UK’s 4th CEE Nuclear Energy Summit

Speakers

Mr Iain Lindsay OBE

Mr Iain Lindsay OBE

Her Majesty's Ambassador to Hungary

Full name Iain Ferrier Lindsay OBE
Married to Bridget Clare
Children One son
2016 – Budapest, Her Majesty’s Ambassador
2011 – 2015 Manama, Her Majesty’s Ambassador
2007 – 2011 Hong Kong, Deputy Head of Mission and Director, Trade and Investment
2003 – 2007 Bucharest, Deputy Head of Mission and Political Counsellor
2003 Adviser to Romanian Foreign Minister (on secondment)
2003 Language training (Romanian)
1999 – 2002 FCO, Deputy Head, South Asian Department (including Deputy Head, Afghanistan Emergency Unit following 9/11)
1994 – 1999 Tokyo, First Secretary Political
1991 – 1994 FCO, Head of Baltic Unit, Eastern Department
1989 – 1991 FCO, Australia Desk Officer, South Pacific Department
1986 – 1989 Canberra, Third, later Second Secretary Political
1983 – 1986 Tokyo, Assistant Management Officer
1982 – 1983 Warsaw then Doha, Visa Officer (Temporary Duty)
1981 – 1982 Language training (Japanese)
1980 – 1981 FCO, Desk Officer, Aid Policy Department
1980 Joined FCO

János Süli

János Süli

Minister without Portfolio, Responsible for the planning, construction and commissioning of the two new units at Paks Nuclear Power Plant, Hungary

Mr János Süli has been appointed as Minister without portfolio responsible for the planning, construction and commissioning of the two new units at the Paks Nuclear Power Plant in May 2017, following that he has been elected as Member of the Hungarian Parliament at his constituency (Tolna County), in April 2018.
Mr Süli has worked at the Paks Nuclear Power Plant in different capacities between 1980 – and 2011.
From 2010 he was Deputy CEO of the Paks Nuclear Plant Co. Ltd. He has been elected  and worked as Mayor of the City of  Paks between 2014-2017.
Mr Süli graduated from the Budapest University of Technology, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, specialised in High voltage Engineering, Electricity Sector in 1980.

László Szabó

László Szabó

Director, REKK Foundation, Hungary

László Szabó is the director of REKK. He received PhD from the Corvinus University of Budapest in economics. After his studies, he held several positions in the Hungarian public administration: at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and also at the Hungarian Energy Office. Between 2002 and 2010 he was a researcher and scientific officer at the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, DG JRC and European Commission, where he specialised in modelling energy intensive sectors and climate change related issues. He participated in several EU projects dealing with climate change mitigation and adaptation issues and also investigated energy efficiency measures, publishing the results in several peer-reviewed journals. Since 2010 his work at REKK focuses on various energy related topics, amongst them the regulation of renewable energy sources in Hungary and also in the wider region, energy economics of buildings, and analysing electricity market developments in the short and medium term with a regional context.

Prof. Dr. Attila Aszódi

Prof. Dr. Attila Aszódi

Government Commissioner, PAKS II., Hungary

Mr. Aszódi is the government commissioner for the maintenance of the performance of the Paks Nuclear Power Station in Hungary.

He is a widely acknowledged expert in the field of nuclear energy: he was the expert of the Eurpoean Comission in 2011-2012, when risk and safety assessments (“stress tests”) have been carried out on all EU nuclear power plants after the disaster in Fukushima.

From 2014 Mr. Aszódi is full Professor at Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Institute of Nuclear Techniques. Previously he acted as the Director of the Institute for 10 years. He is the member of several energetics societies and has published over 200 articles, reports and conference papers in the last years.

Minodor Teodor CHIRICA

Minodor Teodor CHIRICA

President, European Atomic Forum (FORATOM), Romania

Dr. Teodor Chirica is the President of FORATOM (the European Nuclear Forum), the Brussels-based trade association for the nuclear energy industry in Europe, since January 1st, 2018 and member of the FORATOM Executive Board since 2006. He was instrumental in setting up the Romanian Atomic Forum (ROMATOM) in 2000 and in its affiliation to FORATOM.
Dr. Chirica is an engineer with rich experience (40+ years) with the Romanian power industry, specialised in nuclear power. He was actively involved in development of the CANDU project in Romania since early 70s, working for Romanian engineering and consultancy companies (ISPE, CITON), utilities (RENEL), as well as for CANDU Owners Group, Toronto. Between 1998 and 2009, Dr. Chirica served in different managerial positions with Nuclearelectrica, which led as CEO between March 2005 and January 2009. He acted also as Managing Director of AMEC Nuclear Romania (2009-2013) and CEO of EnergoNuclear, the Project Company for Cernavoda Units 3 and 4 (2013 – 2017). Currently, he is Senior Adviser to the CEO of Nuclearelectrica.
He holds a PhD in nuclear science from the “Politehnica” University of Bucharest.

