Dr. Al Mazouzi is a senior research engineer in the department of materials and component mechanics of EDF R&D, and a visiting professor at the University of Manchester/UK.
Prior to his current position, Dr. Al Mazouzi was appointed a senior scientist at SCK.CEN, Belgium. Previously he worked at the hot-lab and Plasma Physics Research Centre (CRPP)/EPFL-Fusion technology group of the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), was visiting scientist at Kyoto University in Japan, and did his post doctorate at Hahn Meitner Institute in Berlin, Germany. His main scientific activities are in materials behavior and performance under severe conditions, particularly irradiation damage and corrosion.
Dr. Al Mazouzi is also the coordinator of the Material Ageing Institute - Scientific Network (MAI-SN) and is involved in the secretariat and executive committee of the international association NUGENIA. He has a doctorate in materials science and is the author or co-author of more than 100 peer reviewed papers.
Abderrahim Al Mazouzi
Senior Research Engineer
Electricité de France (EDF)
Takafumi Anegawa is the President of Research Institute of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. (TEPCO) and leads its research and development, including Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) as well as EV-related business innovations. TEPCO provides electricity to the greater Tokyo metropolitan area – about 30 percent of the electricity sales in Japan, making it the eighth largest amongst global top utilities.
Mr. Anegawa joined TEPCO in 1983 and was involved in nuclear power plant engineering and management until 2002, when he initiated and led the E-Mobility business team at TEPCO. During that time, Mr. Anegawa and his team were the driving force for the creation of the world’s first Direct Current (DC) rapid charging technology, CHAdeMO, for the new wave of electric vehicles.
After TEPCO’s Fukushima accident in 2011, Mr. Anegawa concentrated on recovery efforts for seven years as the Chief Nuclear Officer/Managing Executive Officer of TEPCO.
Mr. Anegawa holds a Master of Engineering from the University of Tokyo.
President of Research Institute
Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. (TEPCO)
Thierry Charles is the IRSN Deputy General Director in charge of the nuclear safety Division. IRSN is the French expert of nuclear and radioactive risks and its nuclear safety Division deals with safety assessment, research activities and safety approaches for nuclear facilities and transport of radioactive materials.
Previously, he was IRSN Director of safety of fuel cycle plants and transport. He is a member of several Safety Advisory Committees with the French Safety authority (ASN), including advisory committee for reactor, advisory committee for nuclear plants, advisory committee for dismantling of nuclear facilities and advisory committee for radioactive waste. He is also teacher in high schools and universities in the field of nuclear safety.
Charles graduated with degrees in civil engineering and physical-chemistry. His career is devoted to nuclear safety with several positions in the field of safety regulation and assessment.
Deputy General Director
Institut de Radioprotection et de Surete Nucleaire (IRSN)
Sharon Cheetham is a Board Director and Cofounder of RenaSci Ltd, a specialist provider of experimental and consultancy services investigating metabolic and central nervous system (CNS) disorders.
She is also an Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham.
Cheetham started her research career studying epilepsy at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London. She earned her Doctorate at St George’s Hospital, London, for her dissertation, "Neurotransmitters and their receptors in post mortem brain from depressed suicide victims."
Cheetham transitioned from academia to the business industry in 1988, when she joined Boots Pharmaceuticals (then BASF Pharma) where she led a team evaluating novel CNS treatments for obesity, making a major contribution to the discovery, development and registration of sibutramine within Europe and U.S. In 2001, she and two colleagues founded the niche contract research organization RenaSci Ltd, which with over 35 employees was recently acquired by Sygnature Discovery.
Board Director and Cofounder
Fred Dermarkar is the President and CEO of the CANDU Owners Group (COG), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping operators of CANDU (short for Canada Deuterium Uranium) and pressurized heavy water reactors worldwide to achieve excellence through collaboration in research and development, joint projects and information exchange.
He has worked in the Canadian nuclear industry since 1981. Prior to his role at COG, Dermarkar held a variety of technical and progressively more senior positions at Ontario Power Generation (OPG) in support of design, commissioning, operation and refurbishment of its CANDU nuclear power plants. He retired from OPG as the Vice President of Engineering Strategy in February 2014 to assume his current role.
In October 2013, Fred was named a recipient of the WANO Nuclear Excellence Award. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in mechanical engineering.
President and CEO
CANDU Owners Group (COG)
Mike Finnerty is Deputy Chief Nuclear Inspector and Director for the New Reactors Division at the ONR, providing strategic leadership to ensure effective delivery of all regulatory activity associated with the UK’s new nuclear build agenda.
