Opening Plenary Session

Join INMM on Monday, July 17, 2017, for the Opening Plenary Session:

Nuclear Issues Impacting Global Security

The 2017 opening plenary session will feature a panel of distinguished speakers who will offer their perspectives on the topic Nuclear Issues Impacting Global Security. Their prepared remarks will be followed by a facilitated panel discussion and questions and answers from the audience.

Presenters:

Stephanie Cooke
Editor, Nuclear Intelligence Weekly 
Washington, DC USA

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Ambassador Laura S. H. Holgate
Senior Fellow (nonresident), Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Arlington, VA USA

Stephan Lechner
Director, Euratom Safeguards, European Commission Directorate General for Energy
Luxembourg

Presenter Biographies

Stephanie Cooke
Editor, Nuclear Intelligence Weekly 
Washington, DC USA

Stephanie Cooke is editor of Nuclear Intelligence Weekly, which is part of the global Energy Intelligence Group, with headquarters in London and New York. She is also author of In Mortal Hands: A Cautionary History of the Nuclear Age. She is based in Washington, DC USA. Cooke began her reporting career with the Associated Press.

During the 1980s, she began covering the nuclear industry as a reporter, then editor, for Nucleonics Week, NuclearFuel and Inside N.R.C.


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Ambassador Laura S. H. Holgate
Senior Fellow (nonresident), Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Arlington, VA USA

Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate served as U.S. Representative to the Vienna Office of the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency from July 11, 2016, to January 20, 2017. The United States Mission to International Organizations in Vienna works with seven major organizations of the United Nations system based in Vienna: the International Atomic Energy Agency; the UN Office on Drugs and Crime; the Preparatory Commission of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization; the UN Office of Outer Space Affairs; the Wassenaar Arrangement; the UN Commission on International Trade Law; and the UN Industrial Development Organization.  In this role, Ambassador Holgate advanced President Barack Obama’s commitment to design and implement global approaches to reduce global threats and seize global opportunities in the areas of nuclear nonproliferation, nuclear security, verification of the Iran Deal, nuclear testing, counterterrorism, anti-corruption, drug policy, export control, and the Nuclear Suppliers Group.  She also promoted gender balance in the staff and programming of the Vienna-based international organizations.

Ambassador Holgate was previously the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism and Threat Reduction on the National Security Council. In this role, she oversaw and coordinated the development of national policies and programs to reduce global threats from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons; detect, identify, secure and eliminate nuclear materials; prevent malicious use of biotechnology; and secure the civilian nuclear fuel cycle. She was also the U.S. Sherpa to the Nuclear Security Summits and co-led the effort to advance the President’s Global Health Security Agenda.

From 2001 to 2009, Ambassador Holgate was the Vice President for Russia/New Independent States Programs at the Nuclear Threat Initiative. Prior to that, Ambassador Holgate directed the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fissile Materials Disposition from 1998 to 2001, and was Special Coordinator for Cooperative Threat Reduction at the Department for Defense from 1995 through 1998, where she provided policy oversight of the “Nunn-Lugar” Cooperative Threat Reduction program.

Ambassador Holgate received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in politics from Princeton University and a Master of Science Degree in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and spent two years on the research staff at Harvard University’s Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government.  Ambassador Holgate is a member of the Strategic Advisory Group to Oak Ridge National Laboratory. She is a past President of Women in International Security and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  She and her husband live in Arlington, Virginia.


 

Stephan Lechner
Director, Euratom Safeguards, European Commission Directorate General for Energy
Luxembourg

Dr. Stephan Lechner, based in Luxembourg, is director of Euratom Safeguards at the European Commission's Directorate General for Energy. Before his appointment to this position in July 2016, Lechner was director of the Institute for the Protection and the Security of the Citizen at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy, for more than eight years. Before this role, he held various management positions and spent more than 18 years in the high-tech sector of private industries, at large international enterprises and at telecommunications operators. He managed international expert teams in Germany and China and has more than 25 years of experience in collaborative European projects. Lechner holds a degree in mathematics and computer sciences and a doctoral degree in cryptography.