Hear from a Collection of Leading Industry Experts on the Agenda at SMR 2019
Below you’ll see a sample of the 50 leading industry experts from around the world who provided fresh updates on the hottest topics, concrete solutions to the biggest industry challenges and insights into supply chain and deployment opportunities at our 2018 event.
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Utility & End User Perspectives
Brett PlummerChief Nuclear Officer
Brett was appointed Vice President Nuclear and Chief Nuclear Officer at NB Power's Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station in November 2015. He is accountable for leading the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station's strategic direction to achieve safe, predictable and productive nuclear performance.
Brett’s extensive background includes 34 years of commercial nuclear power plant experience in Operations, Senior Leadership and Project Management roles.
Brett holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Technical Business from New Hampshire College, as well as an Associate of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering Technology from the University of New York. While in the United States Navy, he attended the Naval Nuclear Power School as well as the Naval Electronics Technician School. Additionally, Brett has completed the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) Senior Nuclear Plant Management Course.
Danny BostExecutive Vice President, Chief Nuclear Officer
Speaker bio coming soon.
Jeff LehmanVP New Nuclear Build
Jeff Lehman is currently the Vice President of New Nuclear Development for OPG. Jeff has over 31 years of experience in the nuclear industry where he has held numerous roles in Engineering, Operations, Plant Reliability, Regulatory Affairs, Performance Improvement and Nuclear Oversight. Jeff has twice been Host Peer for successful World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) Station Performance Evaluations at Darlington. Jeff is also a member of OPG’s Refurbishment Construction Review Board (RCRB) for the Unit 2 Refurbishment at Darlington.
Jeff spent two years in Atlanta seconded to the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) and WANO where he was a qualified Equipment Reliability Evaluator and conducted evaluations throughout North America, Europe and Africa.
Jeff holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree obtained from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.
Bradley AdamsVP Engineering
Speaker bio coming soon.
Frank SaundersPresident, Ontario Nuclear Innovation Centre (ONII), VP Nuclear Oversight & Regulator Affairs
Frank began his career in the nuclear industry with Ontario Hydro where he held management positions in a number of disciplines including engineering, operations, quality assurance, safety and inspection. Frank considers his time as a licensed control room shift supervisor and his last four years organizing and carrying out plant safety evaluations as the highlights of his time with Ontario Hydro. These independent oversight inspections included North American and international plants and a two year assignment with the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO).
After 13 years with Ontario Hydro Nuclear, Frank moved to McMaster University as Manager, McMaster Nuclear Reactor. Subsequently, he took up the position of Director of Nuclear Operations and Facilities where, as senior nuclear operating authority, he oversaw operations at McMaster's Nuclear Reactor, Accelerator Facility, Nuclear Research Building Laboratories and support facilities.
In 2001, Frank returned to the Bruce site with the launch of Bruce Power as Vice President Safety and Environment. Since 2001, he has held senior positions in a variety of areas including Safety & Environment, Security, Emergency Response, and most recently Nuclear Oversight & Regulatory Affairs. Frank is particularly proud of Bruce Power’s strong reputation in these areas and the opportunity he had to play a role in this.
Prior to his more than 35 years in the nuclear industry, Frank served 12 years in the Canadian Armed Forces as a Land Ordnance Engineer.
Currently, Frank holds the position of President of the Ontario Nuclear Innovation Institute. As president, Frank will lead the establishment of the Ontario Nuclear Innovation Institute as an international centre of excellence for applied research and training. Scheduled to become operational in 2020, the Institute will serve as the centre that brings together technology leaders to share collective expertise and knowledge, while identifying opportunities to advance nuclear technologies as well as people skills through training.
Dr Juan A. VitaliChief Strategist & Chief of Future Operations, HQDA G-4
Dr. Vitali serves as Chief Strategist and Chief of Future Operations and Strategy Division at HQDA G-4. He is responsible for integrating future operations capabilities, concepts and strategies for the Army G-4. He is the Army lead for Mobile Nuclear Power Plants concepts, requirements and materiel solutions.
