Nuclear Energy Leadership Forum

UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF H.H. SHEIKH KHALED BIN MOHAMED BIN ZAYED AL NAHYAN

تحت رعاية سمو الشيخ خالد بن محمد بن زايد آل نهيان

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NUCLEAR ENERGY LEADERSHIP FORUM

There is an urgent need to address the competing demands of generating more electricity with tackling climate change. Electricity is the fastest growing final demand source of energy, growing 3-4% annually, as more and more of our lives are powered by electricity as part of the electrification revolution. It is essential that power generation is decarbonized if we are to achieve Net Zero by 2050 and limit global warming to 1.5 degrees.

Nuclear energy is the world's second-largest source of low-carbon power after hydro, and is key to achieving global net zero objectives. In commercial use since the 1960s, nuclear energy currently provides about 11% of the world’s electricity requirements from 440 nuclear reactors in 32 countries. Studies show that, over the past 50 years, the use of nuclear energy has reduced CO2 emissions by over 60 gigatonnes – nearly two years' worth of global energy-related emissions – and will be crucial for the decarbonization of energy systems worldwide.

The dedicated Nuclear Energy Leadership Forum will run alongside the exhibition focusing on the deployment of safe, reliable nuclear energy generation, technological advancements in nuclear energy, the latest in research and development of nuclear science and technology and more.

 

Supported By

  • Monday 09 May 2022 Day One
  • Tuesday 10 May 2022 Day Two

14:00 14:15

Opening Keynote Address

Keynote Address

His Excellency Mohamed Al Hammadi

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, United Arab Emirates

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IconMonday 09 May 2022

Icon14:00 - 14:15

Opening Keynote Address

His Excellency Mohamed Al Hammadi

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

14:15 15:15

Delivering net zero with clean baseload technologies

Global leadership panel

The need to reduce harmful emissions and tackle climate change requires low carbon energy sources. Being the only proven and reliable low-carbon source of baseload electricity beyond hydropower, what role will nuclear play to reduce the global reliance on fossil fuels and address the challenge of climate change? How can nuclear energy complement renewables, green hydrogen and hydropower in achieving net zero? What impact will it have on the water-food-energy nexus? How will it help in meeting the UN sustainable development goals?

Attendee insights:

A must attend session for energy professionals who would like to understand the critical role of green baseload power as part of the global energy mix and equitable resources in the clean energy transition.

SPEAKERS

His Excellency Mohamed Al Hammadi

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, United Arab Emirates

Dr Sama Bilbao y León

Director General

World Nuclear Association, United Kingdom

Yves Desbazeille

Director General

FORATOM, Belgium

Dr. Rita Baranwal

Chief Technology Officer

Westinghouse Electric Company, United States of America

MODERATOR

John Defterios

Professor of Business, NYU, Abu Dhabi & Senior Advisor

APCO Worldwide

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IconMonday 09 May 2022

Icon14:15 - 15:15

Delivering net zero with clean baseload technologies

The need to reduce harmful emissions and tackle climate change requires low carbon energy sources. Being the only proven and reliable low-carbon source of baseload electricity beyond hydropower, what role will nuclear play to reduce the global reliance on fossil fuels and address the challenge of climate change? How can nuclear energy complement renewables, green hydrogen and hydropower in achieving net zero? What impact will it have on the water-food-energy nexus? How will it help in meeting the UN sustainable development goals?

Attendee insights:

A must attend session for energy professionals who would like to understand the critical role of green baseload power as part of the global energy mix and equitable resources in the clean energy transition.

