

William J. Garland, P. Eng. (B. Eng. Phy. 1970, M. Eng. Phy., 1971, Ph.D. Chem. Eng. 1975, McMaster University, Canada)



Following completion of an engineering degree at Cambridge University the first part of his career was in the automotive industry working in Europe and the US. In 1991, he joined Nuclear Electric plc. as part of the privatisation team focusing initially on unscrambling the nuclear liabilities and privatising a wholly nuclear operator. In 1996, the businesses of NE and Scottish Nuclear were merged to form British Energy and following the IPO he launched implementation of Indus Passport. In 1998, he joined Robin Jeffrey and Duncan Hawthorne in Toronto from where they acquired the Bruce nuclear units and together with Exelon as AmerGen, Clinton, TMI and Oyster Creek. From Canada he returned with Robin Jeffrey to the UK to tackle declining performance. In 2002 he attended the INPO Senior Nuclear Executive course at MIT and became the UK WANO Paris Centre board representative. He remained with BE as managing director of the UK nuclear operations and main board member during the financial crisis of 2003 and through subsequent senior management changes. He then joined ENEL at the point where it was about to rejoin the nuclear community through the acquisition of Slovenske Elektrarne in Slovakia.

Since then, he has helped ENEL to establish a nuclear competence, rejoining WANO, NEA and INPO. Today ENEL has built a new, very young team of some 100 nuclear engineers based from Rome in addition to its nuclear staff in Slovakia and through Endesa, Spanish nuclear operations.

Today, the focus is on construction completion of the two half built units at Mochovce, participation in the Flamanville EPR, competence development and nuclear process improvement as well as continuing to look at further nuclear opportunities at Cernavoda (Romania), Belene (Bulgaria) and in Russia.



Dr. Abel Julio GONZÁLEZ is an international expert on radiation protection and safety. He is currently Member of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation, Commissioner of the International Commission on Radiological Protection, Member of the Commission of Safety Standards of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Vice-President of the International Radiation Protection Association and Senior Advisor of the Nuclear Regulatory Authority of the Argentine Government.

Over two decades and until 2005, he was the IAEA Director for Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety. Before, he had been Director of the Argentine Atomic Energy Commission.

He has published over 200 scientific and technical papers, has contributed towards more than hundred publications of international committees and groups in these subject areas, has managed several important international projects and has been honored with several international awards including the Sievert Prize (the highest international decoration in radiation protection), the IAEA Distinguished Service Award, the Morgan Award from the Health Physics, the Lauriston S. Taylor Lecturer award of the US National Commission of Radiation Protection and Measurements, and the IAEA Special Service Award.

He is regular lecturer at the international IAEA Post-Graduate Course on Radiation Protection and at the World Nuclear University. Beside his membership of IRPA, he is founding member of the Argentine Radioprotection Society (SAR). IRPA has nominated him as President of its forthcoming XIIth International Congress (IRPA12), which is being organized by SAR and will take place in Buenos Aires in October 2008.



Jerry Grandey is president and CEO of Cameco Corporation, the world’s largest uranium producer and a growing nuclear energy company. During more than 30 years in the mining industry, Jerry has acquired a broad range of experience, from practicing lawyer specializing in resource and environmental law, to senior executive of several mining companies.

He currently serves on the boards of the Nuclear Energy Institute, the Saskatoon YMCA and is past chair of the World Nuclear Association. Jerry holds a degree in geophysical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a law degree from Northwestern University in Chicago. As well, Jerry spent two years in the US military in the late 1960s.


HAM AdrianHAM Adrian 

Adrian Ham is a business economist with an international reputation in the nuclear energy field. Formerly chief executive of the United Kingdom’s Nuclear Industry Association, he became a member of BNFL’s Nuclear Investment Advisory Board and now works as an independent consultant. As director of consultancy in British Energy plc, he headed numerous projects including the European Union’s TACIS programme supporting the Ukrainian Government in restructuring of Goscomatom to form Energoatom. He was chief economist at Nuclear Electric plc from 1990 to 1996 , having previously been commercial director, Alcan Extrusions ( UK) . With a Unilever scholarship to Cambridge university, Adrian Ham graduated in economics. After an early career as an economist at the OECD in Paris, he was appointed Special Adviser to the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Labour Government 1974-79. Publications include a submission to the UK 2006 Energy Review with Dr Bob Hall, a book on government policy formation ( ‘Treasury Rules’, Quartet Books) and many articles for the Economist Intelligence Unit publications, including reviews of the world metal markets.

He enjoys golf, sailing and painting, and is married, with a daughter and son.



Michel Hartenstein is presently senior Vice-President for Engineering at TN International and Advisor to the Board of the World Nuclear Transport Institute (WNTI).

Michel Hartenstein joined AREVA NP (then FRAMATOME) for 12 years, where he participated in the construction of nuclear power plants, notably in Chinon (France) and Koeberg (South Africa). He then joined TN International (AREVA group) in 1990 as Director of Quality and Information Systems. He was later seconded to the transport subsidiary NTL (European transport of spent fuel to reprocessing plants) as Acting Director. He was then seconded to the radioactive transport cask maintenance company MMT as General Manager, dealing with a fleet of over 4000 casks.

He spent a few years of lobbying for international transports around the world and at the IAEA, where he represented France in the International Steering Committee on Denial of Shipments.

Michel Hartenstein graduated in Chemistry at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris and in Business Administration at the Paris Institut de Contrôle de Gestion.

He is member of, and chairs a regional group of the French Nuclear Energy Society (SFEN).


HAUW PhilippeHAUW Philippe 

Philippe Hauw is the Head coordinator of the WNU Summer Institute programme. He was seconded to the World Nuclear University Coordinating Centre in London by the French CEA-AREVA WNU partnership.

