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Mr. Jon Ball

Executive Vice President, Nuclear Plant Projects

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy

Jon Ball is Executive Vice President of Nuclear Plant Projects for GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, a position he assumed in November 2015. In this role he leads the development and execution of new plant strategies globally.


Jon has been a leader in the nuclear industry for more than 20 years and has a wide-range of experience in manufacturing, global operations, services, quality and P&L leadership.


From 2012-2015 Jon served as Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain, where he led more than 1,000 employees worldwide in manufacturing and logistics. Prior to that Jon spent seven years in services where he led both the performance services and field services segments.  


Before that he spent seven years with Global Nuclear Fuel, a joint venture majority owned by GE, serving in several positions including global supply chain leader, quality manager and lab manager.
Jon is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt with a B.S. in Chemistry from Pacific Lutheran University and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University.

Mr. David Blee

Executive Director

U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council

David Blee serves as Executive Director of the U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council – the leading business consortium advocate for new nuclear energy and the involvement of the U.S. supply chain globally. The Council represents more than 80 companies comprising the “Who’s Who” of nuclear energy across a broad mix of the American supply chain, including key mover utilities, M&Os, manufacturers, suppliers and services companies.


Mr. Blee’s public service experience includes his current appointment on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee and past appointments as a Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy and Director of Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of Energy – and as Chief of Staff to former U.S. Senator Connie Mack, during his service in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Prior to his current assignments, Mr. Blee was an Executive Vice President for NAC International, a U.S.-based energy services and technology company, where he directed the company’s Worldwide Consulting Group and Marketing & Business Development portfolios. Mr. Blee was previously a Senior Vice President for the Wall Street-Washington DC-based Robinson, Lake, Lerer and Montgomery, a strategic communications firm.

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Mr. Jay Brister
Vice President of Business Development

Jay Brister is Vice President of Business Development for the Power Business Unit of AECOM’s Energy, Infrastructure and Industrial Construction Group. With more than 33 years of nuclear power experience, he is currently responsible for developing global nuclear power-related business opportunities for AECOM. Prior to joining AECOM, Mr. Brister was the Chief Business Development Officer for Babcock & Wilcox’s Generation mPower Small Modular Reactor where he was responsible for the global order book for the technology.


Mr. Brister’s work in the commercial nuclear utility industry includes a Prefeasibility Study for Nuclear Power for the Energy Market Authority in Singapore and several years in Abu Dhabi working on the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation’s nuclear new build program. He has held various management roles at multiple nuclear power plants in the U.S. as well as consulting roles in the UK, Poland, UAE, Canada, and Korea. 

He has been involved in more than twenty nuclear power plant and corporate acquisition opportunities, multiple nuclear new build programs and has successfully concluded $22.5B (USD) in transactions. He has conducted nuclear power feasibility studies, risk analyses, reactor vendor negotiations, and cost analysis of a wide range of nuclear technologies, and state and federal level regulatory strategy development supporting nuclear power. 


Mr. Brister holds a B.S. degree in Nuclear Engineering Technology from Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, New Jersey and is a former U.S. NRC licensed nuclear operator at Grand Gulf Nuclear Station.

Mr. Steve Clagett
Director, Nuclear and Missile Technology
U.S. Department of Commerce

Steven Clagett has been with the Department of Commerce's, Bureau of Industry and Security (BlS) since 1989. He is currently the Director of the Nuclear and Missile Technology Division, of the Office of Non Proliferation Controls and Treaty Compliance. Prior to becoming Director, he served as senior engineer with the Nuclear Technology Division where he was responsible for regulatory issues dealing with the export of nuclear items and also advised on exports of missile related items.


He has represented Commerce at the various international negotiations including the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), Hague Code of Conduct (HCOC), Zangger Committee, and numerous others. He has also represented Commerce at COCOM negotiations on Marine Technology and in other transportation related areas. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University and a Masters in Engineering Administration from George Washington University.

Mr. Grahm Cable

Vice President, Global Market Development

New Plants and Major Projects
Westinghouse Electric Company

Graham Cable is responsible for growth in global markets for Westinghouse’s New Plant and Major Projects business. In this role, he is accountable for establishing business platforms in emerging markets; customer, supplier and stakeholder relationships; commercial offers; and new business. He was appointed to the position in September 2014. 


Prior to his current role, Mr. Cable served as vice president, Strategic Operations, in Westinghouse’s Automation and Field Services business, where he championed strategic growth, led program support functions and established business operations in Shanghai, China. 