Finnerty is also ONR’s lead for innovation, driving forward plans to regulate advances across the industry, and employing innovative approaches to how ONR will regulate in the future. This builds on work he is also doing to develop and implement a modern, enabling approach to regulation across ONR.
Finnerty has been with ONR for 16 years. Prior to his current appointment, he was instrumental in developing and implementing ONR’s strategy to accelerate risk and hazard reduction at the Sellafield nuclear site, achieving great success in influencing Sellafield to make real progress in this area. Previously Finnerty’s other roles at ONR included site inspection, specialist assessment and leading and implementing change across the organization.
Prior to joining ONR, Finnerty spent 15 years as a criticality, shielding and reactor physics specialist, working in both the civil and defense nuclear sectors.
Deputy Chief Nuclear Inspector and Director for the New Reactors Division
Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR)
Kirsty Hewitson is NNL’s Vice President of Innovation where she is responsible for promoting, identifying, translating and commercializing innovations including engagement with external parties.
Prior to NNL, Hewitson was Vice President of Life Sciences at Ploughshare Innovations, a technology transfer organization for the UK Ministry of Defense that enables businesses to gain access to technology from leading government laboratories including the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory, the Home Office Centre for Applied Science and Technology, and others.
Before Ploughshare, Hewitson was Director of Life Sciences at Helsinki Innovation Services and held responsibility for all innovation matters across the life sciences at the University of Helsinki. Previously, Kirsty worked in the field of pre-clinical drug discovery including a spin-out company from the University of Oxford.
Hewitson holds a master of chemistry and doctorate in bio-organic chemistry, both from the University of Oxford.
Vice President of Innovation
UK National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL)
Yunho Kim became the head of KHNP’s Central Research Institute in December 2018.
Prior to his current role, Mr. Kim was director general at KHNP CRI, in charge of new reactor development projects in Korea. He was previously the project manager of APR1400 design certification for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
He started his career as a core designer and developed an optimized operational strategy for power uprate and efficient ex-core detector calibration method, based on neutron kinetics. He was also involved in the management of the safety analysis, environmental qualification and the refurbishment of Wolsong unit 1 in Korea.
He received master’s and bachelor’s degrees in nuclear engineering from Seoul University in South Korea.
Head of KHNP Central Research Institute
Joan Knight is Exelon Generation’s Innovation Director, responsible for leading innovation throughout the nuclear business and with key external partners. She also created the Digital Plant Innovation Team, which seeks out innovative technologies to support the competitiveness of nuclear power plants by improving productivity and decreasing costs.
She has more than 25 years of experience in the nuclear industry. Prior to her current role, she was a chemistry manager and site engineering director at Braidwood and Dresden Nuclear Power Plants.
Knight is also a Certified Innovation Mentor from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. She also has PWR and BWR SRO certifications.
William D. Magwood is the Director-General of the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
He has extensive experience in regulatory and developmental aspects of nuclear energy, including at the international level. From 2010 to 2014, he served as one of the five Commissioners appointed to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). While a commissioner, he advocated the importance of nuclear regulatory independence and the necessity of maintaining strong, credible and technically sound nuclear regulation in the US and all countries that use nuclear power.
Prior to his appointment at the NRC, from 2005 to 2010 he provided independent strategic and policy advice to US and international clients on energy, environmental and technology policy issues. He also sat on various advisory groups and provided technical and policy advice to members of the US Congress on nuclear research, education and climate change policy.
From 1998 to 2005, Magwood was Director of Nuclear Energy at the US Department of Energy (DOE). During his tenure, he launched several important initiatives including the US Nuclear Power 2010 programme and the Generation IV International Forum (GIF). He was also actively involved in the work of the NEA, serving as a Steering Committee bureau member from 1999 to 2003, and as Chair in 2004 and early 2005.
Prior to this, Magwood managed electric utility research and nuclear policy programmes at the Edison Electric Institute in Washington, DC, and was earlier a scientist at Westinghouse Electric Corporation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Magwood holds bachelor’s degrees in Physics and English from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Pittsburgh.
William D. Magwood, IV
Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA)
Arshad Mansoor is Senior Vice President of Research and Development for EPRI. He is responsible for EPRI’s portfolio of R&D and demonstration programs, spanning all sources of generation, power delivery and utilization, and the environment.