In his previous job as Chief Engineer and Chief for S&T programs at Logistics Innovation Agency (LIA), Dr. Vitali lead the development of S&T strategies for the G-4 and the development of the LIA Corporate Strategy 2015-2019 as well as Operational Energy strategies. Prior to his stint at LIA, Dr. Vitali was the Chief of Test and Evaluation at the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense. In that position, he oversaw the testing and evaluation of over $4 billion in joint service assets and provides key leadership to ensure that all acquisition programs incorporate thorough testing. Coauthored the White House-sponsored, National Technology Council Goals and Policy for Standardization in the Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Defense. When he joined the Army in 2005, he served as Division Chief for Aircraft, Unmanned Air Vehicles and Support Systems at the Army Evaluation Center/Army Test and Evaluation Command, he exercised test and evaluation oversight of all of the Army’s unmanned air systems programs, the Cargo and Utility Helicopter acquisition programs. Prior to that position, Dr. Vitali was Principal Research Faculty for eight years at Georgia Tech Research Institute, and was Director of the Washington Office for the Electro-Optics Environment and Materials Laboratory. He also served at the Office of the Secretary of Defense/Director of Operational Test and Evaluation/Live Fire office as a specialist in fire and explosion protection systems for weapons. Earlier in his career, he was a Senior Scientist for the Air Force Research Laboratory and the 46th Test Wing, at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.
Throughout his career, Dr. Vitali has maintained a dedication to excellence not only in science and technology but, in general, quietly effecting change through increasing leadership roles. In 2000, his work in halon replacements earned him the International US-EPA Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award. Dr. Vitali, completed studies at National Defense University/Eisenhower School and obtained a Master’s Degree in National Security Studies and Resource Strategy in 2013. While there he focused on World Economic Trends, Global Strategies on the Asia Pacific Rebalance, Iran’s Plausibility of a Nuclear Program, Defense Resource Strategy Planning, and Information Operations in North Korea. Dr Vitali is a Harvard University Senior Executive Fellow.
Dr. Vitali holds a Doctorate in Engineering Physics/Nuclear Engineering (1992) (Nuclear Space Power Concepts for the Mars Mission), a Master of Engineering (1987) (Food Irradiation Technology Design), and a Bachelor’s degree Cum Laude in Engineering Physics/Nuclear Engineering (1984), all from the University of Florida. Dr. Vitali is a certified DAWIA acquisition professional (Level III, Test and Evaluation, Level II PM, Senior Acquisition, National Defense University) and member of the Army Acquisition Corp.
He is a Life Member of Tau beta Pi – the National Engineer’s Honor society, Alpha Nu Sigma (Nuclear Engineering Honor Society) - and Florida Blue Key Leadership Honorary Society. Dr. Vitali is a Private Pilot (General Aviation).
Dr. Vitali is married to the former Kathryn Bowler of Needham, MA.
Paul ThompsonSenior Strategic Advisor
Speaker bio coming soon.
Dr. Kathryn McCarthyVP R&D
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
Speaker bio coming soon.
Corey McDanielVP Business Development
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
Speaker bio coming soon.
Vic PakalnisPresident & CEO
MIRARCO Mining Innovation
Speaker bio coming soon.
Government & Regulatory Approach
R. Shane JohnsonDeputy Assistant Secretary for Reactor Fleet and Advanced Reactor Development
US Department of Energy
Mr. Johnson serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Reactor Fleet and Advanced Reactor
Development in the Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) where he is responsible for: NE’s light water
reactor programs focused on the technical and economic sustainability of the existing US fleet
of commercial reactors and the development and deployment of small modular reactors; NE’s
advanced reactor development activities – including micro-reactors; NE’s competitive R&D and
infrastructure investment programs; and the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear
(GAIN) initiative. Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Johnson served as a Deputy Assistant
Secretary for Science and Technology Innovation and spent over seven years as NE’s Acting
Assistant Secretary, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, and Chief Operating Officer.
In addition to leading NE’s reactor development activities, Mr. Johnson is also responsible for NE’s nationally-recognized Nuclear Energy University Programs which has resulted in over $500 million in competitively-awarded R&D, infrastructure, and scholarship/fellowship investments to the Nation’s universities over the last ten years. In addition, Mr. Johnson has been instrumental in the development of critical R&D capabilities necessary to support the development of innovative nuclear energy technologies, including the establishment and expansion of the Idaho National Laboratory-led Nuclear Science User Facilities program, and the high performance computing-based Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation program. Previously, Mr. Johnson lead the Department’s high impact Nuclear Power 2010 program which resulted in the design finalization, licensing approval, and start of construction of the first four new commercial nuclear power plants in the U.S. in over 30 years.
