Dr. Jacques Baute
Dr. Maria Betti
Dr. Bassam Abdullah Ayed Khuwaileh
Dr. Brent Park
Dr. Jacques Baute (Closing Plenary)
Dr. Jacques Baute has been Director of the Division of Information Management, Department of Safeguards, of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) since August of 2005. This division has the responsibility to collect, analyze and securely disseminate information from State Declaration and Open Sources, including satellite imagery and voluntary contributions. The division also provides expert technical preparation and evaluation of field results (e.g. statistical studies, sample analysis), and is a key contributor to the department-wide State Evaluation process leading to Safeguards conclusions.
Between 1999 and 2005, Dr. Baute was the Director of the Iraq Nuclear Verification Office (also known as the IAEA Iraq Action Team), which served as the office responsible for the implementation of the Director General’s United Nations Security Council mandate in Iraq. He joined the IAEA in 1994 to direct the assessment of weapons development in Iraq’s clandestine nuclear weapons program. Previously, Dr. Baute had various levels of responsibility in the research and development area at the Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique (CEA, French Atomic Energy Commission), which he joined in 1981. He graduated from the École Centrale des Arts et Manufactures, Paris, in 1981 and obtained a Doctorate in high-pressure physics in 1984. Between 1981 and 1994, in addition to his work at CEA, he taught Statistical Physics, Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics at the École Centrale des Arts et Manufactures at various university levels.
Dr. Maria Betti (Opening Plenary)
Dr. Maria Betti was appointed Director of G Nuclear Safety and Security and the JRC Karlsruhe site in July of 2016. The mission of the JRC Directorate G for Nuclear Safety and Security is the implementation of the JRC Euratom Research and Training Programme, and the maintenance and dissemination of nuclear competencies in Europe to serve both ''nuclear'' and ''non-nuclear'' member states. JRC Directorate G supports the relevant policy DGs with independent, technical and scientific evidence in the areas of nuclear safety, security and safeguards.
She has also held positions as Director of the EC Joint Research Centre Institute for Transuranium Elements, the Director of the IAEA Marine Environment Laboratories, and EC Head of Sector - Analytical Chemistry - at the Institute for Transuranium Elements (DG Joint Research Centre). In addition, she served the Italian National Research Council and the Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry of the University of Pisa, Italy, where she continued to lecture until 2012.
She obtained her Doctoral degree in Chemistry with a specialization in environmental, instrumental and radiochemistry, from the University of Pisa in 1984. She has authored 120 publications in the field of analytical chemistry, radiochemistry, environmental/instrumental chemistry as well as nuclear safeguards in international journals with high impact of factors. She also authored several chapters in scientific books and has participated in numerous international conferences as an invited speaker. In 2012 she was the international winner of the "Prix Monte-Carlo Femme de l'Année" for the establishment after the RIO+20 summit of the International Centre on Ocean Acidification at the IAEA office in the Principality of Monaco. From 2004 to 2008 she chaired the JRC Women and Science Network. Most recently, in November 2016, Betti was honored with the Magnificent Distinction by the Ordre de Saint Charles (Principality of Monaco).
Dr. Bassam Abdullah Ayed Khuwaileh (Closing Plenary)
Dr. Bassam Khuwaileh is an assistant professor at the University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Nuclear Engineering from the Jordan University of Science and Technology in 2012, followed by a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from North Carolina State University in 2015. His work experience includes a stint at the Los Alamos National Laboratory as a research assistant. Dr. Khuwaileh's research interest is Light Water Reactors Modeling and Analysis, and its applications in the nuclear fuel design and fuel cycle.
Mitsuo Koizumi (Closing Plenary)
Mitsuo Koizumi is a manager of the technology development promotion office of Integrated Support Center for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Nuclear Security (ISCN) of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA). He came to the field of nuclear security and safeguards as an ISCN member in June 2014, and has been involved in projects of research and development of nuclear material detection and measurement technologies for nuclear nonproliferation and security. One of his research works is development in 2012-2015 of a method named Nuclear Resonance Densitometry (NRD) for quantification of nuclear materials in particle-like debris. Currently he is involved in development of delayed gamma ray analysis (DGA) technique, and is also supporting ISCN technological development projects.
Sonia Fernández-Moreno (Closing Plenary)
Sonia Fernández-Moreno is a Planning and Evaluation Officer of the Brazilian-Argentine Agency for Accounting and Control of Nuclear Materials (ABACC). A senior expert in safeguards, nonproliferation and other nuclear energy policy issues with more than 30 years of experience, she is responsible for the evaluation of the verification system applied to Argentina and Brazil peaceful nuclear activities, the development and negotiations of safeguards concepts and approaches, and the technical coordination with the IAEA, the States authorities and the Operators on safeguards implementation matters.
Fernández-Moreno served in the federal government of Argentina in the Atomic Energy Commission and at the Nuclear Regulatory Authority for more than thirty years. She has been a member of the IAEA’s Director General Standing Advisory Group in Safeguards Implementation (SAGSI) for several years at the strengthening of IAEA safeguards process period, the Argentinean delegation to the IAEA’s Board of Governors, its Committee 24, the IAEA`s General, and the NPT review conferences. Author of several papers on nuclear issues, she continues to serve as a nuclear policy expert in technical and consultant meetings and is a professor in postgraduate university courses on nuclear energy for peaceful uses.
Julie Oddou (Closing Plenary)
Julie Oddou has served as the head of the Comité Technique Euratom (CTE), the French authority for international safeguards implementation, since October 2017. She has worked in the field of nonproliferation for more than 15 years, starting first as a technical expert at IRSN (the French TSO), focusing on the implementation of the provisions of Biological and Chemical Weapons Conventions in France.
After a move to the nuclear field in 2003, she was involved in the practical implementation of the Additional protocol in France that entered into force in 2004. Later, Oddou was appointed Chief of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Bureau at IRSN. In 2007, she joined the CTE, as a Safeguards Officer responsible for compliance with the Euratom and IAEA safeguards commitments of France. Between 2013 and 2017, Oddou was a nuclear Counselor at the Permanent Mission of France to the UN in Vienna on safeguards and nonproliferation issues. In May 2018, she was elected as Vice-President of ESARDA for 2019-2020 by the Steering Committee.
Brent Park (Opening Plenary)
Dr. Brent K. Park serves as the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation. He is a nuclear physicist with extensive experience in congressional and executive branch interactions. Dr. Park collaborates with and advises representatives of the U.S. national defense, homeland security, and intelligence communities in the application of advanced technologies to fulfill national security missions.
Prior to his current assignment, Dr. Park served as Associate Laboratory Director at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), leading the science-to-application efforts for the laboratory’s national security programs. He was responsible for DOE/NNSA programs at ORNL.
Before joining ORNL, he was the director of DOE/NNSA’s Remote Sensing Laboratory (RSL), where he led efforts to advance and field cutting-edge diagnostics and communications instruments in support of counterterrorism and radiological incident response for the nation. Earlier, he managed and contributed to basic and applied research programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in the areas of defense nuclear nonproliferation, nuclear emergency search team activities, modeling and analysis for nuclear weapons engineering efforts in support of stockpile stewardship, nuclear weapons physics, and basic physics research.
Dr. Park earned a bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics from Illinois State University and a master’s degree in physics with an emphasis on remote sensing at Indiana State University. Later he shifted the direction of his research to nuclear physics and earned a second master’s degree at Indiana University. He performed his thesis experiment using the spallation neutron source at LANL and earned a doctorate in physics from Ohio University.