Philippe Hauw has been for 7 years head of the French postgraduate nuclear engineering course - the INSTN Genie Atomique course - and Cadarache INSTN’s area manager. INSTN is the advanced nuclear education institution placed within the French Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique (CEA).

Starting his career at AREVA’s Technicatome and then Novatome/Framatome, he was involved in the conception, engineering and start-up of the international fast neutron breeder Super-Phenix reactor. He then joined the CEA and participated in research programs on advanced thermal reactor concepts such as under-moderated and spectral shift reactors. Later on, he became head of Uranium conversion and nuclear waste control department, before joining the INSTN, focusing his last 10 years on nuclear education and training.

Philippe Hauw graduated in metallurgical & chemical engineering at the Institut National Polytechnique of Grenoble (INPG), and in nuclear engineering at the National Institute for Nuclear Science and Technology (INSTN).





Tom Isaacs is consulting professor at Stanford University in the Center for International Security and Cooperation. He is also the Director of Planning and Special Studies at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board. Throughout his career, Mr. Isaacs has been involved in issues at the intersection of nuclear power, national security, and waste management.

He was Director of Policy and Deputy Director of Geologic Repositories in the U.S. Department of Energy and managed the comparative evaluation of sites that led to Yucca Mountain. He was Deputy Director for Safeguards and Security and before that helped design the core of the U.S. FFTF breeder reactor.

He advises countries on radioactive waste management, in particular recently assisting the Canadian program in formulating its recommendations to the government on how Canada should manage its spent nuclear fuel. He serves on the advisory committee for two U.S. university nuclear departments. Mr. Isaacs holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.S. in engineering and applied physics from Harvard University.

JAMES Simon 


JAMES Simon 

Simon joined the Nuclear Industry Association in September 2003. His first job after leaving school was with the UK Atomic Energy Authority at Harwell. He is a physicist by training but has worked as a communications professional for over ten years in a wide range of areas including politics, local government, medical research and nuclear energy.

Simon handles public affairs issues for the NIA, developing policy initiatives and maintaining contacts with Westminster politicians and civil servants as well as having special responsibility for providing NIA input into the EU decision making process.

From 1993-4 Simon worked for the Liberal Democrat Party, for the party headquarters and for then Party Leader Paddy Ashdown. From 1995-98 he was a political advisor to the leader of Kingston Council (a council he is now an elected member of serving as cabinet member for planning and regeneration) followed by five years in the communications unit of the Local Government International Bureau (the Local Government Association’s European and International arm). Simon came to the NIA following short spells at the Medical Research Council and working for Edward Davey MP.



John Kinney graduated from Strathclyde University in Glasgow, UK in 1978. Engaged thereafter by UK Atomic Energy Authority as "commissioning chemist" for the fast reactor fuel reprocessing plant at the Dounreay Nuclear Power Development Establishment. In early 1981 he became shift manager for the Process Plants Division at Dounreay with responsibility for shift operations of two reprocessing plants, HEU recovery plant, HEU fuel fabrication plant, laboratories and waste facilities plus a caretaker role for the retired Dounreay Fast Reactor (DFR).

In 1989, defected to the IAEA as safeguards inspector in Far East section - inspecting mainly bulk facilities in Japan and South Korea. Recalled to UKAEA in September 1991 and became Manager of Nuclear Materials Control Division in late 1992 as well as Auditor-general for the UKAEA and Chairman-designate of the ESARDA Reprocessing Working Group.

John Kinney resigned from UKAEA in 1993 and rejoined the IAEA as Unit Head in Section for Effectiveness Evaluation and later on Senior Analyst. He assisted in the development of the concept of Integrated Safeguards and performed inspections as well as training of inspectors.

In 2007 he became the Head of the Agency's Toronto Regional Office with responsibility for the majority of safeguards activities in Canada, the main emphasis of which is the introduction of Integrated Safeguards in Canada.



Andy Klein is Director of Educational Partnerships at the Idaho National Laboratory. Dr. Klein continues to serve as Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics at Oregon State University (OSU) and also as Visiting Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Professor Klein received his B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 1977. He completed his M.S. in Nuclear Engineering and his Ph.D., also in Nuclear Engineering, from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1979 and 1983 respectively.

He has been on the faculty at OSU since 1985 and served as Department Head of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics at OSU from July 1996 to March 2005. From October 2002 to March 2005 he simultaneously served as Director of the OSU Radiation Center. From August 1993 through October 2002 he was Director of Oregon Space Grant.

His research interests include sp­ace nuclear and fusion energy systems design, transient analysis, nuclear nonproliferation and is an author on more than 80 technical publications.

Dr. Klein is a member of the ABET, Inc. Engineering Accreditation Commission and is a member of the Advisory Committee for Nuclear Technology and an Advisory Editor for the Annals of Nuclear Energy.



Dr. Dale E. Klein became Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on July 1, 2006.

As Chairman, Dr. Klein is the principal executive officer of and the official spokesman for the NRC. He is responsible for conducting the administrative, organizational, long-range planning, budgetary, and certain personnel functions of the agency. The Chairman has ultimate authority for all NRC functions pertaining to an emergency involving an NRC licensee.

Before joining the NRC, Dr. Klein served as the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Chemical and Biological Defense Programs. He was appointed to this position by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate on November 8, 2001. In this position, he served as the principal staff assistant and advisor to the Secretary of Defense, Deputy Secretary of Defense and the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology for all policy and planning matters related to nuclear weapons and nuclear, chemical, and biological defense.

Previously, Dr. Klein served as the Vice-Chancellor for Special Engineering Programs at the University of Texas System and as a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (Nuclear Program) at the University of Texas at Austin. During his tenure at the university, Dr. Klein was Director of the Nuclear Engineering Teaching Laboratory, Deputy Director of the Center for Energy Studies, and Associate Dean for Research and Administration in the College of Engineering.