Mr. Johnson has over 30 years of management and engineering experience in both government and private industry. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering, a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, and is a licensed Professional Engineer. Mr. Johnson is a 2018 inductee into North Carolina State University’s Nuclear Engineering Hall of Fame, recognized for his consistent and sustained leadership in advancing nuclear energy technologies. Mr. Johnson was a 2006 recipient of the Presidential Rank Award - recognized for his exceptional leadership, long-term accomplishments, and consistent demonstration of strength, integrity, industry, and commitment to excellence in public service.
Ramzi JammalExecutive Vice-President & Chief Regulatory Officer
Ramzi Jammal has accumulated over 35 years of experience in the nuclear industry, combining management skills with scientific expertise, and representing the CNSC in various international activities. These include the co-chairing of the IAEA Fukushima report, leading Canadian delegations to the Conventions of Nuclear Safety, and the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Nuclear Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management.
Currently, Mr. Jammal is the President of the Convention on Nuclear Safety as elected by the Contracting parties in 2016 and will continue the presidency until October 2018. He also sits on the IAEA Commission on Safety Standards. He was instrumental in the development and establishment of the IAEA Code of Conduct for the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources, and the international categorization of radioactive sources. He also played a key role in ensuring that the recommendations of the International Commission on Radiation Protection complemented the CNSC’s regulatory needs.
As the Chief Regulatory Operations Officer, he led the development of the CNSC regulatory action plan in response to the Fukushima Daiichi accident.
Richard DeakinHead of Innovation, SMR and Emerging Nuclear Policy Advanced Nuclear Technologies
Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
Rich has in excess of thirty years of experience in the nuclear sector in a number of senior leadership roles in industry. Graduating in Metallurgy from Sheffield, he joined British Nuclear Fuels at Springfield’s in the operations delivering fuel for the UK AGR fleet. Rich moved to Sellafield in 2002 and was Head of Manufacturing Operations, Sellafield MOX Plant through its final two years of active commissioning, leading the team to their first contracted fuel delivery in 2005.
Rich joined Rolls-Royce Aerospace Operations commissioned a manufacturing facility location but drawn back to the nuclear sector and in 2008 was entrusted with the role of General Manager, Core Design and Manufacturing, Roll-Royce Nuclear. He led that business in delivering several reactor cores to the UK naval program during a period of significant change including regeneration of the licensed site infrastructure and held the role of “agent of the licensee” for several years working closely with the Office of Nuclear Regulation.
Rich joined NuScale Power in 2015 and enjoyed two years as Director, First of a Kind Engineering. He worked with the team as they developed their design, delivered their DCA application to the US regulator and was instrumental in establishing their project for identification of the supply chain for the delivery of the first NuScale Small Modular Reactor.
In November 2017 Rich joined BEIS in his current role and hopes to continue his career theme of delivery in support of the nuclear sector and wider stakeholders.
Shawn TupperAssociate Deputy Minister
Speaker bio coming soon.
Diane CameronDirector, Nuclear Energy
Speaker bio coming soon.
Marcelo SalvatoreDirector, Nuclear Technology Assessment, Secretariat for Energy
Government of Argentina
Marcelo is a professional nuclear engineer which has almost 29 years of
professional experience. At present he is the Director for Nuclear Technology
Assessment within the Undersecretariat of Nuclear Energy of Ministry of Treasury
Mainly his duties are devoted to assessment, prioritization, guidance, assistance and control of the different nuclear projects and initiatives being implemented or under consideration in Argentina. The CAREM / Argentinean SMR project and the subsequent commercial line are one of the main assets in his portfolio. But other important initiatives like the future large nuclear power plant and the evaluation of present operating stations fall also under his scope.
Before his present role and for 4 years he was a Senior Technical Consultant working for the leadership of King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (K.A.CARE) were he drafted strategic approaches and programs, envisioned the corresponding projects and in many cases took responsibilities for their implementation.
At the beginning of his career, Marcelo started his professional life with Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) and then for 17 years worked with the Argentinean Company INVAP, both, places where he rotated from pure technical matters like reactor core physics, code programming and validation, to end managing nuclear projects and developing critical business opportunities and markets.
