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International Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Power in the 21st Century

News 26–28 October 2022, Washington D.C., USA

Ministerial Nuclear Power Conference 2022



15:00-18:00     Registration

18:00                Welcome Reception


09:30-10:30      OPENING SESSION

Ms Jennifer Granholm, Secretary of Energy, United States of America, and President of the Conference

Mr Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) 

Mr William D. Magwood, IV, Director General, Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD-NEA)

Mr Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA) (video)

Mr Bill Gates, Founder and Chairman of TerraPower (video)

10:30-12:30      National Statements

12:30-14:30      Lunch break

13:15-14:15     InFocus: Atoms for Peace in the 21st Century (organized by US DoE, Industry Panelists sponsored by the Nuclear Energy Institute) (Room 202 A+B)

Mr David Turk, Deputy Secretary of Energy, USA (welcome)

Mr Jeff Lyash, President & CEO, Tennessee Valley Authority (moderator)

Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs, US Department of State

Dr Jill Hruby, Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration & Undersecretary for Nuclear Security, US Department of Energy

Mr Peter P. Sena III, Executive Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer, Southern Nuclear

Mr Patrick Fragman, President and CEO, Westinghouse Electric Company

14:30-16:00      PANEL SESSION 1: Fulfilling the Promise: Achieving Net Zero with Low Carbon Nuclear Energy

This session will discuss key national drivers for shaping policy support and unlocking the full potential of nuclear energy on the road to clean energy transition. This includes acknowledging nuclear energy’s contribution to the decarbonization of non electrical sectors, and tackling the challenge of future deployment and continued operation of nuclear power plants.

Mr Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General, IAEA

Mr William D. Magwood, IV, Director General, OECD-NEA

Ms Sama Bilbao y León, Director General, World Nuclear Association (WNA)

Mr Mohamed Al Hammadi, President, World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO)

Mr Keisuke Sadamori, Director for Energy Markets and Security, IEA

moderated by

Ms Amy Roma, Global Energy Practice Leader at Hogan Lovells, USA

16:10-17:30      National Statements (continued) 


9:30-11:00        National Statements (continued)

11:00-12:30      PANEL SESSION 2: Enabling Environments: Creating the Conditions for Wider Deployment of Nuclear Energy

This session will focus on the establishment of an enabling environment for the safe, secure, and sustainable use of nuclear energy, the role of government in setting up nuclear power programmes and legal frameworks, and the importance of effective stakeholder engagement in the development and expansion of these programmes.

Mr Loyiso Tyabashe, Group Chief Executive Officer, Necsa, South Africa (moderator)

Mr Leonam Dos Santos Guimarães, Chief Executive Officer, Electronuclear, Brazil

Mr Collins Juma, Chief Executive Officer, Nuclear Power and Energy Agency, Kenya

Mr Paweł Pytlarczyk, Deputy Director of Nuclear Power Department at the Ministry of Climate and Environment, Poland

Ms Kathryn Huff, Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, Department of Energy, USA

12:30-14:30      Lunch break

13:15-14:15      In Focus: International Industry Forum on SMR Supply Chain (Room 202 A+B)

Key industry leaders will discuss challenges to set up a robust supply chain to support a large spectrum of SMRs for which the market has still to materialize, and to debate the possible solutions to accelerate the maturity of the supply chain and its qualification.

Mr Boris Schucht, Chief Executive Officer, URENCO, UK (moderator)

Mr Renaud Crassous, NUWARDTM Project Director, EDF, France

Ms Adriana Cristina Serquis, President, National Atomic Energy Commission, Argentina

Mr John L. Hopkins, President and Chief Executive Officer, NuScale, USA

Mr Daniel Poneman, Former Deputy Secretary of Energy, Centrus Energy Corporation, USA

14:30-16:00      PANEL SESSION 3: Strengthening the Fleet: Extending and Expanding the Clean Energy Contribution of Existing Nuclear Power Plants

This session will focus on the role of operating nuclear power plants in coping with current economic, political and market conditions and efforts to foster informed, data-driven decision-making by ensuring broad awareness of nuclear power as a reliable, low emission, non-polluting source of energy.

Ms Maria Korsnick, President and CEO, Nuclear Energy Institute (moderator)

Mr Isidro A. Baschar, Director, Nucleoeléctrica Argentina S.A., Argentina

Ms Valérie Derouet, Director at EDF Nuclear and Thermal Direction and President of the French Nuclear security Center of Excellence (CoE), France 

Mr Yoh-shik Nam, Executive Vice President, Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co., Ltd., Republic of Korea

16:10-17:30      National Statements (continued)

17:30-18:30      In Focus: Reimagining Nuclear, Inspiring Youth 

This event will explore new and exciting ways to portray nuclear: as a modern, societally beneficial source of clean energy that can contribute to climate change mitigation and socioeconomic development, all while holding numerous opportunities for future generations. The event will feature a panel of young people, nuclear engineers and nuclear advocates and influencers who will present their efforts and strategies to create a new image of nuclear, as well as a selected finalist of the Generation Atomic Nuclear Power Art Contest.

Ms Zion Lights, Science Advocate and Founder of the evidence based climate activism group Emergency Reactor, (moderator)

Ms Princy Mthombeni, Africa4Nuclear

Mr Eric Meyer, Generation Atomic

Ms Amber Johnson, Finalist of the Nuclear Power Art Contest

Ms Lena Andriolo, International Youth Nuclear Congress

18:30 – 21:30 Gala Dinner


9:00-10:30        PANEL SESSION 4: Charting the Course: Pursuing Early Deployment of Advanced Nuclear Technologies

Looking at technical, regulatory, societal and economic aspects, this session will discuss the technology maturity and market readiness for near term, deployable, advanced reactors. It will also discuss related fuel cycles; from fuel engineering to spent fuel and radioactive waste management, roadmaps for their deployment, and their integration in hybrid energy systems.

Ms Fiona Rayment, Chief Science and Technology Officer, National Nuclear Laboratory and Patron of Women in Nuclear UK, UK (moderator)

Mr Philippe Knoche, Chief Executive Officer, Orano, France

Mr Hideki Kamide, Deputy Director General, Sector of Fast Reactor and Advanced Reactor Research and Development, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Japan

Ms Ashley Finan, Director, National Reactor Innovation Center, USA  

10:30-12:00      PANEL SESSION 5: Enhancing Confidence: Effective Regulatory Oversight for the Future of Nuclear Energy

This session will focus on global and national efforts to meet expectations for a more harmonized approach and continued effective regulatory regimes enabling safe deployment and utilization of advanced and future nuclear technologies.

Mr Mark Foy, Chief Executive and Chief Nuclear Inspector, Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), UK (moderator)

Ms Rumina Velshi, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, Canada

Ms Liisa Heikinheimo, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Finland

Mr Chris Hanson, Chairman, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, USA

Mr Jay Wileman, President and CEO, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, USA and Board Member of WNA

12:00-13:30      Lunch break

13:30-14:00      National Statements (continued)

14:00-15:00      In Focus: Together for More Women in Nuclear

Ms Jennifer Granholm, Secretary of Energy, USA

Mr Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General, IAEA

 moderated by 

Dr J'Tia Hart, Chief Science Officer, National and Homeland Security Directorate at Idaho National Laboratory (INL), USA 

15:00-15:30      Closing Session

Ms Kadri Simson, European Commissioner for Energy (video)

Statement by the Conference President, Ms Jennifer Granholm, Secretary of Energy, USA

Closing statement by Mr Rafael Mariano Grossi, IAEA Director General

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