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Sama BILBAO Y LEÓN   Head of the Division of Nuclear Technology Development and Economics, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency

She joined the NEA in June 2018, and leads the NEA activities in the fields of technology, economics, resources and interactions with civil society. Dr Bilbao y León has 18 years of experience in the nuclear field, in both academia and the private sector, as well as with international organizations such as IAEA. Prior to her appointment at the NEA, she served as the Director of Nuclear Engineering Programs and Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), where she was part of a pioneering team that started the VCU nuclear engineering program. Previously she also worked as a nuclear safety analysis engineer at Dominion Energy in the United States.
Sama holds PhD and Master’s degrees in nuclear engineering and engineering physics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in energy technologies from the Technical University of Madrid, as well as an MBA from Averett University. During her successive posts in academic institutions in the United States and Spain, her experience included cutting-edge research on nuclear thermal-hydraulics for both light water reactors and sodium-cooled reactors, nuclear reactor design, nuclear safety, energy and environmental policy, and complex decision making.


Rut BÍZKOVÁ   consultant, Morning Session Chairperson, former Minister of the Environment and Director Emeritus of the Technology Agency

In recent years, Rut Bízková has been engaged in the smart cities topics, management of research, development and innovation in public administration. In the long run, she has been focusing on new social trends, public administration strategies, not only in research and innovation, but also in the fields of economic policy, energy and environmental protection.
Currently, she is the consultant, earlier she acted as Director of the Central Bohemian Innovation Center. In 2012-2016, she worked as the Chairwoman of the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic, five years previously as the Deputy Minister of the Environment of the Czech Republic, and also Minister of the Environment in 2010. Since 1999, for four years, she was the adviser of the Deputy Minister of Energy, Metallurgy and Construction. She started her professional career at the Nuclear Research Institute (Řež), and she was trained at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna.


PhD. student, Department of Electroenergy and Ecology, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen

Anna earned master's degree at Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at CTU Prague after defending her thesis “VVER 1000 Pressurizer System and Control Modelling in Dymola”. In her PhD. studies she is focusing on energy storage technologies in combination with nuclear source. Her general interest is focused on nuclear energy, worldwide energy situation and ecology.


PhD. student, Department of Nuclear Chemistry, Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague

Jana graduated from the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague in the field of nuclear chemistry. The subject of her PhD. studies is the disposal of radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel. With regard to the studied issue, she is interested in nuclear energy and its new possibilities.


PhD. student, Institute of Power Energy, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Communication, Brno University of Technology

Kamil earned master's degree in 2017 at Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of BUT after defending his thesis on the basic design of primary heat exchanger of molten salt reactor. The theme of his PhD. thesis is quenching and rewetting of overheated surfaces. His general interest is focused on nuclear energy promotion and energy sector development.

HU Zhuo (David)

HU Zhuo (David)   Deputy General Manager, Central & Eastern Europe Nuclear Energy Business, China General Nuclear Corp.

David holds the MBA degree from Beijing Jiaotong University and MSE degree from Yunnan University. After completing his university education, he worked in number of positions at the Guangdong Nuclear Power Joint Venture Co. In 2003 he joined Ling Ao Nuclear Power Co., where he acted as Administration Manager and Board Secretary. From 2012 he is with CGN International Nuclear Business Executive in position of Deputy General Manager, Central & Eastern Europe Nuclear Energy Business, and Assistant General Manager of Romania Nuclear Project.


Jan JÍLEK   Deputy Head of the Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Unit, DG Energy, European Commission

Since August 2017 Jan Jilek has been Deputy Head of the Unit “Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety” in Directorate D (Nuclear Energy, Safety and ITER) of DG Energy of the European Commission. From 2015- 2017 he worked as the Policy Assistant to the Director of Directorate D and from 2012 – 2015 as a legal officer in the same Directorate. In his current function, he is involved, inter alia, in the monitoring of the transposition and implementation of the amended Nuclear Safety Directive (NSD) and the Basic Safety Standards Directive. He played an active role in the preparation of the Commission's proposal to amend the 2009 NSD and in the ensuing Council's discussions resulting in the adoption of the revised NSD in 2014. He has both a legal and a philology background with a degree from the Charles University in Prague and a postgraduate diploma in European Union Law from Université Panthéon-Assas in Paris.

Seung-Yeol LIM

Seung-Yeol LIM   Vice President, Global Strategy Office, Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co., Ltd.