Among his personal strengths it can be said that Marcelo has the capability to drive an idea from its conception to implementation, integrating and coordinating the different stakeholders.
Marcelo has also developed very good skills for adapting to different working environments and cultures.
John MonningerDirector, Division of Safety Systems, Risk Assessment and Advanced Reactors, Office of New Reactors
Mr. Monninger is the Director of the Division of Safety Systems, Risk Assessment, and Advanced Reactors in NRC’s Office of New Reactors. He manages NRC’s programs responsible for the licensing reviews of new and advanced reactors in the areas of safety systems, probabilistic risk assessment, design basis and severe accidents, core physics, and core thermal hydraulics. He directs technical support and expertise for special projects, programs, and policy activities; and develops and implements policies and guidance for the use of probabilistic risk assessment and associated analyses in regulatory decision making for new and advanced reactors. He oversees NRC’s advanced reactors program and the development of policy for all activities involving the licensing of new and advanced reactor nuclear power plants. He has more than 29 years of nuclear regulatory experience including licensing, inspection, and research, covering both nuclear reactor safety, and nuclear materials and waste safety. Prior to his current position, he held many diverse and challenging senior management positions including: Deputy Director, Division of Operating Reactor Licensing; Associate Director, Japan Lessons-Learned Project Directorate; Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Chairman; and Deputy Director, Division of Risk Analysis. He serves as one of the NRC’s Reactor Safety Team Directors supporting the Incident Response Program. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Nuclear Engineering in 1988.
Michael FinnertyDeputy Chief Inspector and Programme Director, New Reactors Programme
Mike is Deputy Chief Nuclear Inspector and Director for the New Reactors Division at the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), providing strategic leadership to ensure effective delivery of all regulatory activity associated with the UK’s new nuclear build agenda. Mike is also ONR’s lead for innovation, driving forward plans to regulate advances across the industry, as well as employing innovative approaches to how ONR will regulate in the future. This will build on the work Mike has done to develop and implement a modern, enabling approach to regulation across ONR. Mike has been with ONR for 16 years and prior to his current appointment, he was instrumental in developing and implementing ONR’s strategy to accelerate risk and hazard reduction at the Sellafield site, achieving great success in influencing Sellafield to make real progress in this area. Mike has also a wealth of experience from a number of other roles in ONR, including site inspection, specialist assessment and leading and implementing change across the organisation. Prior to joining ONR, Mike has spent 15 years in industry as a criticality, shielding and reactor physics specialist, working in both the civil and defence nuclear sectors.
Kevin LeeSenior Regulatory Policy Officer
Kevin Lee is engaged in developing the regulatory framework for small modular and advanced reactors at the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. He is a frequent international speaker on regulating SMRs and is also active on numerous policy and regulatory files across the broad spectrum of the Canadian nuclear sector. Kevin has over 25 years of providing regulatory, policy and operational expertise advise and his extensive experience in government includes senior management positions with Canada Post, and as Special Assistant and Ontario Policy Desk in the Prime Minister's Office for the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien.
In his role at NuScale Power, Tom Mundy oversees global business development efforts, including all
sales, marketing, business development and communications functions for the U.S. and abroad.
Mundy has 35 years’ experience in the power generation industry having joined NuScale Power in 2012 as the vice president of program management responsible for the on time and budget performance of major internal projects. Subsequently, as the head of program development, he assumed responsibility for the successful delivery of client deployment projects. Mundy also supported domestic and international business development activities including currently serving as managing director – UK and Europe, where he is responsible for establishing a NuScale Power business presence in the United Kingdom and Europe.
Mundy previously served as founding CEO and president of Exelon Nuclear Partners, LLC, a subsidiary of Exelon Generation Company, LLC, providing a variety of nuclear operational support services based on Exelon’s Nuclear Management Model. In this role, he was responsible for providing strategic direction, operational management, domestic and international business development and service delivery. As Vice President of Nuclear Development, Mundy was responsible for Exelon Generation’s new nuclear development initiatives, including its dual unit new nuclear plant project in Victoria, Texas. He was Exelon’s project manager for the first ever U.S. NRC granted Early Site Permit at the Clinton, Illinois site, and was instrumental in the establishment of NuStart Energy Development, LLC, having served as NuStart’s initial project manager, an alternate member of the management committee and the project director for the U.S. DOE’s Construction and Operating License Demonstration Project, a $500M+ industry/government cost share initiative in connection with the DOE’s NP2010 program. In addition to the various positions Mundy has held in Exelon’s energy delivery, nuclear, and fossil generation organizations, he has also held positions with GPU Nuclear Corp. and Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company. He was certified as a BWR Shift Technical Advisor, and is a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania and New Jersey having practiced for several years.
