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August 4-9, 2019 | New Orleans, LA

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Keynote Speakers

Howard (Skip) Elliott, DOT Administrator for PHMSA: Howard "Skip" Elliott was sworn in as the fifth Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) following his unanimous confirmation by the U.S. Senate on October 5, 2017. Mr. Elliott came out of retirement to enter public service after a distinguished 40-year career in America's freight railroad industry. For the last ten years, he served as the Vice President of Public Safety, Health, and Environment for CSX Transportation (CSX), where he focused on issues of direct concern to PHMSA's mission of protecting the American people and their environment. His portfolio included hazardous materials transportation safety, homeland security, environmental operations and compliance, crisis management, occupational health and safety, continuity of operations, and CSX's Railroad Police Department. He has also served on the board of directors for CSX IP, a CSX subsidiary. A proud graduate of Indiana University (IU), Mr. Elliott received his bachelor's degree in English and Forensic Studies. He was the recipient of the IU Department of Criminal justice's first ever Distinguished Alumni Award in 2009, and he is a member of the Executive Dean's Advisory Board for IU's College of Arts and Sciences. He holds a master's degree from Columbia Southern University.

Christophe Xerri: Mr Christophe Xerri has more than 25 years of experience in the nuclear field, with a focus on nuclear fuel cycle and waste management. Before his appointment to the IAEA, he served from 2011 to 2015 as Counsellor for Nuclear Affairs to the French Embassy in Japan and in Mongolia.

He joined COGEMA (now ORANO) in 1991, in the field of spent fuel and waste management. He then moved to uranium mining and enrichment technology. Later, he worked in non-proliferation and then was assigned to the office of the President of AREVA (nuclear reactors and fuel cycle). He moved to Japan in 2007 and became Vice president of Mitsubishi Nuclear Fuel in 2009, where he was also involved in handling the consequences of the earthquakes and tsunami of March 2011. Mr Xerri holds an Engineer’s degree from Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France, a Master of Science from Salford University, UK; and an MBA from Institut Supérieur des Affaires in France.

John Mulkern
: A career covering over 30 years of both front-end and back-end Nuclear fuel cycle work. John initially qualified in the UK with a first degree in Mechanical Engineering, and thereafter obtained a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

John has worked for British Nuclear Fuels and related companies for many years, covering recycling, Fuel Supply and more recently Transportation work, particularly shipping, for the full range of International customers. John also spent 5 years working at the BNFL/Westinghouse European office in Germany.

Whilst John is employed by International Nuclear Services, he is currently on secondment to undertake the role of Secretary General for the World Nuclear Transport Institute (WNTI), based in London, since April 2017.

Chris Boyle
: Chris Boyle studied engineering at Queen’s University receiving a Bachelors and Masters of Mechanical Engineering. Prior to joining the NWMO, he worked in a variety of fields including automotive manufacturing, biomechanics, and defense science, as well as, a few years as a marine mechanic during university.

Chris joined the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) in 2011. Working in the Used Fuel Container team, Chris was responsible for design, fabrication, and experimental testing of the new used fuel container. Chris is currently the Director of Engineering overseeing the conceptual design for Canadian’s Deep Geological Repository including the Engineered Barrier Systems, used fuel recovery and repackaging, repository surface facilities and underground design, and transportation system and logistics.

Dr. Christian Goetz
, Head of Nuclear Waste Management Division of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Following study of chemistry (including my PhD-work and a post-doc in mineralogy and geochemistry), Dr. Goetz has worked for the German Federal Ministry for the Environment in different departments and divisions. He started in waste and spent fuel management, later working for the division of physical protection of facilities and transports, in the nuclear safety division and – since 2011 – as head of the division for nuclear waste management. This include responsibilities (of the federal Government) in licensing and supervision of the treatment, packaging, transport, and storage of waste and spent fuel from nuclear power plants and research reactors, import and export of radioactive and fissile material.

 Todd Sharader, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS) in the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management (EM). In this role, Todd works to enable the safe and successful execution of the EM mission, while providing management oversight of activities, operations, and program integration across DOE field sites.

Prior to becoming the PDAS he served as the Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) Manager from October 2015 until June 2019. Under Mr. Shrader’s leadership, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) successfully restarted waste emplacement operations and the shipping of waste from around the DOE Complex to WIPP after a nearly three-year recovery effort. The CBFO provides federal oversight to the National Transuranic Program (NTP) and WIPP, the nation’s only geological repository for the disposal of defense related nuclear waste. During this time, he was awarded a Meritorious Service Presidential Rank Award. Todd has also served DOE as Director of the office responsible for Hanford’s Office of River Protection. In that position he had a leading role developing the path forward for accelerated treatment of Hanford tank waste. Prior to that, he was served in  DOE’s Office of Loan Programs, and as a project manager for the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management, leading key components of the NRC licensing process for the Yucca Mountain Project.

Jennifer Nugent; Head of Technical at International Nuclear Services (INS). Jen Nugent is Head of Technical at INS and oversees a team of around 20 nuclear package design and licensing experts. TBD

Anna Wikmark, Manager Fuel and Waste Streams & Transport, Sweden’s SKB
Currently the Manager Transport, Operations Department at Svensk Kärnbränslehantering AB, SKBS, Anna is a long term specialist in radioactive materials transportation. She is responsible for the development of the radioactive materials transportation competence within the SKB company. She preiously served as the Manager of Marine Transport Operations and now has overall responsibility for all SNF transport activity. As a specialist in this line of work, Anna serves as an advisor and expert within the company as well as externally.

Dr. David Victor, Professor of International Relations & Co-director of the Laboratory on International Law and Regulation and Center for Global Transformation @ UCSD
: Dr. Victor is Co-Director of the Laboratory on International Law and Regulation and a professor at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at UC San Diego where is also co-leads the University’s Deep Decarbonization Initiative.  His research focuses on how regulatory law affects the environment, technology choices, industrial structure and the operation of major energy markets. Prior to joining UC San Diego, Victor served as director of the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development at Stanford University where he was also a professor at the law school. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), on the advisory council for the Institute of Nuclear Power Plant Operators (INPO) and Chairman of the Community Engagement Panel that is helping to guide the decommissioning of Units 2 and 3 at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. He has contributed to numerous publications on topics such as energy market innovations and electric power market reform.

Dr. Naofumi Kawano, Deputy Manager for TEPCO’s Decontamination and Decommissioning Engineering Company in the Project Planning Department for Fukushima Daiichi
: After completing his university studies, Mr. Kawano joined Tokyo Electric Power Service Company (a subsidiary of TEPCO) in 2000. He has worked with TEPCO and or its subsidiaries since that time. His current role as Deputy Manager for Decommissioning and Decontamination at Fukushima Daiichi involves managing the current and future status of radioactive solid waste at that site. His office maintains forecasts of wastes that will be generated for ten years, and releases the results on a website every year. In addition, Mr. Kawano is responsible for the designs of a waste volume reduction facility and a solid waste storage facility at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant site.

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