Earlier, Mr. Cable held a number of operating and strategy roles at Westinghouse, with responsibility for Automation and Field Services strategy and product marketing, Instrumentation and Control Systems, Nuclear Parts Operations and Corporate Strategy. Mr. Cable joined Westinghouse in 2004. 


Prior to joining Westinghouse, Mr. Cable was executive director at a merchant investment bank in Washington, D.C. In this capacity, he directed client acquisition and divestiture mandates in the equipment manufacturing and specialty chemicals sectors. 


Earlier, Mr. Cable held positions of increasing responsibility with Eaton Corporation and the successor to its semiconductor equipment business, Axcelis Technologies. He began his career as a management consultant with Price Waterhouse in Geneva, Switzerland. 


Mr. Cable has a bachelor’s degree in Business Economics from Brown University and an MBA from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

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Mr. Edward Davis
Sustainable Fuel Cycle Task Force

Edward M. Davis is a senior nuclear industry consultant with over 40 years of nuclear industry experience in a number of senior management roles, including engineering, business development, project finance, marketing, strategic planning as well as governmental affairs. In his long career, Mr. Davis has developed a wide range of knowledge on energy and environmental issues both domestic and internationally and has a keen understanding of governmental policymaking, regulatory compliance, state rate making, as well as legislative and political affairs.


Currently, Mr. Davis serves as President and Managing Director of the Pegasus Group where he is responsible for providing strategic consulting services to a wide range of clients in the energy and electric utility industries as well as Federal agencies in a number of strategic areas. Mr. Davis is a subject matter expert in his field and has testified before Congress and State Public Utility Commissions on nuclear energy issues.


Mr. Davis has extensive experience with the new nuclear plant build program, including technology reviews and assessments of alternative reactor systems, risk assessments of proposed new and operating nuclear plant projects and project finance and due diligence and credit reviews of proposed new nuclear plants.


Prior to founding the Pegasus Group in 2002, Ed served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of NAC International where he helped pioneer the dry cask storage at a number of nuclear plants across the country from 1994-2002.


Prior to that Mr. Davis served as president and chief executive officer of American Nuclear Energy Council (ANEC), the nuclear industry’s legislative and governmental arm prior to the formation of NEI. While at ANEC, Mr. Davis led the successful industry efforts to pass the Nuclear Waste Policy Act in 1982 and won congressional approval for standardization and combined licenses as part of the Energy Policy Act of 1995. In 2005, Mr. Davis worked to support congressional passage federal loan guarantees for advanced nuclear facilities as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.


Mr. Davis earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Nuclear Engineering and his Master of Business Administration from the George Mason University. Mr. Davis is a member of the American Nuclear Society and associate member of the Southern States Energy Board.

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Mr. William Fork
Senior Lawyer
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Will Fork is a senior lawyer in the law firm's Energy practice and is located in the Washington, DC office. He represents electric utilities and companies on international energy transaction, export control, nuclear liability and domestic regulatory issues. He assists clients regarding the regulation of international nuclear power plants, nuclear vendor procurement, and agreements for the construction, operation, and fueling of nuclear power units. He served as the General Counsel of a civil nuclear power program and attended the International School of Nuclear Law in Montpellier, France.


Prior to joining Pillsbury, Mr. Fork was a Fulbright Scholar at Bucerius Law School in Germany, an Armor Captain in the United States Army, and intern to Robert Mayer, Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

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Mr. William A. (Bill) Fox III

President, Technical Services & Nuclear Energy

BWX Technologies, Inc.

William A. (Bill) Fox, III leads the federal and commercial services businesses of BWXT made up Nuclear Energy, Technical Services and mPower small modular reactor business segments of the Company. He also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Generation mPower LLC (GmP).


The Nuclear Energy segment contains BWXT’s large component nuclear manufacturing facility in Canada, nuclear inspection and repair services to operating reactors, and new and advanced plant designs including SRM’s. The Technical Services Segment performs work with the DOE and other federal labs and government entities providing LLC management, waste management and processing, decontamination, remediation and decommissioning services, nuclear operations and management and operations services for these facilities.


Mr. Fox has more than 37 years of nuclear industry experience, including design engineering, procurement, construction, and safety culture leadership experience. Prior to joining the Company, he served as the Senior Vice President and Project Director for Chicago Bridge & Iron (CB&I, formerly Shaw), where he was responsible for the complete engineering, procurement, construction and start-up of the AP1000 nuclear units being built at the VC Summer plant in Jenkinsville, South Carolina, a position he held for almost six years.


Prior to this assignment, Mr. Fox was responsible for the construction and procurement planning for AREVA’s EPR reactor technology in the U.S. He has also served as President of the Steam Generator Team (SGT) joint venture, delivering nuclear steam generator and reactor head replacement engineering, construction and services to the nuclear industry.


