Chair: Mayank Sood (Amec Foster Wheeler, Canada)
Top managers and scientists will share their vision on key topics with young professionals.

1 Keynote and 3 plenary sessions will be held at IYNCWiN18:

Keynote session:

Challenge the present, Empower the future

Manager: Mayank Sood/Canada/Amec Foster Wheeler

  • Juan Pablo Ordonez, Deputy CEO, INVAP S.E., Argentine Republic
  • Ding Jian, Vice-President, CNNC/CZEC, People’s Republic of China
  • Mary Alice Hayward, Deputy Director General, IAEA, Austria
  • William D. Magwood, Director General, OECD/NEA, France

Plenary sessions:

PLY 1 . Climate Change: Looking Forward

Kristine Madden/Austria/IAEA
Lenka Kollar/USA/Nuscale Power

A round-table discussion with the participants regarding the path forward for achieving the COP21 Paris Agreement goals and how nuclear energy and its peaceful application can play a role in that solution in combination with other low carbon energy sources.


  • Todd Allen, Senior Visiting Fellow, Third Way, United States of America
  • Robert Coward, President, American Nuclear Society, United States of America
  • Verónica Garea, Executive Director, INVAP S.E., Argentine Republic
  • Huang Guofang, Deputy General Manager of International Department, SPIC, People’s Republic of China
  • Alec Mitchell, Harmony Programme, World Nuclear Association, United States of America
  • Kim Rudd, Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Natural Resources, House of Commons, Canada
  • David Shropshire, Section Head of Planning and Economic Analysis Section, IAEA, Austria

PLY2. New Technologies, New build and major Refurbishment
Manager:  Nathan Paterson/UK/Rolls-Royce

With constant increasing demand for energy, nuclear power will continue to maintain its role in the world’s low-carbon energy mix and a number of new and refurbished reactors will become operational continuously in global scale. At the session, opportunities and challenges surrounding nuclear new build and refurbishment projects will be addressed. Impact of declining natural gas prices and public opinion on nuclear after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident will be discussed as they impact the new build and refurbishment projects. Lessons Learned from some of the biggest new build and refurbishment projects will also be discussed.


  • Carla Carmichael, Vice-President, OPG, Canada
  • Ivan Dybov, President, Rosatom LA, Russian Federation
  • Jose Emeterio Gutierrez, CEO, Westinghouse, United States of America
  • Fredericc Lelievre, Senior Executive Vice-President, FRAMATOME, France 

PLY3. Radioactive Waste and Decommissioning: Yesterday’s Legacy, Tomorrow’s Opportunity

Manager:  Kate Jennings/Australia/ANSTO
Co-Manager: James Hardiman/Australia/ANSTO

Nuclear fuel has helped achieve low-carbon energy mix for decades but the large volume waste from the reactors is still not a well handled commodity. This session will focus on how nuclear science and technology can contribute to reduction of nuclear waste, discuss plans for decommissioning of nuclear sites, the challenges and opportunities that come with nuclear fuel and how this waste can be re-used. Discussion on one man’s trash is another man’s treasure for radioactive waste will be held.


  • Con Lyras, IAEA decomissioning network chair, ANSTO engineer, Australia
  • Elvira Maset, Manager, CNEA, Argentine Republic
  • Christophe Xerri, Director, Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste, IAEA, Austria