A native of Missouri, Dr. Klein holds a bachelor's and master's degree in mechanical engineering and a doctorate in nuclear engineering, all from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has published more than 100 technical papers and reports, and co-edited one book.



Toshio Konishi is part-time Consultant for the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum (JAIF) in Tokyo.

He has been involved for years in developing fast neutron reactors for electricity generation at Hitashi Ltd, Japan before moving to the IAEA where he served from 1995 to 2003 - until his retirement – at the Department of Nuclear Energy as Scientific Secretary on the application of nuclear heat for extracting fresh water from the seawater.

During his assignment at IAEA, Mr. Konishi contributed to the collection and analysis of relevant information on nuclear desalination, the evaluation of and the provision of technical advice to national and regional nuclear desalination project planning. He also coordinated technology transfer from technology holders to potential end-users of nuclear desalination, mainly developing countries in Asia and the MENA countries (Middle-East and North Africa), through the international meetings and publications. The major instrument was the IAEA Technical Cooperation Programmes.


LARAIA MicheleLARAIA Michele 

Michele Laraia is a chemical engineer by background. Italian citizen, he got his degree at the University of Rome in March 1973. From early 1975 until June 1991, he worked at Italy's Regulatory Body (ENEA/DISP) firstly in the capacity of reviewer of radioactive waste management systems, and since 1982 as licensing manager of decommissioning projects. During the 1982-1991 period, under his management seven small research reactors and other nuclear fuel cycle facilities were totally dismantled in Italy and their sites returned to other uses. In other plants, modifications to licence conditions were implemented in preparation to decommissioning. Also, a general licence to achieve a safe storage state was granted to Garigliano NPP.

From July 1991, Michele Laraia has been working at the International Atomic Energy Agency, Waste Technology Section, as Unit Leader responsible for decontamination and decommissioning of nuclear installations, closeout of uranium mining and milling sites, and environmental restoration. His tasks include the drafting and preparation of technical reports and other documents, organization of international conferences and seminars, and the management of technical co-operation projects with developing countries, either on a national or regional scale.



Mr Lucas Mampaey obtained Masters Degrees in electromechanical and in nuclear engineering from Louvain University in Belgium, and joined the nuclear engineering branch of Tractebel in 1973. During 16 years he was intimately involved, as successively an engineer and manager, with the design and start-up of the four units at Doel nuclear power station. He finished his time with the company as head of systems design.

In 1989 Mr Mampaey joined Electrabel, the Belgian utility. Here he continued his close association with the Doel nuclear power station, in different positions. In 1994 he became plant manager of Doel 1 and 2, and in 2000 he became station director.

Since November 2004 he is the managing director of WANO, based in London.


McCOMBIE CharlesMcCOMBIE Charles 

Dr. Charles McCombie, is an independent strategic and technical advisor to various national and international waste management programmes. He has over 35 years experience in the nuclear field, 25 of which are in radioactive waste management. He is an author or co-author of over 150 published papers and articles. For 20 years, he was scientific and technical director of Nagra, the Swiss Cooperative for the Disposal of Radioactive Waste. Currently one of his chief responsibilities is as Executive Director of the Arius Association. Over the past few years, he has provided advice and technical input to numerous national waste management programmes. His responsibilities throughout his career have covered reactor safety, performance assessment for disposal, repository engineering and geological investigations and overall programme direction.

He currently chairs the International Technical Advisory Committee and the International Board of Counsellors of NUMO (the HLW organisation of Japan) and of the Nuclear Advisory Committee of the Swiss Paul Scherrer Institute. For 8 years he served on the U.S. National Research Council’s Board on Radioactive Waste Management.

He received a B.Sc. degree in physics from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland and a Ph.D. degree in physics (materials science) from the University of Bristol, England.



Scott Melbye is President of Cameco Inc. and is responsible for the global marketing activities of the Cameco group of companies. He most recently served as Cameco Inc’s Vice President, Marketing (Europe) & Trading, and was previously responsible for Cameco’s North and South American markets. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Marketing for Cameco’s U.S. mining subsidiary, Power Resources, in Denver.

Mr. Melbye has 23 years of nuclear industry experience. He joined Cameco in 1989 and held several positions in the Saskatoon Head Office with responsibilities for North American marketing, fuel services sales, and market planning. Prior to that, he worked for Arizona Public Service Co. as a nuclear fuel analyst/administrator with uranium and conversion procurement responsibilities for the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station. His initial industry experience was as a nuclear fuel broker with Nukem, Inc., in New York.

Scott earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Arizona State University with degree specialization in International Business.



The Honorable Jeffrey S. Merrifield joined the Shaw Group in August 2007 as the Senior Vice President of the Power Group.

As a member of the Power Group’s executive team, Mr. Merrifield is focused on enhancing the group’s external relationships including government affairs, marketing and communications, customer relations and strategic planning. Mr. Merrifield has been particularly involved in supporting the group’s nuclear related efforts.

Mr. Merrifield served two terms (1998 to 2007) as a U.S. Senate-confirmed Commissioner of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Appointed by President Clinton and reappointed by President Bush, Mr. Merrifield served as one of five individuals overseeing this independent Commission that regulates the safety and security of the 104 operating nuclear power plants in the United States.

During his tenure, Mr. Merrifield led a number of high-level U.S. government delegations that included visits to 30 of the 31 countries that operate nuclear power plants, touring more than half of the world’s 440 operating nuclear units.

Before he was appointed to the NRC, Mr. Merrifield served as the Staff Director for the United States Senate Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Control and Risk Assessment (January 1995 to October 1998).

From September 1992 to January 1995, Mr. Merrifield served as an associate of the Washington, D.C.-based law firm of McKenna and Cuneo. From January 1987 to July of 1992, Mr. Merrifield served as a legislative assistant for two New Hampshire Senators.