Mundy holds a bachelor’s degree in marine engineering from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, a Master of Engineering Administration degree from George Washington University and a Juris Doctor (with honors) from Temple University Beasley School of Law. He is a registered patent attorney.
Scott BaileyVP, Supply Chain
Scott Bailey, vice president of Supply Chain, leads all aspects of NuScale Power’s supply chain
function including internal procurement operations and strategic supply chain development.
Bailey has over 30 years of power generation focused supply chain management and execution
experience from supplier, utility, and consultant perspectives.
Prior to joining NuScale, Bailey was the director of supply chain, nuclear generation, development and construction for the Tennessee Valley Authority. In that capacity, he managed contracting and supply chain related activities in support of major nuclear generation projects such as the Watts Bar Unit 2 completion, Bellefonte Unit 1 completion, steam generator replacements, spent fuel pool reracking, extended power uprates, and other major nuclear projects. Bailey previously held senior supply chain management and consulting positions for NRG Energy, Sequoia Consulting Group, Pantellos and Maine Yankee Atomic Power Company. Bailey is an accomplished and experienced supply chain executive in all of the key areas of supply chain including supplier relationship development, EPC Contract development and administration, value creation, strategic sourcing, contract management, procurement and materials management operations, eCommerce and project management.
Bailey holds a master’s degree in business from Husson University, a bachelor’s degree in marine engineering from Maine Maritime Academy and is a certified manager of Investment Recovery.
Dr. Jon BallExecutive Vice President
Jon Ball is Executive Vice President of Nuclear Plant Projects for GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH), headquartered in Wilmington, NC, a position he assumed in November, 2015.
Jon has been in the nuclear industry for 25 years and has a wide-range of experience in P&L leadership, manufacturing, global operations, services, and quality. Previously, Jon served as Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain, leading more than 1,000 employees in manufacturing and logistics for GEH’s worldwide operations. Prior to that, he spent several years in Services where he led GEH’s Field Services and Performance Services businesses. He’s also held several positions in GE’s nuclear fuels business, including Global Supply Chain Leader, Quality Manager and Lab Manager. Prior to joining GE 21 years ago, Jon was a Senior Chemist for Westinghouse at their Hanford operations.
Jon received a B.S. in Chemistry from Pacific Lutheran University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University. He is a certified six sigma Master Black Belt, and has also completed the MIT Reactor Technology Course for Utility Executives.
Dominic KieranChief Commercial Officer
Speaker bio coming soon.
Don WolfPresident & CEO
Mr. Wolf, a founding shareholder of ARC, is a business executive and venture capital investor who has held senior level/founder responsibilities in many different businesses. He is the co-¬founder of a real estate private equity business based in Paris and Washington, DC. Previously, he was general partner in a U.S. based real development company. There, he put together and served as CEO of a building materials, construction and solid waste business, and as CEO of a hotel management company that managed the group's hotels. Mr. Wolf has practiced law with the international law firm Coudert Brothers in New York, London and Paris. He also served as a military officer in a U.S. Defense Department office created by Robert McNamara.
Mr. Wolf earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University, an MBA from Stanford Business School, and a JD from Harvard Law School.
Rolland Johnson did his undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral studies in high energy physics at UC Berkeley. He has worked at US National Labs (LBNL, FNAL, TJNAF), in industry (Maxwell/Brobeck, Muons, Inc.), and had assignments at IHEP in Russia, CERN in Europe and the DOE in Washington, D.C.
In 2002 he started Muons, Inc. in IL to invent and develop new techniques for muon cooling, neutrino factories, and muon colliders. In 2011 he co-founded a new VA company, MuPlus, Inc. Both Muons and Muplus are now engaged in inventing and developing state of the art accelerators and their components for energy production, discovery science, medicine, homeland defense, and commercial applications.
