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The Lead Authors

Mycle Schneider, February 2015, in Paris (Quartier de la Butte-aux-Cailles)Mycle Schneider works as independent international consultant on energy and nuclear policy, based in Paris.
Mycle Schneider is the initiator and Convening Lead Author of the World Nuclear Industry Status Reports. He is a Founding Board Member and Spokesperson of the International Energy Advisory Council ( and the Coordinator of the Seoul International Energy Advisory Council (SIEAC) that advises the Seoul Metropolitan Government, South Korea. In 2007 he was appointed as a member of the International Panel on Fissile Materials (IPFM), based at Princeton University, USA. Between February 2010 and June 2011, he acted as Lead Consultant for the Asia Clean Energy Policy Exchange, an ECO-Asia initiative, implemented by IRG, funded by USAID, with the focus of developing a policy framework to boost energy efficiency and renewable energies.
Between 2004 and 2009 he has been in charge of the Environment and Energy Strategies Lecture of the International Master of Science for Project Management for Environmental and Energy Engineering at the Ecole des Mines in Nantes, France.
From 2000 to 2010 he was an occasional advisor to the German Environment Ministry. In 2006-2007 he assessed nuclear decommissioning and waste management funding issues on behalf of the European Commission. In 2005-2006 he was appointed as nuclear security specialist to advise the UK Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM). 1998-2003 he was an advisor to the French Environment Minister’s Office and to the Belgian Minister for Energy and Sustainable Development.
Mycle Schneider has given evidence and held briefings at national Parliaments in 15 countries and at the European Parliament. He has advised Members of the European Parliament from four different groups over the past 28 years. He has given lectures or had teaching appointments at 20 universities and engineering schools in 10 countries.
Mycle Schneider has provided information and consulting services to a large variety of clients including the European Commission, the European Parliament’s General Directorate for Research, Oxford Research Group, the French National Scientific Research Council (CNRS), the French Institute for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Heinrich-Böll-Foundation, Greenpeace International, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), UNESCO and Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF).
Media representatives from around the world have inquired for his information, advice or complete features including many TV and radio stations, electronic and print media.
Mycle Schneider is co-editor of International Perspectives on Energy Policy and the Role of Nuclear Power, Multi Science Publishing, UK, 2009.
In 1997 he was honored with the Right Livelihood Award (“Alternative Nobel Prize”).

Contact: mycle[at] - Phone: +33-1-69 83 23 79

Antony Patrick Froggatt has studied energy and environmental policy at the University of Westminster and the Science Policy Research Unit at Sussex University. He is currently an independent consultant on international energy issues and a senior research fellow at Chatham House (also known as the Royal Institute for International Affairs). While working at Chatham House he has specialised on energy security and in particular working in emerging economies with extensive work in China on the establishment and methodologies of low carbon economic development.

Antony Froggatt was also an associate fellow at Warwick Business School from 2006-7 and gave lectures at the Ecole des Mines de Nantes in France. He has worked as a consultant for 15 years with environmental groups, academics and public bodies, including the European Parliament and Commission, in Europe and Asia specialising in the development of policies, initiatives and capacity building. He has also worked for environmental Non-Government Organisation on European and global energy policy.

Antony Froggatt is the author or co-author of dozens of reports, including, the “Global Status of the Nuclear Industry and its Opportunities for Expansion”, (International Spectator - September 2011), the “World Nuclear Industry Status Report”, (Worldwatch Institute – April 2011), “Sustainable Energy Security, Strategic Risk and Opportunities for Business” (Lloyd’s of London - 2010) “Changing Climates- Interdependencies on Energy and Climate Security for China and Europe”, (Chatham House - 2007) “Comparisons Among Different Decommissioning Funds Methodologies for Nuclear Installations (The European Commission - 2007).

Contact: antony[at] - Phone: +44-79 68 80 52 99


Yurika Ayukawa is Professor for Energy and Environment Policy, Faculty of Policy Informatics, Chiba University of Commerce, Japan. She is the acting Chair of Ichikawa City’s Environmental Committee. Between 1997 and 2008, she represented WWF Japan’s Climate Change Program and acted as the Vice Chair of the “2008 G8 Summit NGO Forum”. She testified at national parliament’s environmental committee and was a member of various government appointed committees (e.g. on Kyoto mechanism, environmental tax, environmental education). Between 1988 and 1995, Yurika worked as the International Relations Director at Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center. She holds a Master of Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor of Arts from Sophia University in Tokyo.

Shaun Burnie, currently based in Hamburg, Germany, has been an independent nuclear consultant for the past seven years, specializing in nuclear policy in East Asia, nuclear fuel cycle issues and nuclear power plant safety. He has worked in Japan over a period of twenty years. He was formerly nuclear coordinator at Greenpeace International, including leading investigations into the Fukushima-Daiichi plant during the 1990s-early 2000s. He holds a Master’s degree from King’s College, University of London in Strategic Studies. In May 2014, he joined Greenpeace Germany as a nuclear specialist in their energy unit.

