Juan Carlos Lentijo takes office as Director, Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology


Juan Carlos Lentijo, Director,
Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology

12 June 2012 | Juan Carlos Lentijo has assumed the position of Director of the Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology (NEFW) in the IAEA Department of Nuclear Energy, effective 11 June 2012. He is succeeding Tero Varjoranta who returned to his home country, Finland, earlier this year.

Mr Lentijo has 30 years of experience in the field of nuclear energy and radiation protection. Before his appointment to the IAEA, Mr Lentijo was the Technical Director for Radiation Protection at Consejo de Seguridad Nuclear (CSN), the Spanish nuclear regulatory authority.

In this position, he was responsible for activities involving fuel cycle facilities and decommissioning of nuclear installations, low and intermediate level radioactive waste, radiation protection of workers, public and environmental protection, radiological practices in medicine, industry, education and research, and emergency management and physical protection.

“It is my great pleasure to join the IAEA as Director of the Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology in the Department of Nuclear Energy. The IAEA is the world’s leading organization in the area of nuclear energy and ionising radiation applications, and I am proud to become part of the IAEA team which has the reputation to be one of the most qualified in the nuclear and radiological sectors”, said Mr Lentijo.

“I’ve devoted my professional career mainly to regulations in nuclear safety and security and radiation protection. In my personal view, the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and ionising radiations are only possible in a framework where safety, security and radiation protection are the first priority.

I look forward to contributing to the objectives of the Division, which has an ambitious and challenging programme, and more generally to the aims of the Nuclear Energy Department and the IAEA, and to strengthen synergies between technological development and safety enhancement.

One of the most significant challenges for the NEFW Division is the support to Japan in its defueling and decommissioning plans for the affected facilities and the off-site remediation programmes, following the Fukushima accident”, Mr Lentijo stated.

“I am very motivated and I am confident in the proven skills and expertise of the NEFW team”.

Mr Lentijo has known the IAEA and its work for many years through his participation in IAEA meetings, conferences and expert missions.

In 2011, he was the Mission Team Leader of an IAEA international expert mission to Japan that addressed remediation issues of large contaminated areas off-site the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

He also participated in the IAEA Fact Finding Mission to Japan in May 2011 and played an active role in the Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) Mission to Russia and the IRRS and follow-up Missions to Spain, where served as one of the Liaison Officers of the Spanish regulator, CSN.

Juan Carlos Lentijo started his professional career in 1982 and joined CSN in 1984. He worked as Project Manager of nuclear power plants with boiling water reactors (BWRs) and from 1986 to 1996 he was the Resident Inspector of CSN at the Cofrentes Nuclear Power Plant. From 1996 to 2002 Mr Lentijo held the positions of Deputy Director for Emergencies and Physical Protection and then Deputy Director for Environmental Radiation Protection. In 2003, Mr Lentijo was appointed CSN Technical Director for Radiation Protection.

Mr Lentijo holds an Industrial Engineer’s degree from the Technical University of Madrid, Spain and completed an MBA programme adapted for CSN senior managers. He undertook specialized training in nuclear energy, nuclear safety and security and radiation protection at national and international institutions, such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA, the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre SCK-CEN, and Spain’s CIEMAT and TECNATOM.

“I welcome Mr Juan Carlos Lentijo and wish him every success in his new assignment” stated Alexander Bychkov, IAEA Deputy Director General for Nuclear Energy. ”I would like to thank Mr Gary Dyck for the work he has done in managing the NEFW Division in the interim period”.

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