Daniel Mathers

Daniel Mathers

Head of Technical - Advanced Nuclear Technologies, Nuclear Directorate, BEIS, Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, United Kingdom

Dan is part of the BEIS policy team for Advanced Nuclear Technology, seconded from his position as Senior Technical Advisor at the Nuclear Innovation Research Office (NIRO). NIRO was established to advise Government on nuclear matters. Dan has worked for over 20 years in nuclear research and development covering aspects of advanced fuel fabrication, fuel performance, reactor designs, legacy nuclear plant and waste disposal. In his previous role he was Business Leader of nuclear fuel, reactors and nuclear physics within NNL.

Joshua Scott

Joshua Scott

Advanced Nuclear Technologies Policy Advisor, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, United Kingdom

Joshua Scott is a policy advisor in the Advanced Nuclear Technologies and the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) Sponsorship teams at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. He is seconded to BEIS from NNL where he is on the General Management Graduate Scheme.
Joshua has been at NNL since 2016 and before that graduated from the University of Manchester with a Masters (MChem) in chemistry. He spent a year study at the University of California : Santa Barbara as part of his Master’s degree.

Iga Lis

Iga Lis

Partner, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang Pośniak i Sawicki Sp. k., Poland

Iga Lis is an advocate and a Partner in the Energy and Projects Department at CMS Poland.
Her experience in the field of energy and heavy industry mainly includes comprehensive advice on the development, construction and operation based on different contractual structures of new installations in power generation, refining and metallurgical plants. Her experience also includes the preparation and negotiation of various agreements in the multi-contracting and turn-key structure. Iga has represented clients in proceedings based on the Act on Public Procurement Law.
Since working at CMS she has participated in a number of negations and preparation of public procurement projects. Her professional experience includes as well advising clients on on-going corporation-related matters. Iga specializes in drafting and negotiating complex long-term contracts, general terms and tender regulations.

Glen Little

Glen Little

Industrial Advisor, Nuclear Industry Association

Glen has worked in the Energy Industry for over 35 years with significant involvement in the Nuclear, Oil & Gas, and Fossil Power Generation sectors. His career started with commissioning activities on the AGR Reactors at Hartlepool and Heysham. This was followed by 10 years on the refurbishment and plant improvement work for the Magnox fleet. In the early 2000s he played a leading role in the delivery of three of the major new facilities being constructed at Sellafield and this led to involvement in the UK Nuclear New Build Programme. As well as acting as the Director for Nuclear New Build for his employer, he has been heavily involved in the Nuclear Industry Association Supply Chain for Nuclear Programme and was responsible for the NIA publication ‘The Essential Guide for the Nuclear Supply Chain’. He continues to be involved in the UK Nuclear New Build Programme through his role as Industrial Advisor to the NIA.

Andrew Noble

Andrew Noble

British Ambassador to Romania

Full name: Andrew James Noble LVO
Married to: Helen Natalie Noble
Children: Four

2014 – 2017 Algiers, Her Majesty’s Ambassador
2009 – 2013 Berlin, Deputy Head of Mission, Consul-General and Counsellor (Political)
2007 – 2009 FCO, Director, Security and Estates
2005 – 2007 FCO, Director, Security
2001 – 2005 Athens, Deputy Head of Mission and Consul-General
1998 – 2001 FCO, Deputy Head, Security Policy Department
1994 – 1998 Cape Town/Pretoria, Head of Political Section
1991 – 1994 FCO, Desk Officer then Deputy Head, Security Co-ordination Department
1989 – 1991 FCO, Desk Officer, European Community Department
1987 – 1989 Bonn, Second Secretary (Bilateral relations and Foreign Policy)
1986 – 1987 Attachment to German Foreign Ministry
1983 – 1986 Bucharest, Third later Second Secretary (Political)
1982 Joined Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Daniel Kurucz

Daniel Kurucz

CEO, VITKOVICE HEAVY MACHINERY a.s., Czech Republic

Daniel Kurucz is now working on position CEO of company VITKOVICE HEAVY MACHINERY, company which is producing equipment for NPP. He has experience from significant Czech and international companies such as České dráhy, Agrofert, Precheza and SANDVIK A. G.,where he worked in top managing positions. He has long time experience in NPP business especially with production steam generators and heat exchanger tubes.