Mr. Fox brings a wealth of project and construction experience on major projects in the nuclear power and related industries, as well as business, financial and executive management, holding positions at almost every level and area throughout his career. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of South Carolina and is a registered professional engineer, licensed in four states.

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Kam Ghaffarian

Founder & CEO 


Kam is a successful entrepreneur dedicated to creating companies that operate with the highest integrity, promote employee well-being, and deliver the best technical solutions to customers. Kam’s primary business is SGT, Inc., NASA’s second largest engineering services provider. SGT employs over 2,000 people and generates annual revenues of approximately $500M. In 2009, Kam received the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Government Services category for the Maryland Region. Prior to founding SGT, Kam held numerous technical and management positions at several companies including Lockheed Martin, Ford Aerospace, and Loral. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science in Engineering, a B.S. in Electronics Engineering, a Master’s of Science in Information Management, and a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems. Kam also uses his companies as a positive force in their communities, including mentoring other small businesses, supporting disadvantaged schools, and other community outreach programs.

Mr. James Glasgow
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

James Glasgow is a partner in Pillsbury’s Energy practice and is located in the Washington, DC office. He has 40 years of Federal government and private sector experience on a wide variety of regulatory, contractual and international trade aspects of licensing, constructing and operating nuclear power plants and facilities for mining, converting, enriching and fabricating uranium into nuclear fuel.


Mr. Glasgow counsels domestic and foreign clients on domestic and international regulation of nuclear power plants and nuclear fuel cycle facilities, the import/export licensing requirements of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the Department of Commerce and the Department of Energy (DOE) rules regarding U.S. assistance to foreign atomic energy programs. He also counsels clients on bilateral agreements for cooperation concerning peaceful uses of nuclear energy, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards agreements, laws and international agreements concerning nuclear liability and other agreements and rules that govern the international supply of components, services and fuel for nuclear power stations. He also advises clients on nuclear liability and other issues that arise under contracts for the procurement and transportation of nuclear fuel and contracts concerning remediation of radioactively contaminated facilities.


After serving as law clerk during 1969-1970 to the Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Mr. Glasgow began his energy and environmental law practice as a charter member of the Pollution Control Section of the U.S. Justice Department's Land and Natural Resources Division. From 1973-1976, Mr. Glasgow served in the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. His litigation efforts were recognized by the Justice Department and the NRC, which gave him outstanding performance awards. From 1976 to 1981, Mr. Glasgow served as a senior legal adviser and deputy assistant general counsel for International Affairs in the Office of General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Energy and its predecessor, the U.S. Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA). Mr. Glasgow represented ERDA and DOE on U.S. delegations engaged in the negotiation of peaceful nuclear cooperation agreements. In 1981, he received an award from DOE for his work in "devising the complex mechanisms for implementation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Act of 1978."


Mr. Glasgow has testified on trade issues before the Science and Technology Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. On May 6, 2010, he testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs' Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade, at a hearing entitled, "The Future of U.S. International Nuclear Cooperation." Mr. Glasgow has presented papers and served as chairman of sessions and panels at conferences sponsored by numerous organizations, including the World Nuclear Association, the Nuclear Energy Institute, the American Nuclear Society, the U.S. India Business Council and the Uranium Institute.


Mr. Glasgow was recognized by the WM Symposium, Inc. with the WM Symposia Fellow Award for his distinguished contribution to the advancement of radioactive waste and radioactive material management.

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Mr. Richard Goorevich

Senior Policy Advisor
National Nuclear Security Administration  

Richard S. Goorevich is a Senior Policy Advisor for Nuclear Fuel-Cycle and Regulatory Issues the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Agency. He is responsible for providing policy and technical guidance to the USG on international nuclear affairs, nuclear safeguards, nuclear and WMD Dual-Use export control policies, and international physical protection requirements. He frequently serves as a negotiator for US agreements for nuclear cooperation and has served as a delegate to the IAEA General Conference and the NPT Review Conference. Mr. Goorevich is the current Chairman of the Nuclear Suppliers Group Consultative Group and is a member of the USG's delegation to the NPT Exporter's Committee. His office is also responsible for the issuing of US export authorizations for nuclear assistance, commonly referred to as “810 authorizations”. Prior to joining the Office of International Regimes and Agreements, Mr. Goorevich spent two years working in the Department of Energy's New Production Reactor Program. Mr. Goorevich received his B.A. in History from Miami University in 1988, and his M.A. in History from the University of Buffalo in 1990.