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Dr. Patrick Moore has been a leader in the international environmental field for over 30 years. He is a founding member of Greenpeace and served for nine years as President of Greenpeace Canada and seven years as a Director of Greenpeace International. As the leader of many campaigns Dr. Moore was a driving force shaping policy and direction while Greenpeace became the world's largest environmental activist organization.

In recent years, Dr. Moore has been focused on the promotion of sustainability and consensus building among competing concerns. He was a member of British Columbia government-appointed Round Table on the Environment and Economy from 1990 - 1994. In 1990, Dr. Moore founded and chaired the BC Carbon Project, a group that worked to develop a common understanding of climate change.

Dr. Moore served for four years as Vice President, Environment for Waterfurnace International, the largest manufacturer of geothermal heat pumps for residential heating and cooling with renewable earth energy.

As Chair of the Sustainable Forestry Committee of the Forest Alliance of BC, he leads the process of developing the "Principles of Sustainable Forestry" which have been adopted by a majority of the industry.

In 1991 Dr. Moore founded Greenspirit, a consultancy focusing on environmental policy and communications in natural resources, biodiversity, energy and climate change.

In 2000, Dr. Moore published Green Spirit - Trees are the Answer, a photo-book that provides a new insight into how forests work and how they can play a powerful role in solving many of our current environmental problems. Ford Foundation Fellowship, 1969-1972; Ph.D. in Ecology, Institute of Resource Ecology, University of British Columbia, 1972; Honours B.Sc. in Forest Biology, University of British Columbia.



Dr. Toshiya Nanahara is a senior research scientist and the Sector Leader of Customers System Sector in the System Engineering Laboratory of the Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI) in Tokyo, Japan. Joining the CRIEPI in 1979, he has been engaging in the research on power system engineering: power system planning, generation scheduling, energy systems analysis, grid integration of distributed power sources, and impacts of renewable energy (e.g., wind power and photovoltaics) on power systems.

Dr. Nanahara received his B.E., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Kyoto University in 1977, 1979, and 2000, respectively. He served as a visiting professor of Tokyo Institute of Technology during 2001-2005 and as a research associate of the University of Texas at Arlington, USA during 1984-85.


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Jean-Louis Nigon, retired since September 2005, spent his last professional year seconded by AREVA to the WNU Coordination Centre in London. He has been serving as a mentor during each SI. He is presently working part-time voluntarily for the WNU.

He previously worked as deputy vice-president (fuel business first, then R&D) for AREVA-NC (COGEMA) for sixteen years. He was simultaneously a Delegate to the Nuclear Standard Activities of AREVA, and Chairman of ISO-TC85, the Technical Committee on Nuclear Energy.

While working for Areva-NC, M. Nigon taught “Nuclear Reactor Technology” at the Conservatoire National des Arts-et-Métiers in Paris, an educational institution specifically dedicated to the continuing education of young professionals who want to improve their qualifications.

From 1967 to 1990 M. Nigon worked for the Commissariat à L’Energie Atomique (CEA) in Saclay, Grenoble, and Cadarache (France) in the areas of core physics, thermal-hydraulics and safety as well as core and fuel design for submarines.

Jean-Louis Nigon is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique; he also received a degree in Reactor Physics. He is a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society. Even more important than all the above, he is a grandfather of six grandchildren.


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Charles Packer was educated in England and has over 33 years work experience mostly in the nuclear sector. He started his career in the electricity supply industry in the UK in 1974, and moved to Canada in 1982 to work in the nuclear power division of Ontario Power Generation. He has held many operational, managerial and executive positions in his career, including Shift Manager, Operations Manager, Finance & Business Manager, Director of Operations and Maintenance, and ultimately Site Vice President for the Darlington Nuclear plant in Ontario.

Charles started a consulting practice, Cherrystone Management Inc, in 2000. Cherrystone specialises in the areas of safety culture, leadership and strategic thinking with clients in the nuclear sector as well as mining and aviation. He has contributed substantially to the work of the

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in their programs for safety management and safety culture, nuclear security culture and leadership.

Charles has delivered services in thirteen countries, and he has a lifelong interest in history and literature.



Jean Palutikof is Head of the Technical Support Unit, IPCC Working Group II (Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability). She is based at the Met Office Hadley Centre, Exeter. Prior to joining the Met Office, she was a Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences, and Director of the Climatic Research Unit, at the University of East Anglia, where she was based from 1979 to 2004, and a Lecturer at the Department of Geography, University of Nairobi, Kenya, from 1974 to 1979. She is about to take up the post of Director of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility in Australia.

Her research interests focus on climate change impacts, and the application of climatic data to economic and planning issues. She recently co-ordinated the EU-funded MICE project (Modelling the Impacts of Climate Extremes) and was a partner in the PRUDENCE project (Prediction of Regional scenarios and Uncertainties for Defining European Climate change risks and Effects). She was a Lead Author for Working Group II of the IPCC Third Assessment Report, contributing to the chapters on Europe and on Financial Services.



Zack T. Pate is chairman emeritus of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) after working to build WANO from its inception and serving as chairman from 1997 to 2002. Formed in response to the 1986 Chernobyl Accident, WANO is a worldwide association of utilities that have the responsibility for operation of nuclear electric generating plants. The mission of WANO is to maximize the safety and reliability of these plants. All 34 countries that operate more than 440 nuclear reactors worldwide are members.

Since 1998 Dr. Pate is chairman emeritus of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) in Atlanta, Georgia. INPO, sponsored by the nuclear industry, is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote excellence in the operation of nuclear electric generating plants. Dr. Pate was named chairman emeritus of INPO following 18 years of service with the Institute, including 14 years as president and CEO, and later as chairman.

