Who We Are

The Lead Authors

Mycle Schneider works as independent international analyst and 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 (www.IEAC.info). In 2007 he was appointed as a member of the International Panel on Fissile Materials (IPFM), based at Princeton University, USA. He is a Founding Member of the International Nuclear Risk Assessment Group (INRAG) and in 2018, he was appointed to the Fissile Material Working Group (FMWG), hosted at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, Washington D.C. Mycle Schneider was the initiator and coordinator of the Seoul International Energy Advisory Council (SIEAC) that advised the Seoul Metropolitan Government, South Korea, from 2013 to 2019. 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 16 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 over 20 universities and engineering schools in 10 countries.

Mycle Schneider has provided information and consulting services to a large variety of clients including the Austrian Environment Agency, the European Commission, the European Parliament’s General Directorate for Research, the French Institute for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Heinrich-Böll-Foundation, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), the Korean Energy Information Agency, Macquarie Bank and many others.

In 1997 he was honored with the Right Livelihood Award (“Alternative Nobel Prize”).

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

Antony Froggatt joined Chatham House (also known as the Royal Institute for International Affairs) in 2007 and is Deputy Director and a Senior Research Fellow in the Environment and Society Program. While working at Chatham House, he has specialized 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 as well as coordinating the organization’s work around COP 26 in 2021.

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 more than 20 years with environmental groups, academics, and public bodies, including the European Parliament and Commission, in Europe and Asia specializing in the development of policies, initiatives and capacity building. He has also worked for environmental Non-Governmental Organisations on European and global energy policy.

Antony Froggatt is the author or co-author of dozens of reports, including: “The Power of Flexibility: The Survival of Utilities During the Transformations of the Power Sector”, Chatham House, 2018; “Decentralised Energy a Global Game Changer”, Ubiquity Press, 2020; “Nuclear Power in Stagnation: A Cultural Approach to Failed Expansion”, Routledge, 2021.

Antony Froggatt has studied energy and environmental policy at the University of Westminster and the Science Policy Research Unit at Sussex University.

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

Documentary Research, Modelling and Datavisualization

Julie Hazemann is the director of EnerWebWatch, an international documentation monitoring service, specializing in energy and climate issues, launched in 2004. As an information engineer and researcher, she has maintained, since 1992, a world nuclear reactor database and undertakes data modeling and datavisualisation work for the World Nuclear Industry Status Report. Active in information and documentation project-management, she has a strong tropism for information structuration, dataviz and development of electronic information products. She also undertakes specialized translation and research activities for specific projects. She is a member of négaWatt (France). She develops EnerWebWatch in the framework of the Coopaname coop. Contact: julie[at]worldnuclearreport.org

Current Contributors

Stephanie Cooke is an opinion writer for Energy Intelligence and writes occasional articles for mainstream media. She helped launch Nuclear Intelligence Weekly in 2007 and was its editor until 2022, overseeing global coverage of the commercial nuclear industry, and delivering news and analysis of key industry sectors. She helped frame discussions of the broader technical, commercial, and international policy issues confronting the industry at conferences and other forums, including for the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management. Her history of the intertwined development of nuclear weapons and nuclear power, “In Mortal Hands: A Cautionary History of the Nuclear Age”, was published in 2009. She has been interviewed by numerous television and radio programs in the United States and overseas, and participated in podcasts about nuclear energy. Stephanie Cooke began her journalism career at the Associated Press and then began covering the nuclear industry for Nucleonics Week, Nuclear Fuel, and Inside NRC.

Timothy Judson is an independent consultant who provides industrial and policy analysis, with over twenty years of experience in the United States. He has published several reports on the nuclear energy industry and energy and climate policy, including “Nuclear Power and Climate Change: An Assessment for the Future” and “Too Big to Bail Out: The Cost of a National Nuclear Energy Subsidy.” Since 2014, he has served as the Executive Director of Nuclear Information and Resource Service, a non-profit environmental organization based in the United States. He lives in Syracuse, New York.