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Mr. Donald Hoffman

President and CEO

EXCEL Services Corporation

Donald R. Hoffman founded EXCEL Services Corporation (EXCEL) in 1985 to provide specialized professional services to nuclear utilities in licensing and regulatory support and technical specifications. In the quarter century since the formation of the company, EXCEL has become recognized as a premier worldwide supplier of regulatory support services.

Mr. Hoffman is very active in the nuclear industry. He is a Past President of the American Nuclear Society. He is also the president of Eagle Alliance, a US grassroots organization that represents all facets of nuclear science and technology.

Prior to starting EXCEL, Mr. Hoffman served in the US Nuclear Submarine Navy as a senior reactor operator and engineering officer and as a Branch Chief and lead reviewer at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission reviewing License Applications and Technical Specifications.

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Mr. Walter S. Howes
Managing Partner
Verdigris Capital Group

Walter S. Howes is the Managing Partner of Verdigris Capital, LLC, a private equity partnership focused on sustainable solutions in the areas of – energy, transportation, agriculture, construction and information management.


Prior to founding Verdigris, Mr. Howes served at the U.S. Department of Energy in numerous positions, including, Director for the Office of Acquisition Reform and Privatization, where he was the principal advisor to the Secretary of Energy in the formulation, guidance and implementation of the Department’s privatization and contract reform initiatives. He also held the position of Senior Advisor for Acquisition Policy and was the initial Director of the Loan Guarantee Office as established by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 where he formed a new entity now responsible for awarding and directing over $40 billion in Federal Loan Guarantees to drive the commercialization of sustainable, innovative energy and infrastructure projects.


Walter has also worked extensively with the U.S. and foreign laboratory systems with a focus on commercialization of technologies in energy and other resource-intensive markets. In addition to government service, he has over 25 years of experience in global investment and commercial banking, venture capital and international privatization activities, having served as President of the EBI Capital Group, Vice President for the First Boston Corporation and Citicorp, and with the Ministry of Industry & Finance for the Czech Government. Mr. Howes graduated with honors from Duke University in 1979. He has an MBA in International Finance from New York University.

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Mr. Simon Irish
Chief Executive, Director
Terrestrial Energy

Simon Irish co-founded Terrestrial Energy Inc., in 2012 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer.  He has over 20 years of investment banking and asset management experience in top-tier investment firms in both New York and London, complemented by a formal education in the quantitative sciences and quantitative finance.


In 2009, Mr. Irish founded SWH Capital LLC a New York based investment firm to focus on innovative businesses in the financial, energy and healthcare sectors. Mr. Irish is the former Head of MGS in North America, investment division of Man Group PLC where his responsibilities extended to sourcing and appraising corporate acquisition opportunities.. During his tenure at Man, Mr. Irish ran a strategic deal program, which was one of the largest and most active seed investment businesses in North America.  In conjunction with this Mr. Irish was responsible for sourcing and appraising corporate acquisition opportunities for Man Group Plc.


Mr. Irish holds an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and an MSc in Finance from the London Business School.  


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Ms. Deborah Jackson
Deputy Director, Division of Engineering Infrastructure and Engineering, Office of New Reactors
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Deborah A. Jackson is the Deputy Director, Division of Engineering Infrastructure and Advanced Reactors, Office of New Reactors.   Ms. Jackson joined the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 1987 in the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation.  Since that time, she has held positions of increasing responsibility in the Offices of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, Nuclear Regulatory Research, Nuclear Materials Safety and Safeguards and Federal and State Materials and Environmental Management.  Ms. Jackson has also completed temporary assignments in the Office of the Executive Director of Operations, Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response, Office of the Chief Financial Officer and Regions II and III.   Prior to joining the NRC, Ms. Jackson worked in the commercial nuclear power industry as a design engineer, construction inspector and auditor for several nuclear power plants.  Ms. Jackson has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University and is a graduate of the NRC’s SES Candidate Development Program.

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Dr. John Kelly

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy

U.S. Department of Energy

Dr. John E. Kelly was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Reactor Technologies in the Office of Nuclear Energy in October 2010. His office is responsible for the Department of Energy (DOE) civilian nuclear reactor research and development portfolio, which includes DOE’s programs on Small Modular Reactors, Light Water Reactor sustainability, and Generation IV reactors. His office also is responsible for the design, development, and production of radioisotope power systems, principally for NASA missions. In the international arena, Dr. Kelly chairs the Generation IV International Forum and the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Standing Advisory Group on Nuclear Energy.

Prior to joining the Department of Energy, Dr. Kelly spent 30 years at Sandia National Laboratories where he has been engaged in a broad spectrum of research programs in nuclear reactor safety, advanced nuclear energy technology, and national security. His reactor safety research focused on core melt progression phenomena, which led to an improved understanding of the Three Mile Island accident.

