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Tammy Taylor

Tammy Taylor has served as the Director of the International Data Centre (IDC) Division of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) since  August 2018. Before joining the CTBTO, Taylor served as the Chief Operating Officer of the National Security Directorate at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) where she led the mission execution, capability development, and project management of the directorate of three divisions and four project management offices representing more than 1,300 national security staff. Prior to joining PNNL in 2013, Tammy served in a number of positions over fifteen years at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). She served in positions as the Deputy Associate Director of Chemistry, Life and Earth Sciences, the Division Leader of Nuclear Engineering and Nonproliferation, a group leader, project leader, staff member and Director’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow. From early 2007 to mid-2010 she was an Intergovernmental Personnel Act assignee from LANL in the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President.  She managed the national science and technology portfolio on nuclear defence issues within the National Security and International Affairs Directorate of OSTP for Dr. John Holdren and Dr. Jack Marburger, Science Advisors to President Obama and President Bush, respectively. Tammy has a Master’s of Science and Doctorate of Philosophy in Environmental Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering is from New Mexico State University.

Therese Renis

Therese Renis serves as the Director of Division of Concepts and Planning in the Department of Safeguards of the International Atomic Energy   Agency (IAEA). Her division is responsible for strategic planning, the development and promotion of safeguards concepts and policy, the   coordination of research and development activities, the implementation of the quality management system of the Department, and the   development and provision of training. Areas of focus have included the development of safeguards concepts and approaches, implementation of safeguards strengthening measures, including implementation of measures of the model additional protocol and State evaluation; and most recently on the furthering the IAEA’s implementation of safeguards for each State as a whole.

She has served in the Safeguards Department since 1991, including as a safeguards inspector and Operation Section Head with a focus on safeguarding spent fuel reprocessing plants; advisor to the Deputy Director General -- Head of the Department of Safeguards; and as head of the Section for the development of safeguards concepts and approaches. Prior to joining the IAEA, Therese worked as an engineer for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, primarily in the analysis of the effectiveness of domestic safeguards measures at DOE facilities. In 2010 Therese led an initiative to revive the Vienna Chapter, which is now active and thriving, and has served as Vice President and President of the Chapter. She has presented many papers and chaired sessions at the INMM Annual Meetings, and helped plan and participated in INMM workshops. Therese holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science degree in Operations Research from Stanford University.


Stephan Lechner

Dr Stephan Lechner, based in Luxembourg, is Director of Euratom Safeguards and co-ordinator for cyber security policy in the Directorate General for Energy of the European Commission. Before this appointment to this position in July 2016, he was Director of the Institute for the Protection and the Security of the Citizen at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre in Italy for more than eight years. Before joining the European Commission in 2007, he was International Department Head and Senior Manager at Siemens Corporate Technology in Munich. Between 1989 and 2007, Dr Lechner spent more than 18 years in the hi-tech sector of private industries where he held various management positions both in operations and in industry research. Dr Lechner holds a degree in mathematics and computer sciences from Giessen University, Germany, and a doctoral degree in cryptography from Linz University, Austria. Dr Lechner is certified information systems security professional (CISSP) according to international standards.  

Robert Hoffman

Robert Hoffman is the founding manager of the INL Cyber Security Research Department and the United States Department of Homeland Security, Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT). He is the Sr. laboratory cyber advisor for the Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation (DNN) division of the US National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and a Sr. Cyber Advisor to the Board Committee on Nuclear Power for the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC). He has led diverse teams of security personnel in the assessment of high profile critical infrastructure facilities and participated in international nuclear security missions for both the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the United States Departments of State and Energy.


 Samuel Sanders Visner

 Samuel Sanders Visner is the Director of the National Cybersecurity Federally Funded Research and Development Center (MITRE), sponsored by the National Institute of Science and Technology (appointed October 30, 2017). Sam also serves as a member of the Cyber and Domestic Security Councils of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, and the Cyber Committee of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. Sam is an adjunct professor of Science and Technology in International Affairs at Georgetown University, where he teaches a course on cyber security policy, operations, and technology. Sam is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Atlantic Council and is a member of the Intelligence Community Studies Board, sponsored by the National Academy of Science and serving the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Sam served previously as Senior Vice President at SAIC, and as Chief of Signals Intelligence Programs at the National Security Agency, from which he received the Agency's highest award for civilian service. Sam also served as a member of the Board of Directors, CVG/Avtec (2008-2010). Sam holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Politics from George Washington University. Sam served twice on the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Task Force of the Defense Science Board, and has published articles on national and cyber security in World Politics Review, the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, and the Defense Intelligence Journal. Sam is married to Antoinette (Toni) Burnham, Washington DC's leading urban beekeeper.


Tomás Bieda

Mr. Tomás Bieda is a Ph.D candidate in political science and holds a MA in Political Science from the Torcuato Di Tella University. Mr. Bieda also studied at Universidad de Buenos Aires where he received a BA in Political Science. He currently works at the Undersecretariat of Nuclear Energy from the Secretary of Energy from Argentina as the Director of Nuclear Security Policies and Nonproliferation. Among his main responsibilities, Mr. Bieda is the coordinator of most of the nuclear security efforts of Argentina, he was in charge of the planning and development of the G20 Nuclear Security System during the Leaders Summit. He is also the Response and Mitigation Working Group Chair of the GICNT and the Working Group C Chair of the IAEA Nuclear Security Support Center Network. He also teaches as a professor at several renowned Argentine universities as well as published papers and presented at international conferences in his field of studies. Previously, Mr. Bieda worked in the nuclear field as a senior advisor in foreign relations and nuclear security to the Board of Directors of the Nuclear Regulatory Authority.