Balazs Marton

Balazs Marton

Strategic and development director, Enersense Hungary Kft., Hungary

Balázs Marton is the strategic and development director of Enersense Hungary Ltd., the hungarian branch of finnish-based Enersense International Group, wich for nearly 15 years is a leading supplier of new nuclear power plant construction projects in Finland (Olkiluoto3 and Hanhikivi). The company is involved in nuclear and other large industrial projects around Europe and other countries, and provides services for human resources, IT solutions and consultancy. Balázs is an economist with master degree from the Corvinus University of Budapest, and has 15 years experience in project management at several hungarian companies and organizations.

James Locke

James Locke

Divisional Director Nuclear and Process, Mott MacDonald

James Locke, is Development Director responsible for Mott McDonald’s nuclear power business. James has over 30 years experience in the power industry having worked for EPC contractors and equipment manufacturers. He has advised power plant developers, governments and financial organisations in the nuclear, thermal and renewable power sector all over the world.

Bálint Nős

Bálint Nős

Director of strategy and technology, PURAM, Hungary

Bálint Nős is director of strategy and technology for the Hungarian radioactive waste management organization PURAM and is responsible for developing technological solutions and long-term strategies. He started his career at the Scientific Directorate of PURAM, where he gained experience in several fields like: safety assessment, waste acceptance systems and radiation protection. In his current position, among others, he is responsible for strategical areas like: back-end of the nuclear fuel cycle and long-term financial planning. He was involved in the drafting of the Hungarian national policy and national programme on radioactive waste and spent fuel management. He holds a Master of Science degree in nuclear physics from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics.

Matthew Randall

Matthew Randall

Account Director, National Nuclear Laboratory, United Kingdom

Matthew Randall is an Account Director for the UK’s National Nuclear Laboratory, with a focus on European markets and UK Research. He has a PhD in Chemistry and over twenty years experience in the nuclear industry, mainly in the waste management and decommissioning area. His experience has included the management and delivery of projects in contaminated land, disposal and waste retrieval and characterisation, encompassing on-site, modelling and laboratory work. This work has been delivered to a wide range of clients in the UK and across the world.

Daniel Aranyi

Daniel Aranyi

Associate, Bird&Bird, Hungary

Dániel is an attorney at the Budapest office of international law firm, Bird & Bird LLP. He leads the energy sector team and is co-head of the competition practice group in Hungary. Dániel’s expertise focuses on regulatory and competition matters primarily in the energy sector. Dániel has advised Hungarian and international clients active in the energy sector in a wide range of matters, including mergers and acquisitions, due diligence exercises, restructurings, conventional, renewable and nuclear power plant and other infrastructure development projects. He has also assisted clients in the drafting and negotiation of retail and wholesale power, natural gas and greenhouse gas allowances sale and purchase agreements, as well as agreements related to natural gas exploration and production. Dániel has also advised Hungarian and international clients in a wide range of competition matters, including competition law aspects of M&A transactions, merger clearance procedures, anti-trust and cartel investigations, sector inquiries and state aid issues. He has represented clients before the Hungarian Energy and Public Utility Regulatory Authority, the Hungarian Competition Authority and the European Commission.

Ivan Yonchev

Ivan Yonchev

Member of BoD, Kozloduy NPP, Bulgaria

Education: Master of Laws, “Angel Kanchev” University of Ruse

Experience: Mr Yonchev started his career as senior legal consultant for state entities. In 2006 he joined the Bulgarian Energy Holding as their legal consultant, later on leading the Legal department. In 2013 he was appointed as CEO of the Bulgarian Energy Holding.

As of 2014 he has become Member of Kozloduy NPP’s Board of Directors, taking part in the management of the plant. He is responsible for decision making concerned with public procurement acts, procedures for the sale of electricity on the market, preparation of reports and statements on regulatory issues, supporting the Bulgarian Energy Holding with its participation on the electricity market.

Sandor Ratkai

Sandor Ratkai

Head, Ageing Management Section, MVM Paks Nuclear Power Plant, Hungary

Mr. Ratkai graduated in 1983 at the Technical University Budapest as mechanical and mathematical engineer. Since that date he has been working for the MVM Paks NPP Ltd., Hungary at the Technical Support Organization in different positions. During his early career he dealt with Research & Development, diagnostics, safety upgrading (e.g. seismic issues), deterministic and strength analyses of the System Structures and Components. More recently he heads the Ageing Management activities at the plant and he also charged with the technical tasks for the Long Term Operation of the plant.
He is a member of the Hungarian Standardization Committee and member of the Technical Advisory Panel for the integrity issues at the plant.
He is the chair of PWR mechanical subgroup at the IAEA IGALL programme. Also, he conducted several Workshops and SALTO peer review missions for the IAEA.