Dr. Kelly is an active member of the American Nuclear Society and has served on the Nuclear Installations Safety Division in a number of leadership positions.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Kelly received his B.S. in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan in 1976 and his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980. Dr. Kelly married his wife, Suzanne, in 1976. They have three grown children, Julie, John, and Michael.

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Mr. Stephen Kuczynski

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Southern Nuclear Operating Company

Stephen Kuczynski is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Southern Nuclear Operating Company. In this role, he is responsible for all operations of Southern Company's six nuclear reactors. He is also responsible for new nuclear development initiatives, including the construction of Plant Vogtle Units 3 and 4 near Augusta, Ga. He was elected Chairman, President and CEO, effective July 11, 2011.

Kuczynski has more than 30 years of experience in the nuclear industry. Most recently he was the Senior Vice President of Exelon Nuclear's Midwest Operations. In that role, Kuczynski had oversight of all operational functions for Exelon Nuclear's six Illinois operating facilities and 11 reactors. Prior to that role, Kuczynski was the Senior Vice President of Operations Support in which he was responsible for the performance of Outage Services, Training, Emergency Preparedness, Security, Chemistry, Radiation Protection, Operations, Maintenance, Work Control and Industrial Safety for the Exelon Nuclear fleet.

Previously, Kuczynski worked at Byron Station. He joined the Byron team in 1999 and held manager positions in Nuclear Oversight and Maintenance before becoming Plant Manager in 2001. He was named Byron Site Vice President in 2003. Kuczynski also worked at Exelon's Dresden Station from 1984-99. During that time, he played an integral part in the successful improvement effort to have the site removed from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) Watchlist.

Kuczynski holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and earned a Senior Reactor Operator (SRO) License from the NRC.

Ms. Carol Lane
Government Relations

Carol represents X-energy, LLC for government relations interfacing with both the Hill and executive branch departments/agencies.


Carol began her career as the energy and science/technology legislative assistant for Senator Harrison Schmitt in the U.S. Senate.  She became staff director of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Science, Technology and Space of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. She also worked on the Senate Budget Committee on space and energy issues.


In 1988, President Reagan appointed Carol as the Director of the Office of Commercial Space Transportation, under the Secretary of Transportation.  In this role, she was responsible for licensing commercial launch systems.  She was the DOT representative to the negotiations with the Chinese to establish the first launch services trade agreement, as well as presiding over the first licensed commercial launch in the U.S. in 1989.


During her tenure in industry she was the Vice President of Ball Aerospace Washington Operations. Carol’s employment comprises service with the Federal government and Congress, as well as over 15 years in industry with Lockheed Martin, Ball Aerospace and TRW (Northrop Grumman).


Carol graduated from George Washington University.  She is also the winner of a Gold Plaque Award in Sales and Marketing, in the International Communications Film and Video Competition; and she has authored numerous presentations and papers.  Carol also serves as Vice President for Development of ARCS Metro Washington Chapter (STEM).

Mr. Llewellyn King

Executive Producer

White House Chronicle

Llewellyn King is the host and executive producer of "White House Chronicle" — a news and public affairs program airing on PBS and public access television channels nationwide, and on XM Satellite Radio.

He is also a nationally syndicated columnist.


A journalist for more than 50 years, Mr. King has worked for Time, London's Daily Mirror, the BBC, The New York Herald Tribune — and The Washington Post.


Prior to the 1973 energy crisis, he founded The Energy Daily — the flagship of King Publishing Group, his newsletter publishing company, whose other titles included Defense Week and New Technology Week.

Mr. King has commented on a range of subjects for the "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," NPR, CNN, C-SPAN and Voice of America.


He is the author of "Washington and the World — 2001-2005," a collection of his op-ed columns distributed by Knight-Ridder Syndicate and published in newspapers throughout the United States, including The Miami Herald, The San Diego Union-Tribune, The Columbus Dispatch and The Providence Journal.

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Mr. KP Lau


Fraser Energy Consulting, LLC

KP Lau is President of Fraser Energy Consulting, LLC, a firm that provides international nuclear energy consulting services with a particular focus on China. The major recent accomplishments of Fraser Energy Consulting were in the areas of bridging nuclear R&D between the US national labs and the Chinese counter parties (such as the Chinese Academy of Science and Tsinghua University), developing nuclear equipment and technology market in China for the US companies and promoting nuclear safety culture to the international standards in China. In this role, Mr. Lau has been dealing with the management of relevant corporations, senior governmental and regulatory officials of both countries.