Komei Hosokawa, MA, PhD, teaches environmental sociology, development studies and energy policy issues at the School of Social and Environmental Research, Kyoto Seika University, Kyoto. He is co-chair of the Pacific-Asia Resource Center (PARC), Tokyo. He also serves as board director of the Takagi Fund for Citizen Science and of Greenpeace Japan. He is a social scientist by training, and has longtime field research experience in Indigenous communities and environment in Australia. In the late 1980s, Australia-Japan uranium issues led him to take an active part in the social movements concerning nuclear power questions in Japan and abroad. He is accredited member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), Canberra. Recently he was appointed chief secretary of the Citizens’ Commission on Nuclear Energy (CCNE), an independent think-tank launched by the Takagi Fund. CCNE aims to deliver alternative, sensible and comprehensive policy guidelines toward nuclear phaseout in Japan.

Tadahiro Katsuta holds a PhD in plasma physics from Hiroshima University (1997). He is currently an Associate Professor at Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan. During 2014–15 he is a Visiting Fellow in the Program on Science and Global Security (PSGS) at Princeton University, U.S. He is researching Japan’s spent fuel management issues. He is also studying the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident and following the new regulation standards with a focus on technical and political aspects. He has been appointed by Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) as a member of the study teams on the New Regulatory Requirements for Commercial Nuclear Power Reactors, for Nuclear Fuel Facilities, Research Reactors, and for Nuclear Waste Storage/Disposal Facilities. During 2008–09, he conducted research on multilateral nuclear fuel cycle systems as a Visiting Fellow at PSGS. During 2006–08, he carried out research at the University of Tokyo on separated plutonium issues linked to the Rokkasho reprocessing plant. During 1999–2005, he worked as a researcher at the Citizens Nuclear Information Center (CNIC) in Tokyo.

Doug Koplow founded Earth Track in 1999 to more effectively integrate information on energy subsidies. For the past 20 years, Mr. Koplow has written extensively on natural resource subsidies for organizations such as the Global Subsidies Initiative, the National Commission on Energy Policy, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Greenpeace, the Alliance to Save Energy, and the US Environmental Protection Agency. He has analyzed numerous government programs and made important developments in subsidy valuation techniques. Mr. Koplow holds an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and a BA in economics from Wesleyan University.

Raffaele Piria, works as independent energy policy expert based in Berlin, Germany. He advises non-profit organizations and companies involved in the transition to an energy system based on renewables and energy efficiency. His expertise includes the integration of renewables into the power system, renewable heating and cooling, energy efficiency and energy security. He has been CEO of the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation, Head of policy consulting at eclareon, and assistant of the Green MEP Claude Turmes. Grown up in Italy, he holds Masters from the Freie Universität Berlin and from the London School of Economics.

M.V. Ramana received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Boston University. He is currently with the Nuclear Futures Laboratory and the Program on Science and Global Security at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, U.S., where he has been assessing nuclear power programs around the world. Ramana is the author of The Power of Promise: Examining Nuclear Energy in India (Penguin Books, 2012) and co-editor of Prisoners of the Nuclear Dream (Orient Longman, 2003). He is a member of the International Panel on Fissile Materials (IPFM) and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Leo Szilard Award from the American Physical Society.

Steve Thomas is Professor of Energy Policy and Director of Research for the Business School, University of Greenwich. Mr. Thomas holds a BSc (honors) degree in Chemistry from Bristol University and has been working in energy policy analysis since 1976. His main research interests are reforms of energy industries, economics and policy towards nuclear power, and corporate policies of energy industry companies. Recent clients include Public Services International, the European Federation of Public Service Unions, the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center (USA), Energywatch (UK) and Greenpeace International.

Yukio Yamaguchi, PhD in Engineering (University of Tokyo), studied condensed matter physics at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Science. He has taught in Northwestern University, University of Tokyo, Hosei University and several other schools. He is deeply concerned about the relations between the problems of science education and the problems of nuclear energy; and published a number of books in these topics particularly targeted at middle and high school students. He is familiar with the history of grassroots resistance in Japan. Since 1998, he is co-director of the Citizen’s Nuclear Information Center (CNIC), Tokyo. He is also an enthusiastic supporter and practitioner of organic farming.

Database Management and Graphic Design

Julie Hazemann is the director of EnerWebWatch, an international documentation monitoring service, specializing in energy and climate issues, launched in 2004. Since 1992, she has maintained a world nuclear reactors database and undertakes data modeling work for the World Nuclear Industry Status Report. From 1983 to 2006, she worked in various positions at WISE-Paris, an independent information service on energy and environment issues that she co-founded. Starting in 1989, she developed the computerization of the library and electronic information products. Her responsibilities covered database development, specialized translation and project management, as well as research activities for specific projects

She is a member of négaWatt (France). She develops EnerWebWatch in the framework of the Coopaname coop.

Contact: julie.hazemann[at] - Phone : +33 9 70 46 61 09


Philippe Rivière, journalist and data analyst, works the Web.
Contact: philippe.riviere[at]

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