Seung-Yeol Lim graduated from Yonsei University in Korea, where he received a B.S. degree in Psychology in 1997. In 2009, he earned his MBA degree from University of North Carolina. He joined KHNP (then-KEPCO) in 1997 and began his career as a procurement specialist. After gaining hands-on experience in procurement and financing areas, he continued his career by holding various commercial positions in KHNP’s global nuclear business development including Barakah Nuclear Power Projects. Subsequently, he then worked at the Management and Innovation Office and actively participated in and led the change and growth of KHNP. Seung-Yeol Lim is now in charge of the Global Strategy Office as a Vice President, leading KHNP’s global business development, international cooperation, international financing, among others.


Michal MACENAUER   Senior Manager, EGÚ Brno, plc.

Michal Macenauer graduated in Electrical Engineering and Electrical Machines, Apparatus and Drives at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of the VŠB-TUO and in Sociology at the Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University. Since 2005 he has been working in the consulting company EGÚ Brno, where he deals with the issues of systemic electricity, district heating and gas sector. The most important topics of his professional interest include the prospects of energy demand (mainly electricity, natural gas and heat), new technologies (electromobility, battery accumulation and other means of flexibility), Sector-Coupling and especially balancing electricity demand and supply in the Central European region under the environment of frequent political change. Every year he publishes in professional journals and performs at energy conferences.


Jiří MAREK   NERS 2019 Conference Chairman

Jiri is the consultant in the field of power industry and is the Partner & Head Executive of JMM Consulting, Ltd. – a company focused on advisory services and organization of professional activities. After graduating from the Czech Technical University, Faculty of Technical and Nuclear Physics, he worked in research; he has been working in the power industry field since 1974 (until 1996 in ČEZ). For the last more than twenty years, he was the advisor of the Minister of Industry and Trade, chairman and vice-chairman of the Supervisory Board of ČEZ, a member of supervisory boards in several energy distribution companies and an advisor of Deputy Ministers of Finance. In these positions, he was dealing with the reorganization of state administration in power industry, the development of state energy policy, the establishment of the State Office for Nuclear Safety and with the preparation of the privatization of Czech power industry. He is occupied by publication activities, mainly in the field of nuclear power industry and has wide experience in organizing of international and specialized professional conferences and meetings. His positions are quoted on TV, radio and in economic periodicals. In 2014 Jiri was elected the President of the Association of Czech Nuclear Veterans.


René NEDĚLA   Deputy Minister for Industry and Trade, Section for Raw Materials and Energy

He graduated from CTU, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Institute of Control and Instrumentation, Automated Management. He also graduated from the Masaryk Institute of Higher Studies in the field of Business and Industrial Engineering in Industry. He graduated from the Florence School of Regulation - Annual Training Course on the Regulation of Energy Utilities (Certificate of Attendance). Since 2011, he has worked in the Energy Regulatory Office in several positions from the Energy Regulatory Specialist, Head of Strategy and Advisory Department, Heat Department Director, and finally as Director of the Regulatory Section. At the same time, he lectured technical subjects at the CTU, the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, and subsequently at the Engineering of the Faculty Czech University of Life Sciences Prague. He has worked in various governmental and non-governmental working groups on energy, as well as on water treatment. In September 2018, he became Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, leading Section of raw materials and energy.


Toni SALMINEN   Head of Simulation Business at Fortum Nuclear Services

Toni Salminen received his M.Sc. in power plant engineering in 2013 from the Tampere University of Technology and has since then worked with dynamic simulation software Apros at Fortum. Toni started his career as project engineer and participated in different modelling projects, such as engineering and operator training simulator deliveries to both conventional and nuclear power customers. During his career Toni has worked as project manager and team leader before starting to work in Apros Nuclear sales. Starting from September 2019, Toni was nominated as Head of Simulation Business and he is now responsible for Apros Nuclear business in Fortum Nuclear Services.

Hiroshi SASAKI

Hiroshi SASAKI   Deputy Director, Nuclear Energy Systems Department, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

Graduated from the Faculty of International Politics and Economy of Aoyama Gakuin University, and joined MHI in 1989. Has nearly 30 years of experience in marketing mainly in the area of nuclear service, nuclear fuel and new reactors for both domestic and global customers, among which includes holding management positions. He also was in charge of planning and execution of several organization restructuring and M&A projects. He is currently responsible for marketing nuclear new builds globally.

Andrzej SIDŁO

Andrzej SIDŁO   Chief Expert, Ministry of Energy Republic of Poland, Nuclear Energy Department

Andrzej graduated from Cracow University of Economics Poland, master in banking-corporate finance and French Lille University I, DESS in company management. Since 2012 in Ministry of Energy responsible for industrial issues in the field of Polish nuclear programme: supply chain and localization, technical regulations, gap analysis of local competencies, trainings activities for local industry and foreign expansion on global nuclear markets. Before joining Polish Government Andrzej has been working 15 years as project manager in Polimex Mostostal and was responsible for numerous foreign projects in petrochemical, waste and energy sector, including nuclear.