From 1958 to 1980, Dr. Pate served in the United States Navy. His assignments included chief engineer and commanding officer of nuclear-powered submarines. In the latter assignment, he was awarded a Legion of Merit. For his last three years of naval service, he was a special assistant to Admiral H. G. Rickover at the Naval Reactors Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Pate has received a large number of awards or recognition for his service to the worldwide nuclear industry including among others the William S. Lee Award for industry leadership - the U.S. nuclear utility industry’s top award - , the James N. Landis Medal Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for “outstanding performance () in nuclear power. .”, the World Nuclear Association Distinguished Contribution Award, recognizing his role as chairman and founder of WANO, and a WANO Nuclear Excellence Award established by the WANO Governing Board “in his honor and in recognition of his leadership in promoting excellence in the worldwide nuclear industry.”

Dr. Pate graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1958. In 1970, he received a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Michon, Inc., a high-tech company in Atlanta. He co-chairs the World Nuclear Association (WNA) Advisory Board; and is chairman of the World Nuclear University (WNU).



Bruno Pellaud studied at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich where he received a M.S. in Nuclear Physics, at the University of Lausanne where he got a M.A. in Economics and at New York University where he earned a PhD in Nuclear Engineering. In the sixties and seventies, he worked in research and in management in California and in Switzerland. In the eighties, he was Head of the Nuclear Department of a Swiss engineering company involved in the construction of a large nuclear power plant in Switzerland.

In 1993, Bruno Pellaud became Deputy Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna and Head of its Department of Safeguards - focusing on the strengthening of the safeguards system, and dealing with the North-Korean, Iranian and other issues. Back in Switzerland since 1999, he is President of the Swiss Nuclear Forum, the main nuclear association of the country, as well as nuclear consultant and occasional adviser on nuclear security and proliferation matters to the Swiss Government.



Scott Peterson is Vice President for Communications at the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI). He was elected Vice President by the NEI Executive Committee in May 2001 after having served as Senior Director for NEI’s Communications Division since 2000. Mr. Peterson directs the Institute’s activities in media relations, advertising, editorial and creative services, public opinion research and industry communications.

Mr. Peterson has 23 years of professional experience in communications, 16 of which have been with the nuclear energy industry. At NEI, he also has served as senior director for external communications and led the activities of three major communications groups at NEI: media relations and advertising; coalition and outreach; and government communications.

Before joining NEI, Mr. Peterson was director of communications for the American Nuclear Energy Council, a government relations organization for the nuclear energy industry and one of three groups merged in 1995 to form the Nuclear Energy Institute. He also served as a senior media relations representative at Illinois Power and was a reporter and columnist at newspapers in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Mr. Peterson received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina. He has completed the Reactor Technology Program for Utility Executives at MIT.


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Philippe PRADEL, age 51, a graduate of France’s leading engineering school Ecole Polytechnique began his career with the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) as a research scientist on the SUPERPHENIX liquid metal fast breeder reactor and was part of the team that started up that reactor. Mr. PRADEL joined COGEMA in 1987 as manager of start-up testing for chemical extraction and vitrification facilities of the UP3 Treatment Plant at La Hague. Then he successively became Technical Director, Treatment Division Director, Treatment Business Unit Director and in 2003, Senior Executive Vice President of COGEMA, in charge of Treatment, Recycling and Logistics.

Since 2005, Mr. PRADEL is the Director of the Nuclear Energy Division at the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), in charge of the whole nuclear energy sector.

Since 2006, Mr Pradel is member of the board of AREVA. Since 2007, Mr Pradel is chairman of the Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform. Mr Pradel is Chevalier of the National Order of Merit.


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Javier Reig is currently Head of the Nuclear Safety Division at the OECD/NEA in Paris.

He has been former Director for international relations and member of the Cabinet of the Director for environmental and radiation protection at the Spanish Nuclear Safety Commission (CSN) in Madrid, Javier Reig holds a Ms. Sc. in Physics Science and a Master on Nuclear Safety from the Madrid University (Spain), a Master on Nuclear Safety from the Harwell Research Center (UK), and a Master on Management of Safety in Nuclear Projects from the Stanford Univ (USA).



Ambassador John Ritch is Director General of the World Nuclear Association (WNA), a position he assumed in 2001. For the previous seven years he was American ambassador to the United Nations Organizations in Vienna, including the IAEA. While in Vienna, Ambassador Ritch focused primarily on strengthening worldwide safeguards against nuclear weapons proliferation and on the nuclear crises with Iraq and North Korea. John Ritch began his career as an Army officer, serving on the DMZ in Korea and in the Pentagon. In 1972 he joined the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chaired by Senator J. William Fulbright. Ritch served on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for 22 years as senior advisor on East-West relations, NATO affairs and nuclear arms control. Ambassador Ritch is a 1965 graduate of West Point, where he was an academic All-American basketball player. He holds an M.A. in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.



Laura Rockwood is the Section Head for Non-Proliferation and Policy Making Organs in the Office of Legal Affairs of the IAEA, where she has served since 1985. Her primary areas of responsibility are safeguards and non-proliferation. She provides legal support to the Department of Safeguards, as well as to the former Iraq Nuclear Verification Office established to carry out Agency activities pursuant to United Nations Security Council resolutions related to Iraq's nuclear weapons programme. She has also participated in three conferences of the States Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).

Ms. Rockwood has been involved in the negotiation, interpretation and implementation of IAEA safeguards agreements (including those concluded with Iran, Libya, North Korea and South Africa), and was the principal author of the document that became the new legal instrument developed to strengthen IAEA safeguards, the Model Additional Protocol. She has also been involved in the trilateral negotiations between the IAEA, the Russian Federation and the United States of a draft agreement for the verification of materials released from weapons programmes.

Ms. Rockwood received a BA in Social Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Juris Doctor from Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco. She is a member of the California and Washington, DC bars.