SPEAKERS

His Excellency Mohamed Al Hammadi

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Dr Sama Bilbao y León

Director General

Yves Desbazeille

Director General

Dr. Rita Baranwal

Chief Technology Officer

MODERATOR

John Defterios

Professor of Business, NYU, Abu Dhabi & Senior Advisor

15:15 16:00

Formulating and implementing robust licensing and regulatory frameworks

Global Leadership panel

A robust national nuclear safety infrastructure is essential for the deployment of a country’s first nuclear energy plant. A major challenge in this process is the development of an effective legal and governmental framework for safety, including an independent regulatory body. How can governments, regulators and the nuclear industry collaborate to achieve harmonisation of regulatory approaches? What are some of the recommendations the nuclear industry has made to governments in the past, and how far have we come? What needs to be reconsidered in a new climate-conscious world? What are the best practices in the international landscape that can be adopted in the MENA region?

Attendee insights:

A key session highlighting how implementing a transparent and robust legal and regulatory framework can help mitigate any resistance to the deployment of safe reliable nuclear energy generation.

SPEAKERS

Sara Al Saadi

Nuclear Safety Director

Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation, United Arab Emirates

Dr Salem Hamdi

Director General

Arab Atomic Energy Agency (AAEA), Tunisia

MODERATOR

John Defterios

Professor of Business, NYU, Abu Dhabi & Senior Advisor

APCO Worldwide

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IconMonday 09 May 2022

Icon15:15 - 16:00

Formulating and implementing robust licensing and regulatory frameworks

A robust national nuclear safety infrastructure is essential for the deployment of a country’s first nuclear energy plant. A major challenge in this process is the development of an effective legal and governmental framework for safety, including an independent regulatory body. How can governments, regulators and the nuclear industry collaborate to achieve harmonisation of regulatory approaches? What are some of the recommendations the nuclear industry has made to governments in the past, and how far have we come? What needs to be reconsidered in a new climate-conscious world? What are the best practices in the international landscape that can be adopted in the MENA region?

Attendee insights:

A key session highlighting how implementing a transparent and robust legal and regulatory framework can help mitigate any resistance to the deployment of safe reliable nuclear energy generation.

SPEAKERS

Sara Al Saadi

Nuclear Safety Director

Dr Salem Hamdi

Director General

MODERATOR

John Defterios

Professor of Business, NYU, Abu Dhabi & Senior Advisor

16:00 16:45

Masterclass: Successful delivery of a nuclear new build megaproject

Global leadership panel

When it launched its peaceful nuclear energy program, the UAE was the first in 27 years to join the global nuclear industry. The Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant has broken the mould for the successful construction and delivery of nuclear projects worldwide by delivering in one of the shortest timeframes globally, in accordance with the highest standards of quality and safety. What are the keys to successfully delivering a highly complex nuclear energy plant megaproject? How can other nations around the world duplicate this blueprint for success and decarbonize their energy sectors using nuclear energy?

Attendee insights:

A masterclass highlighting the key factors that contribute to the successful construction and delivery of a nuclear power plant project.

SPEAKERS

Ali Al Hammadi

CEO

Nawah Energy Company, United Arab Emirates

Wei Huang

Director, Division of Planning, Information and Knowledge Management

International Atomic Energy Agency, Austria

Seong Hwan Choi

Expert Advisor of the UAE Barakah Site

KEPCO, United Arab Emirates

MODERATOR

Kirsty Gogan

Managing Partner

Lucid Catalyst, United Kingdom

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IconMonday 09 May 2022

Icon16:00 - 16:45

Masterclass: Successful delivery of a nuclear new build megaproject

When it launched its peaceful nuclear energy program, the UAE was the first in 27 years to join the global nuclear industry. The Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant has broken the mould for the successful construction and delivery of nuclear projects worldwide by delivering in one of the shortest timeframes globally, in accordance with the highest standards of quality and safety. What are the keys to successfully delivering a highly complex nuclear energy plant megaproject? How can other nations around the world duplicate this blueprint for success and decarbonize their energy sectors using nuclear energy?

Attendee insights:

A masterclass highlighting the key factors that contribute to the successful construction and delivery of a nuclear power plant project.