Radek ŠKODA   Afternoon Session Chairman, Associate Professor, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics, (CIIRC CTU) Czech Technical University in Prague

Radek received his M.Sc. in Experimental Particle Physics from the University of Bergen (1998) and his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the Czech Technical University (2002). Having also a degree in economics he initially focused on quantitative finance for Dublin and London based multinational banks, followed by academic work in the Czech Technical University in Prague where he has been teaching nuclear engineering. He is also visiting lecturer of North West University, Potchefstroom in South Africa, Polytech St. Petersburg and World Nuclear University, Oxford. Radek’s lecture topics are related to nuclear fuel, fuel cycle economics and neutronics. Research-wise, Radek was Director of Nuclear Science Center in the Texas A&M University where he conducted experiments on the TRIGA and AGN-201 nuclear reactors and now he leads his nuclear fuel research group in Prague and co-directs Intercontinental Nuclear Institute.

Zdeněk ŠÍMA

Zdeněk ŠÍMA   Executive Head, Rosatom Central Europe Ltd.

Zdeněk graduated from Prague School of Economics, majored in foreign trade. Since 1983 he has been working at SKODAEXPORT and gained foreign experience during his long-term stay in Pakistan in 1989-92, executing power generation and metallurgy projects. Since then, he was responsible for numerous projects abroad, mainly in power sector, metallurgy and oil & gas. Since 2009 he has been working for ČEZ, Department of new NPPs construction, being responsible for commercial management of new NPP projects. After a short employment at Chladicí věže Praha he joined Rosatom, a Russian state-owned conglomerate, in 2012.

Martin UHLÍŘ

Martin UHLÍŘ   Executive Director and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors, Dukovany NPP II, plc.

Martin Uhlíř graduated at Technical University of Brno, Faculty of Electrical Engineering. He also graduated at University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business. Martin joined CEZ Group in 1994, he started to work as an operator of secondary circuit and later as an operator of primary circuit in Dukovany NPP. Since 2001 he worked on a several leading positions in investment division within CEZ Group. In autumn 2006, Martin has entered to a new team responsible for preparation and construction of new nuclear power station in Temelin site, and he became a project manager of Dukovany new units’ construction project in 2009. Since 2016 Martin is in charge in new CEZ daughter company “Elektrarna Dukovany II” as a Vice Chairman of Board of Directors and Executive Director.

Laszlo VARRO

Laszlo VARRO   Chief Economist, OECD International Energy Agency

Laszlo Varro, who has worked at the IEA since 2011, became the Agency’s Chief Economist at the start of 2016, succeeding Fatih Birol, who took over as IEA Executive Director on 1 September 2015.
As Chief Economist, Mr. Varro leads the Economics and Investment Office (EIO), a newly created group within the IEA that aims to offer sound and consistent energy economics and methodological support for the Agency’s work. EIO also provides strategic support for the Executive Director’s agenda.
Prior to assuming his new role, Mr Varro served as IEA Head of Gas, Coal and Power Markets. In this post he was responsible for gas market and supply security analysis, LNG markets, gas market reforms and infrastructure policy. He led the Electricity Security Action Plan, the IEA work programme that provides comprehensive coverage of the policy, market design, infrastructure regulation and investment aspects of maintaining electricity security during the transition to a low-carbon power system.
Before joining the IEA, Mr Varro was the Director for Strategy Development at MOL Group. From 2000 to 2005, he worked as the Head of Price Regulation at the Hungarian Energy Office. A Hungarian national, Mr Varro started his career at the National Bank of Hungary after completing his graduate degree at the University of Cambridge and the Corvinus University of Budapest.

Patrick ZAK

Patrick ZAK   Pre-Development & Marketing Director, EDF – New Nuclear Projects and Engineering

Patrick Zak, who graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Techniques Industrielles et des Mines de Douai, joined EDF in 1982. He has been working for EDF for 30 years and occupied various management positions in different nuclear plants within EDF fleet, among which Cruas where he was appointed as Head of Operation Department from 1993 to 1998.
He has an international background as he was involved for operation in Daya Bay nuclear project in China in beginning 1990s, later appointed in EDF subsidiaries in Poland from 1999 to 2004 where he was head of commercial department in EC Krakow (1260 MWth / 460MWe cogeneration plant owned by EDF) and member of the board of EC Zielona Gora (coal cogeneration plant) in charge of a CCGT project (combined cycle gas turbine). Back in France, he has been appointed as deputy project manager of UK EPR project in Engineering Division of EDF before being nominated as deputy head of EDF China Division in Beijing, in charge of development and asset management. Since the beginning of 2016 is Mr. Zak working in the “Development Division” of “New Nuclear Projects and Engineering Direction” as Predevelopment & Marketing Director.