In 2016 Mu*STAR, Inc. was founded to promote and support a consortium of private companies, universities, and national laboratories to design, build, and exploit high-power superconducting accelerators and subcritical GEM*STAR small modular reactors to safely and profitably burn accumulated spent fuel from nuclear reactors and warheads of decommissioned nuclear weapons.
Jonas OppermanAccelerated Fuel Lead Engineer
Jonas Opperman is a lead engineer with the Nuclear Technologies and Materials division of General Atomics (GA) in San Diego.
Mr. Opperman currently spearheads GA’s bench-scale fuel fabrication facility for the EM2 advanced small modular reactor project. For the past nine years, he has focused on modifying the sol-gel process and successfully fabricated high-density uranium-carbide (UC) microspheres, optimizing the process to improve yield, stoichiometry, sphericity, and internal morphology. He has also developed techniques to refine and improve fabrication of conventional UO2 and advanced UN fuels. Most recently, Mr. Opperman has been responsible for expanding GA’s fuel fabrication capability and he is the Principal Investigator for a recent DOE-NE award to GA on Accelerated Fuel Qualification for advanced reactor fuels.
Mr. Opperman holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego.
Executive Speaker TBCWestinghouse
Speaker bio coming soon.
Michael EckhartGlobal Head of Environmental Finance
Michael Eckhart is Managing Director and Global Head of Environmental Finance at Citigroup in New York, serving clients in clean energy with corporate banking, investment banking capital market origination, and transaction services. He travels regularly in the U.S. and to the UK, Europe, Middle East, India, China, Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and Latin America.
He leads Citi’s work in sustainable finance, including originating the Green Bond Principles, now a global guideline, and is engaged in leadership work with the UN, IRENA, REN 21, IIF, and the Atlantic Council.
Prior to Citi, he was founding President of the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) for ten years. He previously led the SolarBank Initiative in Europe, India and South Africa, and earlier worked in power generation with United Power Systems, Aretê Ventures, Combustion Engineering, General Electric Company and Booz, Allen & Hamilton. At GE and C-E, he was in a lead role planning the nuclear power businesses, including originating the concept of the Small Modular Reactor.
He served in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service and holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and MBA from Harvard Business School.
Walter S. HowesManaging Partner
Speaker bio coming soon.
Fiona ReillyChair of the Expert Finance Working Group NED, Nuclear Industry Association
Managing Director - FiRe Energy Ltd
Fiona is an Energy & Infrastructure specialist with over 20 years of experience encompassing nuclear, oil & gas, renewables and thermal power. She is often involved in large-scale energy and infrastructure projects particularly the development, structuring, international regulatory development and compliance, licensing and financing. It is often said that she has a unique blend of skills from policy and regulatory expertise to deal structuring and financing through to project and asset management, claims and disputes. She has advised on the structuring of projects, construction arrangements, financing, off-take arrangements, regulatory issues and operating and contracting strategies.
She is recognised as an expert in the development and financing of nuclear projects by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and has served as a designated expert on the financing, development and structuring of nuclear projects at special meetings of the IAEA.
She has also served as an IAEA expert on decommissioning and waste management issues, chaired technical meetings and sits on IAEA committees. She also is designated as an expert by the International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation (IFNEC) and the International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles (INPRO). She has worked on global nuclear projects for over 20 years.
Fiona is a Non-executive Director of the Nuclear Industry Association.
In January 2018 she was appointed Chair of the Expert Finance Working Group on Small Reactors by Richard Harrington MP.
Previously, Fiona was Partner and Global Head of Nuclear Services at law firm Norton Rose Fulbright before moving away from the law to join PriceWaterhouse Coopers (PwC) as the Global Nuclear Lead for Capital Projects and Infrastructure and then to become an Executive Partner and Board Member at Atlantic SuperConnection LLP.
Douglas SchultzDirector of Origination, Loan Programs Office
Department of Energy
Mr. Douglas Schultz is the Director of Loan Guarantee Origination for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office (LPO). He leads LPO’s lending activities focused on innovative alternative energy projects in the U.S. including solar, wind, geothermal, biofuels, clean fossil, nuclear, and the related transmission and extraction infrastructure. An accomplished executive and proven innovator, Mr. Schultz has been active as a consultant, developer and lender in the energy and infrastructure sectors for over 20 years in the U.S. and abroad.