Mr. Sergey Ruchkin is an advisor to the Deputy Director General for strategic analysis of JSC “Techsnabexport” (TENEX, Russia), the worldwide supplier of uranium products and services. From February 2007 Mr.Ruchkin has been a representative of the Russian Federal Agency on Atomic Energy (now state corporation) “ROSATOM” and TENEX at the secretariat of the World Nuclear Association and the World Nuclear University (WNA/WNU) in London (UK). At TENEX was involved in the implementation of the US-Russia HEU-LEU Agreement and development of international assurances of nuclear fuel supply.

With a diploma of a nuclear engineer – physicist received from the Moscow Engineering and Physics Institute (MEPhI) in 1973 Mr.Ruchkin was involved in research projects on reactor fuels and structural materials (USSR Minatom, 1970-ies), IAEA nuclear and radiation safety projects (Vienna, 1980-ies), an upgrade of Russian nuclear regulatory policies and practices (Gosatomnadzor (GAN)), a review and feedback of operating experience on plant operations (WANO, early 1990-ies), plant safety assessments (International Nuclear Safety Programme (INSP),. late 1990-ies), and the IAEA Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles project (INPRO) (2001-2004).

In 2007 Mr.Ruchkin participated in the WNU SI-2007 in the Republic of Korea as a facilitator.



Ramesh Sadhankar is the Director of Planning with the Research and Development division of the Atomic Energy of Canada Limited. His background includes 25 years of diverse experience in petrochemical and nuclear industries and the government. He obtained a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta, Canada.

Prior to his current appointment, he served as the Director of Generation IV National Program with the Office of Energy Research and Development, Department of Natural Resources Canada. He was responsible for setting up the national program for research and development for the Generation IV reactors in Canada and for defining Canada’s role in the multilateral collaborations under the Generation IV International Forum. He has also been the Manager of Hydrogen Isotopes Technology program at the Atomic Energy of Canada Limited where he was responsible for starting the research and development program on hydrogen production using nuclear energy. He has published extensively and made several conference presentations on nuclear hydrogen production technologies.


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Dr. Robert Schock is Director of Studies for the World Energy Council (WEC) in London and a consultant to industry, laboratories and governments worldwide. He is also a Senior Fellow in the Center for Global Security Research in the U.S. and studies the application of technology to global policy issues. He was a Coordinating Lead Author (Energy Sources) for the 4th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), whose work was recognized with the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

He was a senior scientist, then group leader (high-pressure physics), section leader (geosciences), division leader and department head (earth sciences), and associate director (energy programs) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and retired in 2002. He has initiated and led programs at the local and national level in energy R&D, high-level nuclear waste disposition, environmental restoration and waste management, fusion energy, hydrogen fuels, energy policy analysis, and climate change focused energy research. He also played a leading role in examining the application of new technology to the proliferation resistance of civilian nuclear power. He has testified before the U.S. Congress on pending legislation and is the author of over 100 scientific papers and technical reports. He was a Senior Fulbright Fellow in Bonn, Germany in 1973, and a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University, Canberra in 1980. He has served on the editorial boards of five scientific journals and technical books.

Dr. Schock holds a BSc degree in geology from Colorado College, and an MSc degree in geology and geochemistry and a PhD in geophysics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is married to the former Susan E. Benton and they have three daughters and four grandsons.



Julia Schwartz, a Canadian, is Head of Legal Affairs at the OECD/Nuclear Energy Agency. She is responsible for providing legal services to the NEA's Nuclear Law Committee, assisting NEA management with legal aspects of the Agency's activities, helping member countries establish international joint projects and ensuring the success of the Agency's nuclear law information and education programme. A particularly important function during her tenure has been assisting the Paris and Brussels Supplementary Conventions States to modernise those instruments.

Before joining the OECD, Julia worked as in-house counsel to Atomic Energy of Canada Limited dealing primarily with nuclear law (domestic/foreign), public law and policy, environmental law and commercial law matters. She began her professional career with the Canadian Department of Justice, assigned to legislative, financial and scientific procurement issues.

Julia is an observer to the IAEA's International Expert Group on Nuclear Liability and the FORATOM Legal Task Force. She is the Registrar of the European Nuclear Energy Tribunal, regularly lectures at the International School of Nuclear Law and is active in the International Nuclear Law Association on whose Board of Management she currently sits. She is also a member of the Ontario Bar (Canada).

Julia is married with 4 step-children and 11 step-grandchildren.



Radek received his M.Sc. in Experimental Particle Physics from the University of Bergen (1998) and his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the Czech Technical University (2002). Before that he had also obtained B.S. and M.Sc. in finance and M.Sc. in nuclear engineering.

In his career, Radek initially focused on financial risk management for Dublin and London based investment banks, followed by work in the Department of Nuclear Reactor of the Czech Technical University in Prague where he is based now. He lectures topics related to NPP fuel cycle and economics. Research-wise Radek focuses on neutronic problems of the PBMR project or was responsible for the successful HEU-LEU fuel replacement at the university nuclear reactor.



Anne Starz coordinates International Atomic Energy Agency projects with countries seeking to introduce nuclear power as a Cost Free Expert from the United States Department of Energy. Prior to joining the IAEA, she served as a Science Attaché in the US Mission to the IAEA in Vienna, where she was involved in diplomatic efforts regarding the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership, assurance of fuel supply issues, and support for countries introducing nuclear power.

Starz has over 10 years experience managing international science and technology development programs with DOE and the National Nuclear Security Administration. She fostered high technology investment in U.S.-Russia scientist engagement programs to assist Russia in downsizing its weapons complex. She also facilitated development of Russian nuclear clean-up technologies for use in U.S. environmental management sites. Starz holds degrees in Cultural Anthropology and International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.



Bob Steane is vice-president, Major Projects of Cameco Corporation.

