Generation IV International Forum: 20th Anniversary Celebration

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“Progress and Future Prospects toward Deploying GEN IV reactors as Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems”


Please join us on April 28 at 8:30 am EDT (UTC-4) for an international panel discussion featuring the current and former Chairs of the Generation IV International Forum.  

From its inception 20 years ago as a breakthrough concept for sharing multinational research on GEN IV fission reactors until today, the Gen IV program, fueled by government and private sector investments, has made substantial progress in collaborative R&D. 

The Chairs will provide their perspectives on the progress Gen IV has made and the prospects for the deployment of Gen IV systems.

This event is open to all.




NEA - DG William-D-Magwood-IV

Mr Magwood took up his duties as Director-General of the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) on 1 September 2014. He has extensive experience in both the regulatory and developmental aspects of nuclear energy, including at the international level.

From 2010 to 2014, he served as one of the five Commissioners appointed by the US President and confirmed by the US Senate to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

Prior to his appointment at the NRC, from 2005 to 2010 he provided independent strategic and policy advice to US and international clients on energy, environment, education, and technology policy issues. From 1998 to 2005, Mr Magwood was Director of the US Government’s civilian nuclear energy programme at the US Department of Energy (DOE). During his tenure, he established the Idaho National Laboratory; created activities that reversed the decline of US nuclear technology education; and launched important initiatives such as the Generation IV International Forum (GIF) of which he was the first Chair (Sept. 2003 to January 2005) and the US “Nuclear Power 2010,” which helped restart nuclear plant construction in the United States.



Mr. Yutaka Sagayama. Mr. Sagayama currently serves as Task Force Leader for Fast Reactor Development in JAEA. He is currently supporting METI to formulate a new Fast Reactor Development Program in Japan. He is one of the primary members for drawing up the R&D plan of Fast Reactor fuel cycle technology in Japan.

He held major important posts in the area of JAEA such as Director General of advanced nuclear system research & development directorate, Assistant to the president after 1999. He also has made efforts for international cooperation and served important posts of international framework.

Since 2004, he has served as senior adviser to MEXT, and was appointed Chairman of Generation-IV International Forum for 3 years from 2010 to 2012. Following his tenure, he became Chair Emeritus of Generation-IV International Forum.



Dr. John E. Kelly is Past President of the American Nuclear Society.  He retired as the Chief Technology Officer for Nuclear Energy at DOE (in 2017) where he was responsible for establishing the strategic technical direction for the civilian nuclear energy R&D program.  Prior to that, he was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Reactor Technologies where he was responsible programs on Small Modular Reactors, Light Water Reactors, Generation IV reactors, and nuclear power systems for space exploration. 

Internationally, he chaired the Generation IV International Forum (2013-2015) and the IAEA Standing Advisory Group on Nuclear Energy. Before his DOE career, he spent 30 years at Sandia National Laboratories engaged in a broad spectrum of research programs in nuclear reactor safety, advanced nuclear energy technology, and national security. 

Dr. Kelly received his B.S. degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan in 1976 and his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980.


Fiona Rayment

Dr Fiona Rayment OBE, FREng. Fiona is the Chief Science and Technology Officer at the UK National Nuclear Laboratory and has over twenty five years nuclear industry experience working primarily within operations, technology and strategic roles within the UK and internationally. Through her previous role in leading the Nuclear Innovation and Research Office she led on the provision of strategic nuclear advice into the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. She is a chartered Chemist and Engineer with a PhD in Chemistry from University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Chemistry and of the UK Nuclear Institute. She has an MBA from Manchester Business School.

Fiona recently served as a member of Euratom’s Science and Technology Committee. She is currently a member of the Office of Nuclear Regulation Independent Advisory Panel, Idaho National Laboratory's Nuclear Science and Technology Advisory Committee and CEA Energy Division’s Scientific Advisory Committee. She serves as a member of the U.K. Nuclear Industry Council and is a Member of the board of trustees of the Nuclear Institute. Fiona chairs the Innovation workstream of the Nuclear Sector Deal.

Fiona regularly represents the UK at a number of international meetings, and provides keynote / plenary speeches at a variety of international nuclear conferences. Currently she is vice chair of the OECD NEA’s Steering Committee and Bureau.


Patricia PAVIET

Dr. Patricia Paviet is the Group Leader of the Radiological Materials Group, at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and is the National Technical Director of the Molten Salt Reactor Campaign for the US Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Energy.

Prior to joining PNNL in 2018, she was, Director of the Office of Materials and Chemical Technologies at DOE - Office of Nuclear Energy, responsible for the R&D activities related to the back-end of the nuclear fuel cycle which include material recovery and waste-form development, as well as material protection, accountability and control technologies.