Doug Koplow is the founding director of Earth Track in Cambridge, MA. For more than three decades, he has worked with environmental groups and international agencies to identify and measure environmentally harmful subsidies to natural resource extraction, and to document their pervasive reach and enormous scale. His work has included detailed reviews of government support to the nuclear fuel chain, highlighting the many ways governments support the industry and shift business risks onto taxpayers. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in economics from Wesleyan University.

M.V. Ramana is the Simons Chair in Disarmament, Global and Human Security and Professor at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. He received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Boston University. 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) and the author of a forthcoming book explaining why nuclear energy will not help mitigate climate change to be published by Verso books. He is a member of the International Panel on Fissile Materials (IPFM), the International Nuclear Risk Assessment Group (INRAG) and the Canadian Pugwash Group. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Leo Szilard Award from the American Physical Society.

Sebastian Stier is a European patent attorney who has been working for the Munich-based law firm Betten&Resch since 2012. He represents clients before the European Patent Office (EPO) in patent prosecution, opposition, and appeal proceedings. His clients include large international tech firms mainly from the telecom, computer, and electronics industries. He has a diploma in physics from the University of Heidelberg (1985) and obtained a PhD in artificial intelligence from the University of Hamburg (1990). At corporate research of Siemens AG in Munich, he worked as a research engineer and held various positions in technology and innovation management. In the Mobile Phones Division, he was responsible for the integration of a newly acquired mobile phone company in Aalborg/Denmark. In 2005, he joined a patent law firm and qualified as European patent attorney in 2009.

Tatsujiro Suzuki is a Vice Director, Professor of Research Center for Nuclear Weapons Abolition at Nagasaki University (RECNA), Japan. Before joining RECNA, he was a Vice Chairman of Japan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) of the Cabinet Office from January 2010 to March 2014. Until then, he was an Associate Vice President of the Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI) in Japan (1996–2009) and Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo (2005–2009), an Associate Director of MIT’s International Program on Enhanced Nuclear Power Safety from 1988–1993 and a Research Associate at MIT’s Center for International Studies (1993–1995). He is a member of the Advisory Board of Parliament’s Special Committee on Nuclear Energy since June 2017. He is also a Council Member of Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs (2007–2009 and from 2014 ), Co-Chair of the International Panel on Fissile Materials (IPFM) and a Board member of Asia Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (APLN). Dr. Suzuki has a PhD in nuclear engineering from Tokyo University (1988).

Christian von Hirschhausen is Professor of Economics at the Workgroup for Economic and Infrastructure Policy (WIP) at Berlin University of Technology (TU Berlin), and Research Director at DIW Berlin (German Institute for Economic Research). He obtained a PhD in Industrial Economics from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris and was previously Chair of Energy Economics and Public Sector Management University of Technology (TU Dresden). Von Hirschhausen focuses on the regulation and financing of infrastructure sectors, mainly energy, and is a regular advisor to industry and policymakers, amongst them the World Bank, the European Commission, European Investment Bank, and several German Ministries. Von Hirschhausen also focusses on energy technologies and is one of the coordinators of a research project on nuclear energy in Germany, Europe, and abroad, including the first independent monitoring of the decommissioning process of German nuclear power plants.

Alexander James Wimmers is a research associate in the AT-OM research group at the Workgroup for Economic and Infrastructure Policy (WIP) at the Berlin University of Technology (TU Berlin), and guest researcher at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), Germany. Before joining WIP, he worked as a consultant for renewable energy markets at a renowned energy consulting firm in Berlin. He holds an MSc in Business Administration and Engineering (Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen) from RWTH Aachen University. His current research focuses on the political economy of nuclear power, from new build, operation, decommissioning and nuclear waste management. He is a member of a long-term research project on nuclear decommissioning in cooperation with the University of Basel.