Rob Santoro

Rob Santoro

Regional Vice President - Europe, Rolls-Royce - Nuclear Digital Services, United Kingdom

Rob Santoro is Regional Vice President, Europe at Rolls-Royce Nuclear Digital Services. He received a BS in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and has experience in Equipment Reliability, Obsolescence Management, Configuration Management, and Procurement Engineering.

Rob is currently responsible for the strategy and development of engineering and service offerings from Rolls-Royce to the European nuclear power industry leveraging data and digital technologies.

Rob is also an active participant in industry efforts such as NUOG, INUOG, IAEA, the POMS Users Group, and EPRI.

Imre Nemes

Imre Nemes

Head, Section of Reactor Physics, MVM Paks Nucleat Power Plant Ltd, Hungary

Born in 09/09/1957,  graduated at Eotvos Lorand University of Budapest, Hungary and at the Training Reactor of Budapest University of Technology and Economics.

Working at the Reactor Physics Section of Paks Nuclear Power Plant from July 1982, accomplishing various jobs. Mainly dealing with fuel reload planning and reactor physics analysis. Key achievements are as follows:

  • Introducing low leakage loading pattern in Paks NPP reactor cores
  • Fuel-related licencing of power uprade of Paks units
  • Neutronic desing of a VVER-440 fuel assembly by applying Gd burnable poison
  • The latest one: development of 15 month operating cycle with related fuel- and cycle plannings for Paks Nuclear Power Plant

Repesents Paks Nuclear Power Plant in various international organizations, and works in IAEA and WANO professional and educational teams. Regular publisher and performer on international forums. In 2015, he was given a state medal of honour for introducing 15 month operating cycle in Paks Nuclear Power Plant.

Dr. Magnus Mori

Dr. Magnus Mori

Manager, Marketing and Sales, URENCO, United Kingdom

Dr. Magnus Mori has more than 20 years of nuclear experience with roles ranging from regulations and licensing to new build and operations, from research and development to sales and marketing, from analysis and testing to leadership and management. Before joining URENCO in 2017 he has worked for E.ON and KIT in Germany, the Italian nuclear regulator, the WNA in London and WANO in Paris.

Debbie Breasley

Debbie Breasley

Manager, Marketing and Sales, URENCO Enrichment Company Ltd, United Kingdom

Debbie has more than 8 years’ of experience at URENCO in marketing and logistics, having responsibility for URENCO’s customer relationships in Asia, the Middle East and Eastern and Western Europe. Before joining URENCO she has worked in the finance sector and in the music industry and in 2016 completed her MBA.

Jacek Jagielski

Jacek Jagielski

Professor, National Centre for Nuclear Research, Poland

Professor Jacek Jagielski studied at the Faculty of Technical Physics and Applied Mathematics at the Warsaw University of Technology.In 1991, he received a Ph.D. title at the Institute for Nuclear Problems. In 1997 he obtained the title of doctor habilitatus (D.Sc.) in physical sciences, and in 2007 the title of professor granted by President of Republic of Poland. In his works he mainly dealt with the use of ion beams for modification and analysis of material properties. He studied mechanical properties of metals, modification of polymers and ceramics using ion beams as well as issues and accumulation of defects in materials. In his work he combined theoretical topics, such as modeling defective transformations, with practical work, e.g. construction of three implanters or the construction of elements of the neutral beam injector for the W7X stellarator in IPP Germany. Professor Jagielski has worked in many centers abroad, mainly in France, Germany, the USA, Slovenia and Austria. He published over 260 papers. His Hirsch index is 25. He is a co-author of eleven patents and patent applications. He was director of three doctoral dissertations, and coordinated two European projects being involved in three more. In 2017, NOMATEN project coordinated by prof. Jagielski was approved the Teaming for Excellence program. Professor Jagielski is currently the director of the Department of Physics of Materials at the National Center for Nuclear Research in Świerk. He is a member of the Boehmische Physical Society (Los Alamos, USA) and a member of Scientific Committees of three international conferences.Awarded with the Meritorious Medal for Mazovia, he is Officer of the French Order of Academic Palms.