Previously, Mr. Lau was with the Department of Energy where he directed international nuclear cooperation activities for the Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE). In 2008, he resigned from DOE to participate in Senator John McCain’s (R-AZ) presidential campaign as a member of the Energy Advisory Committee and served as one of his surrogates in energy policy debates during the campaign.

Mr. Lau has over 40 years of energy experience in technical, management, legislative and commercial areas. Legislatively, he served first as an AAAS/IEEE Congressional Engineering Fellow in 1984, and then as a professional staff in the R&D Subcommittee of Senate’s Energy and Natural Resource Committee and also with the Environment and Public Works Committee. Later, he was vice president of American Nuclear Energy Council, a predecessor to Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), from 1989 to 1992 with a portfolio of legislative activities that include advanced reactors, uranium enrichment privatization, and nuclear power plant licensing reform. While working for DOE, he was detailed back by request from Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM), then the Ranking Republican member, to the Senate Energy Committee in 2007 as Sr. Nuclear Energy Advisor.


At DOE, Mr. Lau participated in the formulation of U.S. international nuclear energy policy and led the development, negotiation, and implementation of bi-lateral and multi-lateral international agreements on nuclear energy R&D with international agencies and foreign partners which included France, Japan, South Korea, Russia and China.


He has served as a steering committee member of both the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Nuclear Energy Agency in Paris, and the International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. He has served as a Policy Group member of the Generation IV International Forum (GIF), and negotiated the system agreements on high temperature gas cooled reactors and Sodium cooled fast reactors. He led technical teams to Beijing and Moscow and successfully led the effort to admit Russia and China into GIF membership. He played a leading role in the drafting and the interagency review for the MOU that permitted the technology transfer and the sale to China of Westinghouse AP 1000 nuclear reactors.


Prior to DOE, Mr. Lau was president of an independent consulting firm that focused on the energy sector in China for nine years and a partner with former Senator Bennett Johnston (DLA) in Johnston Development Company for four years, and he worked for Duke Power for 18 years in power plant design, management and governmental affairs.


Mr. Lau holds a BSEE from UNC-Charlotte. He is registered professional engineer in North Carolina and South Carolina. He currently serves on the IEEE-USA Energy Policy Committee as an at-large member and on the International Committee of the American Nuclear Society. Previously, he served as IEEE NC Council Chairman and Chairman of Automatic and Supervisory System Subcommittee, Substation Committee of PES. He received many leadership and publication awards. Notably, he was selected to represent PES in the IEEE BiCentennial film celebrating the achievement of electrical power engineering. He speaks fluent Chinese including the Mandarin and Cantonese dialects.

Mr. Paul Longsworth
Vice President of International Nuclear 
Fluor Corporation

Mr. Longsworth, the Vice President of International Environmental / Nuclear at Fluor Corporation, has 25 years of experience in energy, environmental, national security, and nonproliferation matters. He has worked in the private sector as well as the executive and legislative branches of government.


From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Longsworth served as Vice President for European Sales and Business Development in Fluor's London office, where he was responsible for establishing an environmental/nuclear business unit in the UK to pursue projects throughout Europe and Russia.


Prior to joining Fluor, Mr. Longsworth was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation within the National Nuclear Security Administration.  He was responsible for delivering a $1.7 billion global nonproliferation and threat reduction program.


Previous government experience also includes serving as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of Energy, a Professional Staff Member on the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and a Division Director in the DOE Office of Science and Technology.  Other experience includes working in the in the Advanced Energy and Environmental Systems Division of BDM International Corporation and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.


Mr. Longsworth has a B.S. in Finance and Economics and lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and two sons.

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Ms. Lauren Mayros

International Policy Analyst

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Lauren Mayros is an International Policy Analyst in the Office of International Programs at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  Before commencing her current position, Ms. Mayros worked as a Licensing Officer in the NRC’s international office and also spent six months on rotation to the Department of State, in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation.  Her areas of expertise are nuclear nonproliferation, export controls, the Nuclear Suppliers Group, 123 agreements, and nuclear security.  Prior to joining the U.S. government, Ms. Mayros worked for the Nuclear Suppliers Group Secretariat in Vienna, Austria.  Ms. Mayros received her Bachelor’s Degree from Emory University in International Studies and a Master’s Degree in International Security Studies from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

Hon. Jeffrey Merrifield
Former Commissioner, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Chairman, USNIC Advanced Reactor Task Force;
Partner - Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Jeffrey Merrifield is a partner in the Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s energy practice.  Mr. Merrifield was appointed by President Clinton and reappointed by President Bush to serve on the five-member, Senate-confirmed, independent United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission. During his tenure, which was from October 1998 to June 2002 and from August 2002 to June 2007, the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission had a staff of 3,250 employees with a budget of $900 million and set all policies and rules that govern the safe and secure use of nuclear materials at the 104 U.S. nuclear power plants operating at that time.