Hartmut Winkler is a Professor in the Department of Physics of the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. After completing his PhD in Astronomy at the University of Cape Town, he joined the Soweto Campus of the former Vista University, where he started engaging on air quality research, which led to an interest in solar irradiance studies, solar energy potential and later energy studies in the broader sense. After a stint in the University administration as Dean of Science, he returned to scientific work after joining the new University of Johannesburg. In recent years, he has been one of South Africa’s most visible television and radio commentators on the country’s electricity crisis. His contributions include numerous media articles on topics focusing on nuclear energy in South Africa.

Cover Art, Graphic Design and Layout of Annual Reports

Friedhelm Meinaß is a visual artist and painter based in the Frankfurt area, Germany. His characteristic pieces including his cover art for Nina Hagen, are on display in the German History Museum in Berlin, and his work is internationally acclaimed. Amongst others, Meinaß has cooperated with Leonard Bernstein, The Byrds, Johnny Cash, Vladimir Horowitz and Billy Joel. He is collaborating with the Designer Constantin E. Breuer, who congenially implements his ideas. Meinaß held a professorship at the University of Design in Darmstadt in the early 1970s.

Agnès Stienne is an artist, cartographer, and independent graphic designer. She has contributed for over a decade to the French journal Le Monde Diplomatique, and the Visioncarto.net website website dedicated to cartographical experimentation. She has created numerous “narrative cartographics” to illustrate a wide range of complex subjects and issues. The results of her research are featured on the Visioncarto.net website, as “geo-poetic” briefs, in which she uses aquarelle-paint to translate her findings into maps and data-visualizations. In 2021, she published “Inside the nebula of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation”, a series of visualizations of the Foundation’s 2017 funding and donations. For several years, she has been leading a research project focusing on agricultural practices, “land grabbing” and other fundamental agricultural and food related issues. Among her latest works set in continuity with her pieces on the “Geography of the oil palm”, she created a series of paintings based on satellite images from Google Earth, which were exhibited along with her works “Geopoetics of Fields” (“Géopoétique des champs”) in Le Mans (France) in October 2020 and February 2021.

Past Contributors

Ali Ahmad is a Research Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Project on Managing the Atom and International Security Program (ISP). His research interests include energy security and resilience and the political economy of nuclear energy in newcomer markets, with focus on the Middle East. Prior to joining MTA, Ali served as Director of the Energy Policy and Security Program at the American University of Beirut. From 2013 to 2016, Ali was a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security where he worked on informing nuclear diplomacy with Iran. Outside academia, Ali is a senior consultant at the World Bank advising the Energy and Extractive Industries Global Practice. Ali holds a first degree in Physics from the Lebanese University and a PhD in Engineering from Cambridge University.

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.

Mariana Budjeryn is a Research Associate with the Project on Managing the Atom (MTA) at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Formerly, she held appointments as a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at MTA, a fellow at Harvard Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, and as a visiting professor at Tufts University and Peace Research Institute Frankfurt. Mariana Budjeryn’s research focuses on the international non-proliferation regime, arms control, and post-Soviet nuclear history. Her analytical contributions appeared in The Nonproliferation Review, Harvard International Review, World Affairs Journal, Arms Control Today, The Washington Post, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, War on the Rocks, and in the publications of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars where she is a Global Fellow. Mariana Budjeryn’s book “Inheriting the Bomb: Soviet Collapse and Nuclear Disarmament of Ukraine” is forthcoming in 2022 with Johns Hopkins University Press. She holds a PhD in Political Science, an MA in International Relations from Central European University (formerly) in Budapest, Hungary, and a BA in Political Science from the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Ukraine.

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.

Anton Eberhard is a Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business. His research and teaching focuses on governance and regulatory incentives to improve utility performance, the political-economy of power sector reform, investment challenges, and linkages to sustainable development. He has long had an interest in tracking developments in nuclear power, especially investment costs and also non-proliferation issues. A recent focus has been the design of renewable energy auctions. He has worked in the energy sector across Sub-Saharan Africa, and other developing regions, for more than 35 years and was the founding Director of the Energy and Development Research Centre. He is a Foundation Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa and has served on the country’s Ministerial Advisory Council on Energy, the National Planning Commission, the National Advisory Council on Innovation and the Board of the National Electricity Regulator.