Prior to joining LPO, Mr. Schultz was a Senior Investment Officer at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). In the private sector, he was the Manager of Project Development and Finance at KMR Power Corporation, a global independent power company, directing the company’s development and financing of green field power projects and acquisitions throughout the Middle East, Asia and Africa. He was also a Principal Consultant at K&M Engineering and Consulting, an emerging market leader in public/private partnerships where he successfully advised governments and multilateral agencies around the world on privatization and Build-Own-Operate (BOO)/ Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) project implementation. Earlier in his career Mr. Schultz was an expert consultant with the international management and economic consulting firm of Nathan Associates focusing primarily on the evaluation and structuring of large public and private infrastructure projects.
Supply Chain Leaders
Louie ShoukasChief Nuclear Officer
Speaker bio coming soon.
Jesus Talamantes-SilvaResearch and Technology Director
Speaker bio coming soon.
Dr. Trevor DudleyPresident & CEO
Speaker bio coming soon.
Sean HagenManaging Partner
Hagen Global Consulting
Sean Hagen is a focused leader with over 35 years of consulting and engineering experience managing major capital projects, organizations, and engineering teams. He has successfully led cross-discipline, multi-function teams in various power generation technologies, transmission projects, and project offices worldwide. He is a licensed Profesional Engineer in the States of Illinois and Tennessee.
Mr. Hagen formed Hagen Global Consulting LLC in mid-2017 to support Clients achieve their global energy-related goals and successfully execute their power generation projects worldwide.
Hagen holds a Master of Business Administration from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, and a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.
Additionally, Mr. Hagen is a member of the:
- American Society of Civil Engineers;
- American Society of Mechanical Engineers;
- Project Management Institute;
- American Nuclear Society; and the
- Canadian Nuclear Society.
Lastly, Hagen has authored, or co-authored, and presented over a dozen papers on power generation-related topics at major conferences on topics ranging from:
- An Assessment of Canada’s Used Nuclear Fuel Management Approach from the Perspective of Current Nuclear Host Communities; to
- Wind Turbine Structures and Foundations - Past, Present and Future; to
- Managing the Risk of Large Projects: Independent Project Oversight; to
- Integrating Small Modular Reactors and Renewable Energy: Attaining A Carbon-Free Grid.
Stephen J. Burdick counsels clients in the nuclear industry, both inside and outside the United
States. A former civilian nuclear plant engineer and nuclear plant operator, Stephen advises
electric utilities, reactor developers, government entities, and other companies across the nuclear
fuel cycle. Stephen’s work focuses on regulatory and litigation matters before administrative
bodies, such as the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and before relevant courts with a
specific emphasis on new reactor projects, subsequent license renewal, decommissioning, high
level waste storage, medical isotopes, and Part 810 nuclear export controls.
Stephen counsels clients on issues relating to NRC licensing and enforcement proceedings, nuclear safety and regulatory compliance, employment discrimination, and prudence of nuclear plant outages. He is actively involved in the licensing and permitting of new US nuclear plants, including large light water reactors, small modular reactors, and advanced reactors, and he has been involved in projects evaluating or utilizing all of the NRC licensing options for new plants. Stephen guides clients through the full scope of legal issues associated with new nuclear projects, including consideration of safety and environmental matters, preparation of applications, NRC review of those applications, and litigation of applications before the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board and the Commission. After licensing, Stephen advises clients on legal and regulatory issues arising during construction.
As the firm’s deputy facility security officer with a top-secret security clearance, Stephen also supports investigations and litigation involving classified information.
Outside the United States, Stephen counsels clients on developing new nuclear regulatory and licensing programs and plants, including the need for power, choice of technology, alternative site Stephen J. Burdick counsels clients in the nuclear industry, both inside and outside the United States. A former civilian nuclear plant engineer and nuclear plant operator, Stephen advises electric utilities, reactor developers, government entities, and other companies across the nuclear fuel cycle. Stephen’s work focuses on regulatory and litigation matters before administrative bodies, such as the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and before relevant courts with a specific emphasis on new reactor projects, subsequent license renewal, decommissioning, high level waste storage, medical isotopes, and Part 810 nuclear export controls. considerations, and regulatory and commercial issues associated with project development. He helps government entities establish new nuclear regulatory regimes and apply international standards.