Prior to joining Pillsbury, Mr. Merrifield served as President of The Merrifield Group, LLC where he provided energy and environmental consulting, advocacy and strategic advice for companies, organizations and individuals. Specific areas of focus included management, energy market analysis, nuclear, fossil and alternative energy policy and deployment, radioactive and hazardous waste disposal strategies, safety and regulatory assessment and analysis, as well as public and government engagement.


Before working with the Merrifield Group, Mr. Merrifield was the Senior Vice President of Global Business Development with CB&I’s Power Business Unit. While there, he led a team of twenty-five sales and proposal staff to develop and win over $1.5 billion in annual sales, including the first competitive, EPC combined cycle gas unit in over six years.


Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President for The Shaw Group, Inc.’s Power Group. As a member of the Power Group's executive team, he was responsible for overseeing the group's external relationships including nuclear business development, customer relations, strategic planning, marketing and communications, as well as government and regulatory affairs.


Mr. Merrifield also served on the Board of Directors for the U.S. Ecology Corporation, which is one of the largest U.S. operators of both hazardous and low-level radioactive waste disposal facilities. He served as the Lead Director and Chairman of the Governance Committee, and was a member of the Compensation and Audit Committees.


Currently, Mr. Merrifield serves as the Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council’s Advanced Reactors Task Force.  Composed of more than 70 companies, the Council is the leading business consortium advocate for new nuclear energy and the promotion of the American supply chain globally.

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Mr. Paul Murphy

Managing Director, Energy Group

Gowling WLG

Paul Murphy’s practice focuses covers multiple aspects of the energy and infrastructure project sector. From project development and structuring to contracting and financing, Paul's practice has spanned a variety of sectors, to include nuclear power, thermal power, renewable energy, PPP structures, pipelines, LNG facilities, process technologies, and emerging technologies.

In the nuclear sector, Paul has experience in multiple aspects of the nuclear industry – from legal and policy matters, including international regulatory and treaty frameworks and issues regarding nuclear liability, to strategies for creating viable nuclear power programs and the identification and mitigation of associated risks – representing developers/owners, investors, lenders, and contractors on nuclear projects globally.

He has been recognized by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the OECD's Nuclear Energy Agency, the International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation, and the US government for his knowledge and work in the development and financing of nuclear power programs. He currently serves on the IAEA’s Technical Cooperation Program team, which assists member states in developing nuclear power programs. He has served as a designated advisor, chairman, and author at several special meetings and for multiple working groups of the IAEA, NEA, and IFNEC, primarily involving the development, financing, and structuring of nuclear power projects.

He has served as a three-time appointee on the US Secretary of Commerce’s Civilian Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee and has been recognized for the last three years in the publication, Who's Who Legal: Energy.

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Mr. Andrew Paterson
Verdigris Capital Group

Andrew "Andy" Paterson has more than 30 years’ experience working in the energy and environmental sectors. For Verdigris Capital, he advises a variety of clients on public sector and project finance, and on market strategy.


Previously he served as a Director for Econergy, a clean energy and carbon offset developer, where he managed consulting engagements on a variety of projects for energy, environmental and power sector clients in North America and abroad. During the last 10 years he served as a financial advisor to the nascent DOE Loan Guarantee Program, and as the lead commercial market analyst for a number of energy sector studies with the Department of Energy.

Andy has a BA from Stanford University in Human Biology and Environmental Policy and attended the Cornell Graduate School of Business. He speaks on energy trends and environmental topics to a number of trade associations regularly, and is a moderator for the CCS Alliance. He has contributed to Environmental Business Journal since its founding in 1989.

Mr. Richard Stratford
Director, Office of Nuclear Energy, Safety & Security
U.S. Department of State

Richard J. K. Stratford is the Director of the Office of Nuclear Energy, Safety, and Security in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation. He is responsible for guidance on international nuclear energy affairs, nuclear export control policies, nuclear cooperation agreements, nuclear safety, physical protection, radioactive source security, and international initiatives in nuclear energy technology.


Mr. Stratford’s office is responsible for overseeing the diplomatic aspects of U.S. participation in the Nuclear Energy Agency of the OECD, and in April 2006, Mr. Stratford was elected to be the Chairman of the Steering Committee of the NEA.