She is currently the Chair of the Gen IV International Forum - Education and Training Working Group, developing webinar series on Gen IV reactor systems which are monthly presented and archived ( She has more than 25 years of experience on the back end of the fuel cycle and has worked as a professor at ISU and UNLV, manager at Orano (former AREVA Federal Services), scientist and project lead at CEA, KIT, LLNL, LANL, INL, NBL. She obtained her PhD in radiochemistry from the University Paris XI, Orsay, France in 1992.


Diane Cameron

Ms Diane Cameron has been appointed Head of the Nuclear Technology Development and Economics Division in the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA/NTE). She took up her duties on 1 March 2021.

From 2014 to 2021, Ms Cameron was Director of the Nuclear Energy Division with the Government of Canada.  As Director, she headed up the division responsible for leading and co-ordinating Canadian public policy on nuclear energy.  Ms Cameron joined the Government of Canada in 2007 to work on environment, energy, and trade policy – including international relations and negotiations.  Ms Cameron served as Chair of the Canada’s Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Roadmap and Action Plan. Prior to her tenure with the Government of Canada, Ms Cameron worked in management consulting and engineering in the private sector specializing in global value chains and international logistics.

A Canadian national, Ms Cameron holds a Master’s Degree Technology and Policy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (US) where she was named Alfred Keil Fellow for Wiser Uses of Science and Technology. Ms Cameron also holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo (Canada).


Christophe BEHAR

Mr. Christophe BÉHAR, Fayat group, Director for energy, Chevalier of the Legion of Honour, Chevalier of the National Order of Merit

Since 2016 - Fayat group, Director for energy, report directly to owners of the company.
GIFEN - President of the French nuclear supply Chain.
Special advisor of Japanese METI about Fukushima.
Board of advisors in Kurchatov (Russia).
2009-2016 - CEA (Atomic energy commission).
Director of Nuclear Energy Division (4500 collaborators, 1,4 billion of € / year).
Special advisor of Japanese METI about Fukushima. 
Board of advisors in Kurchatov (Russia).
AIEA: Advisor of general director of AIEA in nuclear. 
President of French Nuclear Society.
GIF : Representative of France and President of the forum (vice-Chair of the GIF from 2010 to 2015).
January 2004 - CEA, Military applications division.
Director of the research centre DAM/Ile de France (2000 collaborators).
During this period, I created the french large computer centre (first supercalculator in Europe), in collaboration with the CNRS and universities. 
Creator and vice president of the association Teratec within the competitiveness pole SYSTEMATIC, comprising laboratories interested in using high performance computing and associated tools. 
October 2000 - CEA, Military applications division.
Director of Materials and Environmental Monitoring (3,5 billions of francs/year). 
1982 - Engineer of Ecole Centrale de Paris, Master degree in Fluid Mechanics.


François Gauche

Mr. François GAUCHÉ, Framatome, Vice-President CERCA and Fuel Supply Chain

Since 2019, Framatome - VP CERCA : Nuclear fuel for research reactors and targets for medical radioisotopes. 
President of TRIGA International

Since 2020, Framatome - VP Fuel Supply Chain

2016-18 - CEA - Director of Nuclear Energy Division.
Chairman of Generation IV International Forum.
Vice-President of French Nuclear Society (SFEN). 
International Special Advisor to NDF (decommissioning of Fukushima 1F).

2015 - ITER Organization - Director of Safety Department

2010-15 - CEA – Head of Program « 4th Generation Reactors »

2006-09 - CEA – Director of Agence ITER France

2004-06 - CNRS – Head of Cyclotron ARRONAX Project – Nantes

2000-04 - French Nuclear Safety Authority ASN – Head of regional division – Strasbourg



Dr. Hideki KAMIDE, Deputy Director General of Sector of Fast Reactor and Advanced Reactor Research and Development, Japan Atomic Energy Agency and GIF Policy Group Chair

Since 2018, Apr.; Deputy Director General of Sector of Fast Reactor and Advanced Reactor Research and Development, JAEA.

2014, Oct.: Director General of Fast Reactor Research and Development Center of Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA).

1985, Apr.: Joining Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Cycle Development Corporation (PNC, former organization of JAEA).

Academic or International Organizations Career

2020, Mar.: Fellow of Atomic Energy Society of Japan

Since 2019, Jan.: Chair of Generation IV International Forum (GIF)

2015, May: Vice Chair of Generation IV International Forum (GIF)

2015, April: Chair of Thermal Hydraulics Division of Atomic Energy Society of Japan

2010, Nov.: Ph.D. of Nuclear Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

1985, Mar.: Master's degree of Nuclear Engineering, Osaka University, Japan