HAN Wenke, Vice-Director-General of the International Forum for Clean Energy (IFCE, Macao), and Senior Advisor and Research Fellow of the Energy Research Institute (ERI) of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China. He was Director General of NDRC’s ERI from 2006 to August 2016. He served as a member of the Expert Advisory Committee of National Energy Commission. Also, he is a Director of China Economic and Social Council, a Professor of Northwestern Polytechnical University, and an Adjunct Professor of Zhejiang University. He has long been engaged in the career of energy policy research since 1982. His research covers the fields in China’s national energy development strategies and plans, national energy security, sustainable energy policies, energy market reform, energy subsidies reform and global energy governance.

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.

Phil Johnstone is a Research Fellow in the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex, U.K.. He has carried out research in a number of areas while at SPRU including the governance of discontinuation, disruptive innovation in the energy sector, industrial policy, and the role of war and the military in technological development. He has researched nuclear issues for the past ten years, with a particular focus on the U.K.’s nuclear new-build program. He is co-organizer of the ESRC seminar series ‘nuclear futures’ which focusses on nuclear waste in the U.K., and along with colleagues, he has given evidence on nuclear matters to inquiries conducted by the Department of Business Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), The Welsh Affairs Committee, and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). He is a member of the Sussex Energy Group (SEG) and was the Tyndall Centre coordinator for the University of Sussex from 2014-2016.

Yuichi Kaido, since his registration as a lawyer in 1981, has been involved in numerous lawsuits related to nuclear power, including the Monju lawsuit, the Rokkasho nuclear fuel cycle lawsuit, and the Hamaoka nuclear power plant lawsuit. As Secretary-General of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations (April 2010–May 2012), he was involved in the legal response to the earthquake disaster and the nuclear power plant accident. As co-chair of the National Liaison Group of Lawyers for a Nuclear Power Free Japan, he has been involved in a number of lawsuits to hold TEPCO executives and others criminally and civilly responsible for the aftermath of the March 11 disaster and to halt operation of nuclear power plants. Publications include “Nuclear Power Plant Litigation”, (Iwanami Shinsho, 2011); “Independent Judiciary Confronts Nuclear Power Plant Litigation: Reevaluation of the Supreme Court Judgment on Ikata Nuclear Power Plant”, (Hanrei Jihou, No. 2354, 11 February 2008); “Safety Required of Nuclear Power Plants in the Disaster Archipelago: The Role of the Constitution in Denuclearization Litigation”, (Constitutional Law Review, No. 6, May 2020, Shinzansha Publishing Co).

Naoto Kan is a Japanese politician and former Prime Minister of Japan (2010–2011). Since 2017, he serves his 12th term as elected Member of the House of Representatives of the National Diet of Japan and is Chief Executive Advisor to the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ). He was first elected in 1980 and remained in office until 1996, when he became Minister of Health and Welfare (1996). Prior to becoming Prime Minister in 2010, he held various Government positions within the Yukio Hatoyama Cabinet, including Minister of State for National Policy (2009), Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy (2009), Deputy Minister of Finance and Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy (2010). Within the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), he served as President (1998–1999; 2002–2004 and 2010–2011), Vice-President (2006), and Secretary-General (2000–2002). Naoto Kan graduated from the Faculty of Applied Physics of the Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1970 and received his Patent Attorney license in 1971.

Jungmin Kang is an independent consultant and South Korea’s member of the International Panel on Fissile Materials (IPFM). He was chairman of South Korea’s Nuclear Safety and Security Commission in 2018. Dr. Kang was a senior research fellow in the Nuclear Program at Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in 2015–2017. Previously, he was a visiting professor at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in Daejeon, South Korea. He holds a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from Tokyo University in Japan and completed his BS and MS at the Nuclear Engineering Department of South Korea’s Seoul National University. Dr. Kang has held previous positions at the Program on Science and Global Security, Princeton University, the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Stanford University, and the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, all in the U.S. 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.