Bob Steane graduated from the Colorado School with a B.Sc. in metallurgical engineering. Bob commenced employment in the tropics with Bougainville Copper Ltd. located on the island of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea for 5 years and then and was subsequently employed by Energy Resources of Australia for 4 years. During this time he was seconded to Rossing Uranium in Namibia for 15 months and spent the other at Ranger Uranium Mine in the Northern Territory in Australia. Bob began his career with Cameco Corporation with one of the northern Saskatchewan uranium mines – Key Lake Mining Corporation. Bob has been employed with Cameco Corporation for over 25 years and has held many successful positions: assistant mill superintendent, mill superintendent, general manager, vice-president of mining while in Saskatchewan and for 8 years was the vice-president of the fuel services division in Port Hope. Bob is very pleased to have recently returned to Saskatchewan as the vice-president, Major Projects of Cameco Corporation. He was once told, “it isn’t really that cold in Saskatchewan!”


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Sylvain Saint-Pierre is Director for Environment and Radiological Protection at the World Nuclear Association (WNA) – the trade association of the worldwide nuclear industry, which is based in London, United Kingdom. Mr. Saint-Pierre joined the WNA in 2004, where he oversees matters concerning the environment, radiological protection,, the management of nuclear waste and of used nuclear fuel, and decommissioning. Mr. Saint-Pierre is seconded to the WNA from Areva which he joined in 1998.

From 2000 to 2004, based at the Areva head office in Paris, France, he headed radiological protection for company-wide nuclear fuel cycle operations. From 1998 to 2000, he headed radiological protection for an Areva subsidiary company which operates uranium mines and mills in Canada.

Before joining Areva, Saint-Pierre worked nine years for an environmental-expert consulting firm in Toronto, Canada where he conducted environmental, waste management and decommissioning projects for diverse national and international industry and governmental clients.

Mr. Saint-Pierre graduated in Physics Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal, Canada, in 1989.



Richard J. K. Stratford is the Director of the Office of Nuclear Energy Affairs in the Bureau of Nonproliferation, U. S. Department of State. He is responsible for guidance on international nuclear affairs, nuclear safeguards, nuclear export control policies, nuclear cooperation agreements and international initiatives on nuclear energy technology. He frequently has served as a U.S. delegate to meetings of the IAEA Board of Governors and the General Conference.

Mr. Stratford is the U.S. Head of Delegation to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and the NSG’s Dual-Use Regime, and to the NPT Exporters Committee. He also was the U.S. Head of Delegation and chief negotiator of the Nuclear Safety Convention and the Convention on the Safe Management of Spent Fuel and Radioactive Waste.

From 1978 to 1982, Mr. Stratford was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Nuclear Energy and Energy Technology Affairs in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. From 1982 to 1987, Mr. Stratford was the Executive Assistant to the Ambassador-at-Large and Special Adviser to the Secretary on Non-Proliferation Policy and Nuclear Energy Affairs.

Prior to his service in the Department of State, Mr. Stratford, a lawyer, was an associate with the Washington law firm of Hogan & Hartson dealing primarily with energy regulatory and development matters. From 1975-78, he was Special Council with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Mr. Stratford received his B.S. degree in Public Administration from Georgetown University in 1970, and his J.D. from American University in 1974.



Laurent Stricker, Advisor to the CEO of Electricité de France, was Head of Nuclear Operations for six years from 1999 to 2005. He was responsible for the operation of the French nuclear fleet – 58 nuclear units, representing a generating capacity of approximately 63,000 MW – and heads a staff of about 20,000 persons.

He is CEA(1) Board member and SOCODEI(2) chairman. Furthermore, he was WANO(3) Paris Center Governing Board Chairman. He is now member of the board of WNA. In the EDF Group, Laurent STRICKER is responsible for the Nuclear Generation Business Network and EnKK(4) Supervisory Board member.

Laurent Stricker’s career at Electricité de France spans 30 years, his extensive experience being mainly in nuclear generation. He has held numerous positions among which, Director of the Grid and of the Thermal and Hydraulic Generation, supervising generation and transmission facilities. Prior he was Head of the Radiation Protection and Environment Department in Paris. He was Plant Manager at Saint-Laurent-des-Eaux for 3 years. He was also superintendent of Bugey training centre.

Mr. Stricker has had extensive formal training and education in chemical, metallurgical and nuclear engineering, and holds a “Diplôme d'Ingénieur” from both the “Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble”, France, and the “Institut des Sciences et Techniques Nucléaires”, Saclay, France. He also holds a diploma from Nancy University in Eastern France.

Laurent Stricker served as President of French Society of Radiation Protection from 1991 to 1993.



Wolfram Tonhauser is the Section Head of the Nuclear and Treaty Law Section, in the Office of Legal Affairs of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and in this capacity he is responsible for all nuclear and international law matters in that office. He has served as scientific secretary to a large number of international forums concerned with radioactive waste management, radiation protection, the safety of research reactors, the safety and security of radiation sources, the safe transport of radioactive material, nuclear security and liability for nuclear damage. He was also the responsible legal officer at the IAEA for the adoption of the Convention on Nuclear Safety, the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management and the Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material.

Mr. Tonhauser has published a number of articles in the areas of nuclear safety, security and liability for nuclear damage and is a co-author of the IAEA's Handbook on Nuclear Law. Mr. Tonhauser is also the coordinator of the IAEA's Nuclear Legislative Programme, providing assistance to IAEA Member States in the drafting of national nuclear legislation.

Mr. Tonhauser received and completed his legal training (First and Second State Examination in Law) in Germany.



David Torgerson is president of AECL's research and technology division.



John Valliant is the Acting Director of the McMaster Institute of Applied Radiation Sciences (McIARS), the Director of Isotope Research at the McMaster Nuclear Reactor, an Associate Professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Medical Physics & Applied Radiation Sciences, and a member of the Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research at McMaster University.