Mr. Stratford is a frequent U.S. delegate to the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), where he has represented the United States in the IAEA's Committee of the Whole. Mr. Stratford chaired the Committee of the Whole in 1997 and 2005 and was one of the two Vice-Chairmen in 1999.


Mr. Stratford is the U.S. Head of Delegation to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and the NSG's Consultative Group, and to the NPT Exporters Committee (Zangger Committee). He was the U.S. Head of Delegation and chief negotiator of the Nuclear Safety Convention and the Joint Convention on the Safe Management of Spent Fuel and Radioactive Waste. He led the U.S. efforts to negotiate amendments to strengthen the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM) and was the head of delegation to the CPPNM Diplomatic Conference. He is a career member of the Senior Executive Service
(SES 5).

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Mr. Robert (Bobby) Wilson
Chairman, U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council;

President, CB&I Project Services Group, LLC;

Chairman, CB&I AREVA MOX Services

Robert (Bobby) Wilson is the current Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council – the leading business consortium advocate for new nuclear energy and the promotion of the U.S. supply chain globally. Additional, Bobby serves as President of CB&I Project Services Group, LLC and Chairman of the Board of Directors for CB&I AREVA MOX Services. Previously Bobby served as Vice President of The Shaw Group, a position he held for 25 years, until the company was acquired by CB&I in 2013. 


Bobby commands a wealth of both domestic and international experience in engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance projects with over 40 years working on some of the most challenging enterprises in nuclear energy, fossil power, petrochemical, infrastructure, and energy sectors, holding positions at almost every level and area throughout his career.

Hon. Daniel B. Poneman
President and Chief Executive Officer
Centrus Energy Corp.
Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy (2009–2014)

Daniel B. Poneman is president and chief executive officer of Centrus Energy Corp.  He also serves on the company’s board of directors.

From 2009 to 2014, Mr. Poneman was the Deputy Secretary of Energy, also serving as the chief operating officer of the U.S. Department of Energy. His responsibilities spanned the range of US energy policies and programs – hydrocarbons, renewables, nuclear, and efficiency – including cybersecurity, project management, national security, and international cooperation.  He was also responsible for the Department’s efforts on resilience and emergency response, in cases ranging from Fukushima to Hurricane Sandy. Between April 23, 2013, and May 21, 2013, Mr. Poneman served as Acting Secretary of Energy.

Prior to assuming his responsibilities as Deputy Secretary, Mr. Poneman served as a principal of the Scowcroft Group for eight years, providing strategic advice to corporations in a variety of strategic industries. In addition, for eight years he practiced law as a partner at Hogan & Hartson and an associate at Covington & Burling, advising clients on regulatory and policy matters.

In prior tours in government, Mr. Poneman served as a White House Fellow and as Director of Defense Policy and Arms Control for the National Security Council. From 1993 through 1996 he was Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Nonproliferation and Export Controls at the National Security Council. His responsibilities included the development and implementation of U.S. policy in such areas as peaceful nuclear cooperation, missile technology, space-launch activities, sanctions determinations, chemical and biological arms control efforts, and conventional arms transfer policy.

Mr. Poneman has published widely on national security issues and is the author of Nuclear Power in the Developing World and Argentina: Democracy on Trial. His third book, Going Critical: The First North Korean Nuclear Crisis (coauthored with Joel Wit and Robert Gallucci), received the 2005 Douglas Dillon Award for Distinguished Writing on American Diplomacy. Mr. Poneman is a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School, a Distinguished Fellow at the Paulson Institute, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Mr. Poneman received A.B. and J.D. degrees with honors from Harvard University and an M.Litt. in Politics from Oxford University.

Ms. Rosemary Yeremian
Strategic Insights Inc.

Rosemary is CEO and founder of Strategic Insights Inc., a market intelligence and business development advisory firm specializing in nuclear energy.  Strategic Insights is best known for its publication of several in-depth market outlooks, including the 2015 SMR Market Outlook Report.


She is an Accredited Business Communicator and has been trained in Competitive Intelligence and Analysis by an ex-CIA analyst with the Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals Association.


Rosemary’s work has enabled companies to grow by implementing sound business development strategies and tactics, and by providing insights to fuel corporate growth through market knowledge and competitive analysis.  Her advice has steered between $5 million and $250 million on average to her clients.


Prior to founding Strategic Insights Inc., Rosemary was also responsible for Ontario Government Relations, competitive intelligence and analysis, Team CANDU coordination and activities, and Canadian marketing for Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL).


Rosemary is also the Past Chair of Ontario Nuclear New Build Council. 

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Competing In The
World Nuclear Energy Marketplace

June 6-7 | Mayflower Hotel | Washington, DC

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