SPEAKERS

Ali Al Hammadi

CEO

Wei Huang

Director, Division of Planning, Information and Knowledge Management

Seong Hwan Choi

Expert Advisor of the UAE Barakah Site

MODERATOR

Kirsty Gogan

Managing Partner

10:45 11:30

Securing ESG investments for a net zero economy

Global leadership panel with a keynote opening by Nasser Al Nasseri

Nuclear energy provides a source of reliable low-carbon electricity, and it is widely recognised that its role will need to grow to reduce emissions and help mitigate climate change. One of the principal barriers to the necessary expansion is the challenge associated with securing competitive financing for new nuclear plants. With nuclear energy now recognised as a clean energy source in Abu Dhabi and in the EU Taxonomy, how can we secure access to $30 trillion funding? How can clean energy certification schemes support companies in demonstrating their clean credentials?

Attendee insights:

A key session on ensuring the successful growth of nuclear energy generation by discussing business models and financing options available to new and existing market entrants.

SPEAKERS

Nasser Al Nasseri

Chief Executive Officer

Barakah One Company, United Arab Emirates

Amy Roma

Partner and Global Energy Practice Area Leader

Hogan Lovells US LLP, United States of America

Yusuf Macun

Founder & Managing Partner

Cranmore Partners, United Arab Emirates

MODERATOR

John Defterios

Professor of Business, NYU, Abu Dhabi & Senior Advisor

APCO Worldwide

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IconTuesday 10 May 2022

Icon10:45 - 11:30

Securing ESG investments for a net zero economy

Nuclear energy provides a source of reliable low-carbon electricity, and it is widely recognised that its role will need to grow to reduce emissions and help mitigate climate change. One of the principal barriers to the necessary expansion is the challenge associated with securing competitive financing for new nuclear plants. With nuclear energy now recognised as a clean energy source in Abu Dhabi and in the EU Taxonomy, how can we secure access to $30 trillion funding? How can clean energy certification schemes support companies in demonstrating their clean credentials?

Attendee insights:

A key session on ensuring the successful growth of nuclear energy generation by discussing business models and financing options available to new and existing market entrants.

SPEAKERS

Nasser Al Nasseri

Chief Executive Officer

Amy Roma

Partner and Global Energy Practice Area Leader

Yusuf Macun

Founder & Managing Partner

MODERATOR

John Defterios

Professor of Business, NYU, Abu Dhabi & Senior Advisor

11:30 12:30

The latest innovations and advances within the nuclear sector – what does the future hold?

Global leadership panel

Research capability and technical expertise in nuclear science are needed to maintain a high-level performance and support innovation to develop future-generation nuclear technology. Dozens of nuclear companies are designing advanced reactors that will reshape how we think about nuclear energy and improve deployment timelines. 

What are the recent R&D advances in the nuclear industry? What R&D investments are needed to field a new generation of nuclear energy technologies? Can SMRs increase access to nuclear energy in new and developing markets? What does it take for R&D technologies to be commercialised? How can the nuclear industry support the production of clean hydrogen?

Attendee insights:

A key session for attendees wanting to delve deeper into the latest R&D trends of the new generation nuclear energy technologies.

SPEAKERS

Diane Cameron

Head of Division Nuclear Technology Development and Economics, NEA/NTE

OECD Nuclear Energy Agency, France

Jon Ball

Executive Vice President

GE Hitachi Energy, United States of America

Kirsty Gogan

Managing Partner

Lucid Catalyst, United Kingdom

Jason Dreisbach

New Nuclear Technologies Technical Director

Atkins, United Kingdom

Chris Fendley

Commercial Director

TerraPower, United States of America

David Landon

Managing Director

Moltex Energy, United Kingdom

MODERATOR

Dr Steven Wesley Griffiths

Senior Vice President, Research and Development

Khalifa University, United Arab Emirates

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IconTuesday 10 May 2022

Icon11:30 - 12:30

The latest innovations and advances within the nuclear sector – what does the future hold?

Research capability and technical expertise in nuclear science are needed to maintain a high-level performance and support innovation to develop future-generation nuclear technology. Dozens of nuclear companies are designing advanced reactors that will reshape how we think about nuclear energy and improve deployment timelines. 