Dr. Valliant is a McMaster University graduate, receiving his Ph.D. in 1997. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship under the joint supervision of Professors Alun G. Jones (Harvard) and Alan Davison (MIT), he joined McMaster University as Visiting Scientist, then Assistant Professor in 1999. and Associate Professor in 2005.

Dr. Valliant’s research program is recognized internationally on radiopharmaceutical chemistry. His current research focus is on the development of new radiolabeling methods and compound discovery strategies to create clinically relevant molecular imaging probes and therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals.. Dr. Valliant is an Editor for Nuclear Medicine and Biology and serves on the Board of Directors of the International Society for Radiopharmaceutical Sciences and the Ontario Consortium for Small Animal Imaging.


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Gabriele Voigt is the Head of the IAEA’s Laboratories (Seibersdorf and Headquarters)

Ms. Gabriele Voigt, born in 1952, is a biologist and holds a doctorate in genetics, microbiology, and biochemistry, and is a private docent at the Technical University of Munich in Ecological Chemistry. She is working as a radioecologist since more than 20 years in the field of radiation protection, first in the Institute of Radiation Hygiene of the German Federal Health Office and later in the Institute of Radiation Protection in the GSF-Research Center for Environment and Health, both located in Neuherberg near Munich, Germany. Her main interests are: transfer of radionuclides to plants and animals in agricultural and semi-natural and aquatic ecosystems, countermeasures and remediation strategies, dose reconstruction, modelling transfer of radionuclides via food chains to humans, environmental decision and management support systems and the application of radioecological models for non-radioactive pollutants. She is an associate editor of the Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, and a referee to several international journals. She was and is involved in activities concerning gender equality and she was an elected member of a variety of scientific advisory committees of GSF, presently she is elected to the advisory committee to the NES (Nuclear Engineering Seibersdorf) of the Austrian Research Center.



Dr. Alan E. Waltar currently serves as Senior Advisor to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, WA., having recently retired as Director of Nuclear Energy. He serves as well as a consultant to the IAEA and the U.S. Department of Energy. He was Professor and Head, Nuclear Engineering, Texas A&M University from 1998 to 2002, where he helped to build that program into the largest Department of Nuclear Engineering in the nation.

Dr. Waltar served as President of the 16,000-member American Nuclear Society during 1994-1995. He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering (University of Washington, 1961), an M.S. in nuclear engineering (MIT, 1962), and a Ph.D. in engineering science (University of California, Berkeley, 1966).

His distinguished career with Westinghouse Hanford Company included leadership positions in several areas of advanced reactor technology. He served on the faculty at the University of Virginia where, with Professor Albert Reynolds, he co-authored the “Fast breeder reactors” textbook. Along with the Russian translation, this book has become one of the standard instructional books for fast spectrum reactors.

Dr. Waltar was instrumental in the formation of the World Nuclear University Summer Institute (SI) and has served as a mentor and a member of the faculty for the Inaugural SI in Idaho Falls, Idaho (2005), the 2006 SI in Stockholm, Sweden and the 2007 SI in South Korea.

Dr. Waltar authored “America the Powerless: Facing Our Nuclear Energy Dilemma” in 1995 and in 2004 published his newest book, “Radiation and modern life: Fulfilling Marie Curie’s Dream”, which articulates the enormous beneficial uses of radiation to society.


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As of February 14, 2008, Andy White was appointed President and CEO, New Energy Ventures headquartered in Wilmington, North Carolina. Prior to this, he was President and CEO of GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy from January 2003. He has 27 years of experience with General Electric. Andy is also the Chairman of the World Nuclear Association.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Bath University, UK. In 1981, he joined GE as an Electrical Engineer in London, England. Since that time served in engineering, construction and senior management positions in services, power generation and nuclear projects throughout GE’s Energy and Industrial businesses. Andy has lived and worked in Asia, Europe, Africa, Middle East and the Americas.

He is currently on the NEI Board of Directors, the Executive Committee, Nominating Committee and Chairman of the Communications Advisory Committee. Andy is also the GE Executive for North Carolina State University and on the advisory council to the University of North Carolina.

In 2002, he was named a Corporate Officer of the General Electric Company.



Yanko Yanev is the Head of the Nuclear Knowledge Management Unit of the IAEA.

Yanko Yanev studied at the University of Sofia, taking MSc in Nuclear Chemistry and a PhD in Environmental Radiochemistry. For more than 20 years he developed an academic career as a professor in Nuclear Chemistry and Head of the Radiochemical Laboratory of the University of Sofia. In 1991 he was appointed Chairman of a Special Government Commission, which reviewed the nuclear power industry in Bulgaria. Other highlights include: President of the State Committee on the Use of Atomic Energy for Peaceful Purposes from 1991 to 1996 (the Bulgarian Atomic Energy Commission) and Vice Chairman of the IAEA's Board of Governors. He has worked as a senior energy consultant to the Bulgarian-Russian Investment Bank, and took up the post of Programme Liaison Officer in the Department of Nuclear Energy at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in 1998. In 2001, he was appointed Section Head of the International Nuclear Information System (INIS) and has been the Agency’s cross-cutting coordinator for Nuclear Knowledge Management since 2002.

His fields of expertise cover: environmental radiochemistry, nuclear chemical engineering, nuclear power and nuclear safety, nuclear and energy regulation. Mr. Yanev is a member of various professional societies and the Bulgarian Energy Policy Association. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 scientific papers and conference reports in the field of nuclear chemical engineering, environmental issues relating to nuclear power, radiation and nuclear safety, and energy regulation and management. He has served on a number of international committees: as co-chairing Committee III on the Conference for the Extension of the Treaty for the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Arms (New York, 1995); as Bulgaria's representative in the Plenary meeting and meetings of the Steering Committee of the G‑24 Co‑ordination Mechanism for Improving the Safety of Soviet-designed Nuclear Power Plants, the EC group of nuclear regulators (CONCERT) and many others.