Mansoor’s thought leadership drives a broad convergence of energy sector trends, electricity sector strategy, technological development, and the integrated deployment of systems and technologies. Beginning in 2007, he directed EPRI’s Energy Efficiency Initiative to facilitate smarter power delivery and end-use. His leadership includes the global expansion of EPRI’s nuclear generation R&D portfolio, which is instrumental in extending and enhancing the operation of the world’s nuclear generation fleet and in the development and deployment of advanced nuclear technologies.
Mansoor holds five U.S. patents in power electronics and distributed energy resources. He is a senior member of the IEEE and served as vice president of the U.S. National Committee of CIGRE, the international council on large electric systems, and as a member of the board for the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. He has published numerous papers in journals and conference proceedings and has given talks and participated in panels at leading technical forums worldwide.
He earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Master of Science and doctorate in electrical engineering focusing on power systems engineering from the University of Texas in Austin, and completed the MIT Reactor Technology Course and Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program (AMP).
Senior Vice President, Research and Development
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Jeff Merrifield, a former presidential appointee to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, has wide ranging relationships throughout the international nuclear industry that allow him to identify strategic and legal solutions for major energy and environmental matters. He is considered a leader on advanced nuclear deployment and has assisted both large and developing nuclear utilities and suppliers in meeting their strategic objectives.
Jeff utilizes the broad experience he has gained over the last 30 years, having worked as an attorney in the U.S. Senate and as a senior executive at the largest power engineering and construction company in the U.S.
In addition to his time on the NRC, Jeff advises his clients with a unique perspective on strategic problem-solving. Jeff's well-received media and public speaking capabilities also provide a significant resource for the advocacy of common-sense and cost-effective solutions.
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Patrick Morilhat manages the Nuclear Plant Performance R&D Program for EDF. He leads R&D programs related to plant modernization and digitalization, productivity improvement and flexible operation.
Prior to this position, Mr. Morilhat was in charge of EDF international affairs in the field of R&D for power generation and participated in the creation of several new EDF R&D centers worldwide. He also co-chaired the deployment strategy of the EU Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform and was formerly vice-chair of the EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute) Instrumentation and Control committee.
He began his professional career at EDF in 1985. In the technical field, he pioneered the implementation of probabilistic approach in mechanical engineering, the development of fatigue monitoring systems in nuclear power plants and the development of digital technologies for operation and maintenance in nuclear, thermal and hydropower generation.
Manager, Nuclear Plant Performance R&D Program
Electricité de France (EDF)
Marianne Nari Fisher is an Associate Project Officer in the department of nuclear energy at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); currently, she is also the elected Treasurer and Liaison Officer of the United Nations - Nuclear Young Generation (UN-NYG) group based in Vienna.
Most recently, she was a Fellow at the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) in Washington, D.C. within the Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation and a Research Associate at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, where her work primarily explored IAEA safeguards engagement, nuclear policy, and dual-use affairs.
Prior to this, Marianne served in various capacities at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Qatar Foundation International, Newsweek, the Middle East Scientific Institute for Security, among other organizations.
Marianne is also a former Kuwait Programme Scholar from Sciences Po in Paris, France where she completed her Master of Arts in international energy. She also earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington.
Marianne Nari Fisher
Associate Project Officer
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Jeffery Preece is a program manager in the Generation sector of EPRI. He leads Water Management Technology research, including power plant water treatment for environmental controls, increasing efficiency of water use for thermoelectric cooling, and addressing holistic water management challenges. Preece also leads EPRI’s Water Team, a group that focuses on energy-water nexus topics across all sectors.
Prior to joining EPRI in 2014, Preece provided technical support for process and water treatment systems at a U.S. electric utility. In previous roles, Preece supported boiler/steam cycle chemistry, demineralized water treatment systems, and cooling water chemistry applications for coal-fired and combined cycle facilities.
Preece earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University.
Program Manager, Water Management Technology, Generation
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Mary Presley is a Principal Technical Leader in the Nuclear Risk and Safety Management program area at EPRI. She has 14 years of experience in quantitative risk assessment, risk informed decision making, risk communication and human reliability.
Presley joined EPRI in 2010 where she leads research areas in human reliability, data analysis and dealing with uncertainty in risk-informed decision making. She has also worked in enhanced technology transfer and innovative uses of natural language processing.
Before joining EPRI, Presley worked at ARES Corporation as the Manager of Software Solutions Program, providing modeling and simulation support to Department of Defense, Department of Energy and commercial customers. While at ARES, Presley supported non-security related risk assessment activities in the Nuclear & Aerospace industries, including Human Reliability Analysis (HRA), Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA), Hazard Analysis (HAZOP), Root-Cause Analysis, system reliability analysis, risk communication and other qualitative and quantitative risk management techniques.