What are the recent R&D advances in the nuclear industry? What R&D investments are needed to field a new generation of nuclear energy technologies? Can SMRs increase access to nuclear energy in new and developing markets? What does it take for R&D technologies to be commercialised? How can the nuclear industry support the production of clean hydrogen?

Attendee insights:

A key session for attendees wanting to delve deeper into the latest R&D trends of the new generation nuclear energy technologies.

SPEAKERS

Diane Cameron

Head of Division Nuclear Technology Development and Economics, NEA/NTE

Jon Ball

Executive Vice President

Kirsty Gogan

Managing Partner

Jason Dreisbach

New Nuclear Technologies Technical Director

Chris Fendley

Commercial Director

David Landon

Managing Director

MODERATOR

Dr Steven Wesley Griffiths

Senior Vice President, Research and Development

12:30 13:30

Nuclear as a vital resource to bolster energy security

Global Leadership Panel

The power industry is undergoing a profound technological transformation with far-reaching effects on how the sector operates, and how end-users consume electricity. How can nuclear energy support advanced and rapidly growing countries to supply their growing populations with clean energy? From an energy diplomacy point of view, who are the key players and what is the most optimal strategy to bolster energy security?

Attendee insights:

An insightful session explaining the role of nuclear power generation in the modern low carbon energy generation mix.

SPEAKERS

Loyiso Tyabashe

Group CEO

Necsa, South Africa

Tarik Choho

President, EMEA Operating Plant Services

Westinghouse, France

Branislav Strýček

CEO & Chairman of the Board

Slovenské elektrárne, Slovakia

Tom Samson

CEO

Rolls-Royce SMR, United Kingdom

MODERATOR

Berta Picamal

DG Office, Legal and International Relations Director

FORATOM, Belgium

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IconTuesday 10 May 2022

Icon12:30 - 13:30

Nuclear as a vital resource to bolster energy security

The power industry is undergoing a profound technological transformation with far-reaching effects on how the sector operates, and how end-users consume electricity. How can nuclear energy support advanced and rapidly growing countries to supply their growing populations with clean energy? From an energy diplomacy point of view, who are the key players and what is the most optimal strategy to bolster energy security?

Attendee insights:

An insightful session explaining the role of nuclear power generation in the modern low carbon energy generation mix.

SPEAKERS

Loyiso Tyabashe

Group CEO

Tarik Choho

President, EMEA Operating Plant Services

Branislav Strýček

CEO & Chairman of the Board

Tom Samson

CEO

MODERATOR

Berta Picamal

DG Office, Legal and International Relations Director

14:15 15:00

Attracting talent for the green energy transition

Global leadership panel

As the green energy transition gathers pace, more and more clean energy jobs become available. In its recent report, ‘Net Zero by 2050 – A Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector’, the International Energy Agency (IEA) suggests that to power global future energy needs the electricity sector has to be expanded to 250% of its current size. While five million jobs will be lost from the fossil fuels sector, more than 14 million jobs will be created in clean and renewable energy and additional 16 million new roles in other related industries. How can we ensure a sustainable supply of talent to meet the growing industry demand? What can governments and businesses do to attract the right talent, with the right skills, at the right time? 

This panel discussion will also explore the opportunities and methodologies for capacity building, examining how the UAE, with no prior local nuclear energy expertise back in 2009, now has thousands of trained professionals and nuclear reactor operators as part of its human capacity pipeline for the next 60+ years ahead.

Attendee insights:

A key session to understand best practices for capacity building and attracting the right talent to the clean energy sector.

