Jean-André BARBOSA Country Chief Representative Central Eastern Europe, AREVA Czech Republic
Mr. Barbosa is an engineering graduate with Highest Honours from the prestigious Ingénieur Civil de l’Ecole des Mines de Paris and the Ingénieur du Corps des Mines. He speaks five languages – Spanish, French, English, Polish and Russian. From the 2014 he acts as the AREVA Director for the Central Eastern Europe. Before his appointment to Regional Director, he worked as Poland Chief Representative.
Prior to joining AREVA, Mr. Barbosa was Regional Managing Director of the global glass manufacturer Verallia (Saint-Gobain Group) in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), managing three plants in Russia and Ukraine and selling in over ten export and domestic markets. Prior to that, Mr. Barbosa worked for the European Commission as a Policy officer on Gas and Electricity markets, in charge in particular of CEE and Balkans issues. He was also part of the EC Negotiating team for Rules in the WTO Doha Round, and before that an EC Senior Team Leader in Trade Defence Instruments procedures. He has also been a Foreign Trade Advisor to the French Ambassador in Ukraine.
Václav DOSTÁL Associate Professor, Department of Energy Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague
After graduation with Master´s Degree from the Department Thermal and Nuclear Power Systems of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague (2000), he joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for doctoral studies in nuclear engineering and graduated in 2004 (Ph.D. Degree). Then he worked in Japan at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Research Laboratory for Nuclear Reactors with prof. Takahashi. His research topic was the fast direct contact boiling lead-bismuth cooled reactor. After his return to the Czech Republic in the summer of 2007, he strengthened an academic staff of the Department of Power Engineering of the FME CTU in Prague. He is also working as the researcher in the Division of Nuclear Safety of the ÚJV a.s. Since 2009 he has been Vice-President of the CENEN association (Czech Nuclear Education Network), which contributes to enhancement of the quality of the Czech nuclear education. Main focus of his pedagogical activities concerns of the lectures in study program ´Nuclear Power Plants´. His scientific interest includes nuclear reactors thermal hydraulics, boiling crisis, the safety of nuclear power facilities and their design.
Dana DRÁBOVÁ Chairwoman of the State Office for Nuclear Safety
After graduating from the Faculty of Nuclear Science and Physical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in1985 (where she also received scientific degree in 2002) she dealt with several topics in radiation protection field. Since May 1996 as Director she managed the National Radiation Protection Institute and on November 1999 was appointed Chairwoman of the State Office for Nuclear Safety. In connection with it she participated in a number of IAEA expert missions aimed on improving the regulatory framework for radiation protection and nuclear safety in developing countries, and has held various positions in the IAEA Board of Governors (Vice-President) and WENRA (President). Currently she acts as Chairperson of the IAEA Safety Standards Committee, participates at the work of the Advisory Committee for Nuclear Safety to the IAEA Director General, and is member of scientific councils of several technical universities and research bodies.
Miroslav FIALA Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO, ŠKODA JS a.s.
Miroslav Fiala graduated from the University of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering in Pilsen (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Power Engineering Department). Since 1968 he has worked at ŠKODA JS, where he performed the positions of designer, chief designer, head of Technical Preparation of NPP Installations, head of Final Supplies for Mochovce and Temelin NPPs. In 1994 he was appointed director of the Supplies for Power Industry, in 1998 he became the director of NPP Sales and Engineering. In 2000 - 2006 he was the director of NPP Equipment Division and director of the NPP Engineering and Services Division, respectively.
Since 2006 he holds the position of the General Director of ŠKODA JS a.s., from the same year he is also the Chairman of the company´s Board of Directors.
Miroslav Fiala has dedicated his life to nuclear energy and to ŠKODA Works in Pilsen. He has worked in various management positions in design, engineering, commerce and implementation, focusing on the primary circuit and fuel handling systems of nuclear power plants with VVER reactors. He has participated in the construction, modernization and servicing of all fifteen Czech and Slovak nuclear power plant units, starting with A-1 power plant in Bohunice, then units V-1 and V-2 in the same location, Dukovany up to Mochovce and Temelin.