Presley received Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Principal Technical Leader, Risk & Safety Management, Nuclear Power
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Fiona Rayment is the Executive Director of NIRO, a division of the UK National Nuclear Laboratory that is charged with providing strategic nuclear advice to Her Majesty's Government.
She has more than 25 years of nuclear industry experience working primarily within operations and strategic planning roles across a number of different nuclear sites, both in the UK and internationally.
Rayment is a chartered chemist and engineer with a Doctorate in chemistry from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and of the UK Nuclear Institute. She has a Master of Business Administration from Manchester Business School. Recently Rayment received an OBE in the 2017 Queen's birthday honours. The award - which, in full, makes Rayment an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire - recognizes her work in the areas of R&D, innovation and skills development across the nuclear sector.
Rayment is also on the board of the UK Nuclear Institute and the American Nuclear Society. She is a member of the UK Research Councils Fusion Advisory Panel, Office of Nuclear Regulation Independent Advisory Panel and Idaho National Laboratory's Nuclear Science and Technology Advisory Committee. Rayment is the chair of the UK’s Nuclear Skills Strategy Group, the strategic body that oversees UK nuclear sector skills requirements, and chairs the Nuclear Energy Agency’s NI 2050 advisory panel.
Executive Director of NIRO
UK National Nuclear Laboratory
Dr. Garrett Reisman was selected by NASA as a mission specialist Astronaut in 1998. His first mission was aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour, in 2008, which dropped him off for a 95-day mission aboard the International Space Station after which he returned to Earth aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery. His second mission was aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis, in 2010, and returned Dr. Reisman to the Space Station.
During these missions, Dr. Reisman performed three spacewalks, operated the Space Station Robot Arm and was a flight engineer aboard the Space Shuttle. After leaving NASA in 2011, Dr. Reisman joined SpaceX where he worked for Elon Musk and prepared SpaceX for human spaceflight as the Director of Space Operations. Currently he is a Professor of Astronautical Engineering at USC and a Senior Advisor at SpaceX.
Professor of Astronautical Engineering and Senior Advisor
University of Southern California and SpaceX
Anshu Roy, Ph. D, founded Rhombus In 2011. He invented Mercury™ – Rhombus' patented platform for solid state subatomic particle detection, and he is the architect of Guardian, which addresses big data and sensing problems in security, energy and healthcare.
Before starting Rhombus, he teamed up with Nobel Laureate Professor Alan Heeger to set a world record in solar cell efficiency. He earned his doctorate from the University of Michigan at the intersection of Materials, Complex Systems, High Performance Computing and Turbulence.
Founder & CEO
Stacey Shepherd works for EDF Energy on the Hinkley Point C (HPC) project where she is currently responsible for the delivery of a first-of-kind innovation programme in a nuclear new build environment. As a part of that programme, Stacey is delivering a number of exciting projects including the use of immersive technologies; the development of a 3D digital model of the HPC construction site updated in real time; and the testing of ground-breaking configuration management software.
Her background within sectors such as health, finance and education has given her a unique insight into some of the challenges faced in the implementation of innovative ways of working within heavily regulated industries.
Stacey is passionate about diversity and inclusion, and as the lead of the HPC branch of EDF’s Women’s Network, is an active advocate for the advancement of women within both the construction and nuclear industry.
Électricité de France (EDF) Energy
Yongsik Shin is a Senior Vice President at SK Telecom Co. Ltd, where he leads the Smart Energy City Unit, covering energy vertical digitalization as well as smart city initiatives.
Prior to this position, Dr. Shin served as a Vice President for Energy Business Team which supports energy efficiency efforts of the company’s C&I clients based on its cloud based EMS platform which he initiated to develop and commercialized in 2011. He was also responsible for business development in the IoT domain by launching various IoT devices and services. Dr. Shin actively participated in a sizable number of government driven R&D projects including the Smart Grid PoC in Jeju Island.
Dr. Shin actively participates and shares insights and experiences at industry seminars and conferences as a speaker or a panelist. He is the vice chairman of the Korean BEMS Association as well as Korean Smart Grid Association.
Dr. Shin earned his doctorate in industrial engineering, and has a Master of Business Administration from Cornell University.
Senior Vice President
SK Telecom Co. Ltd
Christina Van Drunen is the Director of Science and Technology Strategy and Collaboration for Canadian Nuclear Laboratories. With over 20 years in the nuclear and mining sectors, her experience spans nuclear R&D, operations, engineering, project management and corporate operations.