Thibault Laconde is the Founding Chair of Callendar, a company focused on physical climate risks assessment, its customers include large infrastructure operators and developers in France and beyond. He previously worked for the French Ministry of Defense as well as for various humanitarian and development organizations. He is also active in the vulgarization of climate risks, in particular with Energie & Développement, an award-winning blog, and teaching on climate transition issues at French Engineering School CentraleSupelec (2016–2019). Thibault Laconde holds an engineering degree from Supelec and a Master of Administration from Paris-1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Mathilde Le Moal currently works as a research associate for Realist Revolt. She holds a BA in Politics and International Relations from the University of York and a MSc in “Global Crime, Justice and Security”, a multi-disciplinary course combining insights from criminology, law and international politics, which she attended at the University of Edinburgh. Specifically, her research interests include nuclear deterrence, disarmament/non-proliferation as well as nuclear trafficking and nuclear terrorism.

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.

Juan Camilo Rodriguez works as an equity analyst on the energy sector for AlphaValue, an independent equity research provider for financial institutions. He has worked for AlphaValue since 2014 coordinating research and valuation studies for the major European energy companies traded on the stock market. In 2013, he worked in Paris for the Economic Laboratory for Nuclear Risks (LERN: Laboratoire Economique des Risques Nucléaires), an economic focus group of the IRSN (Institute de Radioprotection et Sûreté Nucléaire) to measure the economic impact of nuclear risks. Juan holds a double Master degree in Empirical & Theoretical Economics (ETE) and Mathemathical Models in Economics and Finance (MMEF) from the Sorbonne University and Paris School of Economics. He holds as well a double Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance from Florida International University (FIU). His expertise in financial markets and the financial analysis over the spectrum of European power utilities takes into account both public and private decisions around energy policy and the financial impact of those, with the expected variation on valuation metrics and stock market performance. In 2016, he has given invited expert evidence to the French National Assembly mission on nuclear decommissioning.

Andreas Rüdinger works as independent consultant on energy and climate policies, working with NGOs, research institutes and public authorities. He is an associate research fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) in Paris, France. He has worked for IDDRI’s Energy and Climate Program since 2011, coordinating various research projects on energy transition policies in France and Europe. In 2013, he participated in the French national Energy Transition Debate as a member of the Expert Committee and advisor to the Chair, Laurence Tubiana. His expertise covers the multiple aspects of energy transition strategies and policies at the local, national and European level: energy efficiency policies, support mechanisms and market integration of renewable energies, financing instruments, as well as governance and public participation issues. He has published various studies and research papers on energy topics (list here). Andreas holds a double Master degree in Political Sciences and International Relations from Sciences Po Bordeaux and the University of Stuttgart. He has worked as a guest lecturer at Sciences Po Paris (PSIA), HEC Business School, AgroParisTech and ISAE-SupAéro Toulouse.

Michael Sailer is an independent consultant on nuclear energy. He has more than 40 years of experience in the field, most notably regarding the safety of nuclear power plants and other nuclear facilities, the storage and final disposal of nuclear and other radioactive wastes. He holds a degree in chemical engineering (Dipl.-Ing.) from the Technical University Darmstadt, Germany. Between 2009 and his retirement in August 2019, he was CEO of Oeko-Institut e.V. Previously, 1983–2009, he was heading Oeko-Institut’s Nuclear Engineering and Facility Safety Division. From 2008 to 2019, he was Chairman of the Nuclear Waste Management Commission (ESK), which advises the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). From 1999 to 2014, he was member of the Reactor Safety Commission (RSK) of the German Environment Ministry and RSK’s chairman from March 2002 to March 2006. From 2012 to 2019, he was also a member of the Expert Group on Reactor Safety (ERS) of the Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate (ENSI).