Lukasz Kurpaska

Lukasz Kurpaska

Head of Material Research Laboratory, National Centre for Nuclear Research, Poland

Dr Lukasz Kurpaska is a Head of the Materials Research Laboratory in the National Center for Nuclear Research. He graduated from the University of Science and Technology of Krakow (AGH) in 2009 and received his PhD in Advanced Mechanics from the University of Compiegne (UTC), France in 2012. He has been director of a projects funded by: IAEA – Cordinated Research Project and Foundation for Polish Science and he was responsible for coordinating VINCO (Visegrad Initiative for Nuclear Cooperation) project funded by EC. Currently he is a representative of NCBJ at M4F and GEMMA projecs – funded by EC. He is actively working in the JPNM EERA (Joint Programme on Nuclear Materials – European Energy Research Alliance), international scientific collaboration platform. His research interests are high temperature corrosion of zirconium, mechanics of materials with special emphasis to the indentation effects in nano- and microscale and impact of ions and neutrons on the functional properties of the materials. He has published over 40 journal papers, participated in over 20 international conferences/workshops.

Prof. Grzegorz Wrochna

Prof. Grzegorz Wrochna

International Cooperation Manager, National Centre for Nuclear Research (NCBJ), Poland
  • Graduated at the Warsaw University Physics Faculty, assistant 1986-1991
  • Between 1991 and 1998 worked at the CERN Geneva on Large Hadron Collider experiments.
  • From 1999 at Andrzej Sołtan Institute for Nuclear Studies at Świerk, Poland, since 2006 its director.
  • Currently at National Centre for Nuclear Research (NCBJ) at Otwock-Świerk, Poland, 2011-2015 its director, now International Cooperation Manager.
  • Member of Governing Board of European Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform (SNETP), Chairman of Nuclear Cogeneration Industrial Initiative (NC2I).
  • Member of Board of Governors of Joint Research Centre (JRC)
  • Member of Council of European-XFEL GmBH
  • Represents Poland in several international bodies, including:
    • Euratom Program Committee,
    • Euratom Scientific and Technical Committee,
    • OECD’s Nuclear Energy Agency, Nuclear Innovations 2050 Advisory Panel
    • OECD’s Nuclear Energy Agency, High Level Group on Medical Radioisotopes

János Gadó

János Gadó

professor emeritus, MTA Centre for Energy Research, Hungary

János Gadó was born in Budapest, April 14, 1946. He was educated at the Eötvös University, Budapest, as a physicist. He has been working at the Centre of Energy Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (and its legal predecessor, the KFKI Atomic Energy Research Institute), as director from 1990 until he retired in 2013. He was responsible for performing several important projects for Paks NPP. His field of interest is reactor physics and reactor fuel behaviour. From 2013 he is chairman of the Steering Committee of the V4G4 Centre of Excellence that was established by the nuclear research institutes of the Visegrad 4 countries for developing the ALLEGRO gas cooled fast reactor demonstrator.

Matti Paljakka

Matti Paljakka

Solution Sales Lead, M.Sc (Eng.) Nuclear Energy and Radwaste, VTT Technical Rsearch Centre of Finland Ltd, Finland

Mr. Matti Paljakka holds a Master of Science in Engineering degree from Helsinki University of Tech­nology, Department of Technical Physics. His major was Nuclear Engineering and minor Mechanical Engineering. He graduated and joined VTT in 1995.

During his research days, Matti worked as mathematician, software engineer and configuration manager in the Apros® process simulation software maintenance team. Matti has been granted an IPMA Level C Project Manager certificate. He has acted as a project manager in a number of contract research projects as well as public research projects.

Since 2013, Matti works in sales, currently as Solution Sales Lead. This involves managing relations to nuclear energy sector companies and waste management organizations, developing international partnerships and leading sales networks within VTT.

Alexandru Marciulescu

Alexandru Marciulescu

Head of External Interfaces Department, Nuclearelectrica

Alexandru Marciulescu is nuclear engineer, having graduated from University Politehnica of Bucharest. He continued improving his studies by graduating a Master in nuclear safety. He has more than 10 years’ experience in nuclear field in both private and state-own companies that require a high level of expertise. Before being recruited for the position of Head of External Interfaces Department in Nuclearelectrica Refurbishment Division, he was the Head of EPC & Procurement Department in EnergoNuclear – the Project company which develops the Cernavoda Units 3&4 Project, where he was in charge with coordinating all procurement activities. He was also involved in the negotiation process of the EPC Contract for the finalization of Units 3&4 and in the drafting of the Bid Invitation Specification the Units 3&4. Earlier, he was Project Engineer in Tractebel Engineering (Belgium).