Stephen also assists applicants outside the United States seeking licenses for new reactor projects, including readiness reviews to consider whether a company is ready to submit and obtain licenses. He advised a United Kingdom client on a license application to the Office for Nuclear Regulation and has advised clients in the Middle East on the development of new nuclear programs, including application of international standards.
Stephen was appointed to a second term on the Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee (CINTAC) by the Secretary of Commerce.
Prior to his career as an attorney, Stephen worked as a nuclear plant engineer for Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory (KAPL), then a Lockheed Martin Company. He qualified to operate a nuclear plant and participated in the training of Navy Personnel in the US Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program.
Alex Polonsky concentrates his energy and environmental practice on matters ranging from
nuclear industry licensing, litigation, and investigations, to radiation toxic tort and Superfund
litigation. He is a nationally-known resource and frequent speaker at conferences on nuclear
export–related matters, including 10 CFR Part 810. As the firm’s facility security officer with a
top-secret security clearance, Alex also supports investigations and litigation involving classified
information. Alex’s prior career as an environmental consultant allows him to advocate
effectively in technically-complex proceedings, to provide due diligence support for energy and
environmental transactions, and to work seamlessly with experts.
As part of his energy practice, Alex counsels clients on NRC licensing issues, including cases related to license renewal and transfers, radioactive materials handling, nuclear waste disposal, nuclear exports, and litigation before the NRC’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Boards. He has a robust practice with nuclear startup companies, advising on all aspects of licensing, investment, and commercialization. He is the co-author of Fundamentals of Nuclear Regulation in the United States, and an instructor for Nuclear Regulation 101, a training program sponsored by Electric Utility Consultants Inc. (EUCI).
As part of his environmental practice, Alex counsels clients on a range of matters involving the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) implementation. He also provides environmental due diligence support on energy transactions, and in-depth technical reviews of soil and groundwater data for clients involved in environmental litigation.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Alex clerked for the NRC’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel (ASLBP). He also worked for ICF Kaiser Engineers, supporting Phase I Environmental Assessments and Phase II Remedial Investigations and Feasibility Studies for government, industrial, and commercial properties.
Industry Association and Experts
David Blee serves as the president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Nuclear Industry Council – the leading business consortium advocate for nuclear energy and the promotion of the American supply chain globally. The Council represents over 80 companies comprising the “Who’s Who” of nuclear energy across a broad mix of the U.S. supply chain, including key mover utilities, technology innovators, architect engineers and constructors, manufacturers, suppliers and services companies.
Mr. Blee was appointed to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee in 2018. He was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to a third term on the Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee in 2016. Mr. Blee’s public service also includes appointments as a U.S. principal deputy assistant secretary of energy, director of public affairs for the Department of Energy and as a Congressional chief of staff.
Mr. Blee’s private-sector experience encompasses assignments as group executive vice president for NAC International, a global technology and services company, where he directed U.S. and international business development as well as the NAC Worldwide Consulting Group. He is a former Senior Vice President for Robinson, Lake, Lerer and Montgomery, a Wall Street-headquartered strategic communications firm.
Marc NicholDirector - Advanced Reactor Deployment
Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI)
Speaker bio coming soon.
Andrew was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Nuclear AMRC in August 2017, after joining as Managing Director in 2015.
Andrew has 30 years’ experience in the nuclear sector, from helping deliver large reactor components for Sizewell B at Northern Engineering Industries, to various manufacturing and engineering roles at Rolls-Royce. He was in charge of the UK submarine reactor component design group, before becoming the General Manager for through-life maintenance and support of the UK submarine reactor fleet. He then became Programme Director for Rolls-Royce's civil nuclear business, leading customer engagement and bids with new build developers.
He represents the Nuclear AMRC on the UK Nuclear Industry Council and is an active member of the NIA Delivery Group. He sits on various groups, committees and associations and leads a number of supply chain initiatives on behalf of UK industry and Government. He is a Visiting Professor of Nuclear Manufacturing and Capability Development at the University of Sheffield and a Fellow of the Nuclear Institute.
Michael DruryAccount Director
National Nuclear Laboratories
Speaker bio coming soon.
Cristian MarciulescuPrincipal Technical Leader
Speaker bio coming soon.