Van Drunen has worked in the public and private sectors, and has led strategic planning and enterprise-wide changes, facilitated cross-functional cooperation, and restructured organizations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.
Christina Van Drunen
Director of Science and Technology Strategy and Collaboration
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
Shin Whan Kim is Executive Vice President at KEPCO Engineering and Construction Company, his is responsible for business and technology in the Nuclear Steam Supply System division.
Prior to this position, Kim served as vice president for business development. Previously he managed the engineering department, and was a project manager for important R&D projects. His technical background includes safety and performance analyses of nuclear power plants, severe accident analysis, PSA, development of computer codes, control of systems and components in nuclear power plants.
He is the International Affairs Secretary of the Korean Nuclear Society, a member of the IAEA Technical Working Group on Advanced Technologies for light water reactors, and an Adjunct Professor in the Nuclear and Quantum Engineering Department of KAIST.
Shin Whan Kim
Executive Vice President
KEPCO Engineering and Construction Company
Jason Wight is the Director of Station Engineering at Pickering and is at the helm of a 300-member team of engineers. He passionately champions Innovation and Technology to advance technological solutions within OPG’s nuclear fleet and within the overall nuclear industry. He is also the founder of an innovation accelerator, called ‘X-LAB,’ which creates an environment that encourages and fosters creative thinking across OPG, drives the development of out-of-the-box solutions, engages employees, implements efficiency improvements, and develops new revenue streams. Wight’s team has taken innovation at OPG to uncharted territory, improving the culture and mindset around innovation in the company.
Wight began his career with Ontario Power Generation (OPG) at the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station in 2000, after graduating from McMaster University with a degree in Engineering Physics. In his tenure with OPG, he has held positions of increased responsibility and eventually progressed on to a variety of leadership positions including Section Manager of Rotating Equipment, Valve Programs, and Conventional Systems. He’s held Department Manager positions in Plant Design and Performance Engineering at Pickering, as well as the role of Design Authority at Darlington Nuclear Generating Station. Wight has also he been in roles outside of engineering, including Outage Control Centre Manager and the Assistant Maintenance Manager at Pickering, and becoming a Fellow of the World Nuclear University.
Director of Engineering, Pickering Nuclear Generating Station
Ontario Power Generation (OPG)
Neil Wilmshurst is Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). He has overall management and technical responsibility for $180 million in annual research.
Wilmshurst has been on a nuclear site in every continent that has a nuclear plant, none more so than in Japan over the past five years. The 2011 Fukushima event created unique technical needs and a demand for unprecedented collaboration in an industry that already practiced superb teamwork.
Wilmshurst joined EPRI in 2003 as a Senior Project Manager in the Plant Support Engineering program. In 2008, he became Director of the Plant Technology department, and was appointed as Vice President and CNO in 2010.
Before joining EPRI, Wilmshurst worked in a variety of nuclear utility engineering and maintenance roles with AmerGen at Three Mile Island Unit 1 and British Energy at the Sizewell B plant. Prior to joining the civil nuclear program Wilmshurst served for 13 years in the Royal Navy as a Nuclear Submarine Engineer Officer.
Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
The Honorable David A. Wright was sworn in as a Commissioner of the U.S. NRC on May 30, 2018, and is currently serving the remainder of a five-year term ending June 30, 2020.
Before joining the NRC, Commissioner Wright served as an energy and water consultant and policy advisor on nuclear waste issues. He is a former president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and served as Vice Chairman and Chairman of the South Carolina Public Service Commission. He was also elected councilman and mayor in Irmo, S.C., and to the South Carolina House of Representatives.
A colon cancer survivor, Commissioner Wright is an advocate for cancer awareness and education. He is a proud father and grandfather and has enjoyed umpiring baseball for 47 years. He is a graduate of Clemson University.
David A. Wright
Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
Masayuki Yamamoto is the Deputy Chief Nuclear Officer and General Manager of Nuclear Asset Management at TEPCO Holdings, Inc. He is responsible for engineering activities at TEPCO’s nuclear fleet, including the restart of Kashiwazaki Kariwa Nuclear Power Station and the construction of the Higashidori Nuclear Power Station.
Mr. Yamamoto joined TEPCO in 1992 and has 26 years of experience in engineering, corporate strategy development and international collaboration for Fukushima Daiichi Decontamination & Decommissioning.
Deputy Chief Nuclear Officer, General Manager of Nuclear Asset Management
TEPCO Holdings, Inc.