SPEAKERS

Karen Daifuku

Director

I2EN, France

Dr Csaba Kiss

Deputy CEO, Chief Power Generation Officer and Chief Nuclear Officer

MVM, Hungary

Francois Foulon

Director - Emirates Nuclear Technology Center, Professor & Chair, Nuclear Engineering

Khalifa University, United Arab Emirates

Alikaan Ciftci

President

Nuclear Industry Association of Turkey, Turkey

MODERATOR

Mustafa Alrawi

Assistant Editor-in-Chief

The National, United Arab Emirates

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IconTuesday 10 May 2022

Icon14:15 - 15:00

Attracting talent for the green energy transition

As the green energy transition gathers pace, more and more clean energy jobs become available. In its recent report, ‘Net Zero by 2050 – A Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector’, the International Energy Agency (IEA) suggests that to power global future energy needs the electricity sector has to be expanded to 250% of its current size. While five million jobs will be lost from the fossil fuels sector, more than 14 million jobs will be created in clean and renewable energy and additional 16 million new roles in other related industries. How can we ensure a sustainable supply of talent to meet the growing industry demand? What can governments and businesses do to attract the right talent, with the right skills, at the right time? 

This panel discussion will also explore the opportunities and methodologies for capacity building, examining how the UAE, with no prior local nuclear energy expertise back in 2009, now has thousands of trained professionals and nuclear reactor operators as part of its human capacity pipeline for the next 60+ years ahead.

Attendee insights:

A key session to understand best practices for capacity building and attracting the right talent to the clean energy sector.

SPEAKERS

Karen Daifuku

Director

Dr Csaba Kiss

Deputy CEO, Chief Power Generation Officer and Chief Nuclear Officer

Francois Foulon

Director - Emirates Nuclear Technology Center, Professor & Chair, Nuclear Engineering

Alikaan Ciftci

President

MODERATOR

Mustafa Alrawi

Assistant Editor-in-Chief

15:00 16:00

New avenues in nuclear supply chain management

Global leadership panel

Suppliers to nuclear plants need to comply with well-established but robust requirements and standards. As global trade shifts toward greater localisation and the nuclear industry adopts novel technologies and prepares for the introduction of SMRs, how is the supply chain evolving? What are the challenges of localisation for new nuclear nations like the UAE? In this changing landscape, what are the promising opportunities for suppliers both regionally and globally?

Attendee insights:

An important session to get deeper insights on how the global supply chain is evolving, and what new avenues are available for suppliers both regionally and globally.

SPEAKERS

Ali Al Zaabi

Chief Operating Officer

Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, United Arab Emirates

Hervé Maillart

Head Coordinator for the French Nuclear Sector

EDF, France

Anil Parab

Member - L&T Executive Committee, Senior Vice President, and Head Heavy Engineering

L&T Heavy Engineering, India

Clayton Scott

Executive Vice President, Business Development

NuScale Power, United States of America

Farah Chahma

CEO

Nuvia, United Arab Emirates

Michael Bryant

Vice President Marketing and Sales

Urenco Enrichment Company Limited

MODERATOR

John Defterios

Professor of Business, NYU, Abu Dhabi & Senior Advisor

APCO Worldwide

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IconTuesday 10 May 2022

Icon15:00 - 16:00

New avenues in nuclear supply chain management

Suppliers to nuclear plants need to comply with well-established but robust requirements and standards. As global trade shifts toward greater localisation and the nuclear industry adopts novel technologies and prepares for the introduction of SMRs, how is the supply chain evolving? What are the challenges of localisation for new nuclear nations like the UAE? In this changing landscape, what are the promising opportunities for suppliers both regionally and globally?

Attendee insights:

An important session to get deeper insights on how the global supply chain is evolving, and what new avenues are available for suppliers both regionally and globally.

SPEAKERS

Ali Al Zaabi

Chief Operating Officer

Hervé Maillart

Head Coordinator for the French Nuclear Sector

Anil Parab

Member - L&T Executive Committee, Senior Vice President, and Head Heavy Engineering

Clayton Scott

Executive Vice President, Business Development

Farah Chahma

CEO

Michael Bryant

Vice President Marketing and Sales

MODERATOR

John Defterios

Professor of Business, NYU, Abu Dhabi & Senior Advisor

  • Monday 09 May 2022 Day One
  • Tuesday 10 May 2022 Day Two