Hisako Sakiyama is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the 3/11 Fund for Children with Thyroid Cancer, which was established in 2016 to provide various forms of support, including financial, for children diagnosed with thyroid cancer following the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Disaster. Hisako Sakiyama has also acted as expert witness in a number of lawsuits following the Fukushima disaster. She is a member of the Takagi School, founded by the late Jinzaburo Takagi in 1999 to train citizen scientists. She served as a member of the National Diet of Japan Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission. She received her M.D. and Ph.D. from Chiba University School of Medicine and was a research associate in the department of biochemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (1968-1972). She was a senior researcher at the National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS), working on cancer cell biology (1975-2000).

Andy Stirling is a Professor in the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) and co-director of the STEPS Centre at the University of Sussex. He has a background in the natural sciences, a master’s degree in archaeology and social anthropology (Edinburgh) and a doctorate in science and technology policy (Sussex). An interdisciplinary researcher on the politics of science and technology, Andy formerly worked in the environment and peace movements and has also collaborated with a range of governmental, business and civil society organizations. A fellow of the U.K. Academy of Social Science, he has served on several U.K. and EU policy advisory committees on issues around energy, chemicals, biotechnology, environment and science policy.

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.

Aviel Verbruggen is Prof. emeritus at Antwerp University, Belgium. He is a multi-disciplinary engineering-economics-politics scholar on environmental and energy topics, e.g., electricity (nuclear power, cogeneration, markets, pricing), renewable energy support, emissions trading, policy planning, political economy of energy transformations. He has been a contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) between 1998 and 2014, mainly to the Special Report on Renewable Energy (2008–2011). For more information see www.avielverbruggen.be.

Frank N. von Hippel is a Senior Research Physicist and Professor of Public and International Affairs emeritus in Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security, which he co-founded. He was also a founding co-chair of the International Panel on Fissile Materials (IPFM) and served as Assistant Director for National Security in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy during 1993–1994. He has worked on nuclear safety and nonproliferation issues since 1974, when he organized the American Physical Society’s (APS) Study on Light Water Reactor Safety. He advised the Carter Administration on its decision to end the U.S. plutonium breeder reactor program, the Clinton Administration on its decision to end nuclear testing and President Gorbachev’s arms control advisors on ending the Soviet-U.S. nuclear arms race. He has received numerous awards, including the MacArthur Foundation’s “genius” fellowship in 1993 and the APS Leo Szilard award for “for his outstanding work and leadership in using physics to illuminate public policy in the areas of nuclear arms control and nonproliferation, nuclear energy, and energy efficiency.”

Ben Wealer is a Research Associate at the Workgroup for Economic and Infrastructure Policy (WIP) at Berlin University of Technology (TU Berlin), and guest researcher at DIW Berlin (German Institute for Economic Research). He holds an MSc in Industrial Engineering in the discipline of energy and resource management from TU Berlin. His field of research is nuclear power economics with a focus on organizational models for decommissioning of nuclear power plants and radioactive waste management, economics of nuclear power plant new-build, and the dual-use issues of nuclear power. Wealer is a long-term member of a research project on nuclear energy in Germany, Europe, and abroad run jointly by TU Berlin and DIW Berlin and he is a co-author of the first German independent decommissioning monitoring survey.

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.

ZHOU Jie, PhD, is Vice-Director-General and Secretary-General of the International Forum for Clean Energy (IFCE, Macao), a Director of China Economic and Social Council and Senior Research Fellow of Wuhan New Energy Research Institute. He received his PhD in international politics from Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and master’s degree in international relations from China Foreign Affairs University. He also did advanced studies in the Law Department of Tokyo University and the International Politics Department of Beijing University. He has served as a visiting research fellow in Japan’s Gakushuin. His research concerns energy economics and technology, public policies and comparative study of legal system. He has published several papers and works relating to political reform & regime transition, energy strategy & industry policy, and clean energy & energy conservation and environmental protection fields.


Arnaud Martin, webdesigner and full-stack developer, initiated the development of the CMS SPIP in 2000, and launched the social network Seenthis.net in 2009. His work can be seen on 23FORWARD.