After the opening of the market in the nineties, Mr. Fiala contributed significantly to qualifying ŠKODA JS onto the vendor list for chief contractors, and to establishing the company in new territories, particularly in Eastern and Western Europe. At present, the proportion of company export therefore permanently represents more than half of company revenues. The majority of this volume consists in supplies to EU countries.
Extensive knowledge of nuclear issues has earned Miroslav Fiala the respect of partners in the nuclear power industry as well of professional public.
František HEZOUČKÝ consultant, former chief person for commissioning of all Czechoslovak and Czech NPPs
He is a graduate of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Czech Technical University (specialization in thermal and power facilities) as well as at the Slovak Technical University (field of nuclear technique). He has long-term experience with commissioning of the nuclear power plants in Jaslovské Bohunice where he gradually held number of various positions from the Primary Circuit Operator up to Department of Operational Modes Head. In Dukovany Nuclear Power Plant he worked as the Chief Commissioning Engineer of all four units. During 1987 – 1993, he worked in the Temelín NPP as a Deputy Director for Operation Preparation and as a Deputy Director for Commissioning. In the following years he worked for Westinghouse as advisory engineer for Temelin completion project, and for consulting company Colenco, too. In January 1999, he was elected the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of ČEZ, and on June 10, 1999, he became Managing Director of the Temelín NPP Construction Division. Under his leadership there has been a fundamental change in the timing of construction rate. After the Temelin NPP completion in April 2003 he left ČEZ to work for IAEA in Vienna as Senior Nuclear Engineer. Since the end of this mission he provides consulting services and holds lectures at several technical universities.
František HRDLIČKA Professor and Dean Emeritus, Project Manager, Civil Nuclear Cooperation Center, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague
Graduated from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague, Department of Energy Engineering, with specialization on steam boilers (1969). After several years of experience in the industry in 1976 he joined Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague as a researcher, and he received scientific degree in 1982, was habilitated in 1993 and appointed by professor in the field of design and process technology in 2004. At the faculty he worked gradually as a lecturer at the Institute of Fluid Mechanics and Energy, Deputy Head of Department, Head of Laboratory and Head of the Department of thermal and nuclear power plants. In 2004 - 2006 he was Vice-Rector of the Czech Technical University in Prague for education and since 2006 to 2014 was the Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.
In 1985 he was appointed as authorized expert in the field of power and energy. He was one of the founders of the Czech Chamber of Certified Technicians and Engineers, where he currently acts as Supervisory Board Vice Chairman. Since 1994 he is a member of ASME (USA). F. Hrdlička acts as a representative of the Czech Technical University in Czech Committee FEANI, further is a member of the FBC Committee of the International Energy Agency, member of Advisory Committee for Nuclear Safety of the State Office for Nuclear Safety, and also member of scientific councils of NRI Řež and three faculties of mechanical engineering (Technical University of Ostrava, Slovak Technical University in Bratislava and Technical University in Košice). He is the author and co-author of number of contributions in domestic and foreign journals, the author of many technical solutions, industrial designs and patents, author of university textbooks, and he has introduced new industry subjects. He participates on number of international research projects, contributes in international conferences, and cooperates on the implementation of technical solutions in the industry.
Pavel JANÍK Managing Director for Westinghouse Czech Republic
Pavel Janik ensures all activities for Westinghouse not only in the Czech Republic, but also in the Slovak Republic and Hungary.
Pavel Janik studied civil engineering at the Czech Technical University in Prague. During his studies he participated in several working programs for the students in Germany and United States, he began his career in the company ŠKODA PRAHA and subsequently in ŠKODA POWER, where he held various technical and commercial positions. At that time he was responsible for ŠKODA POWER branch in Mexico, then for a similar project in Sweden. In 2007, Pavel Janik accepted an offer to work in the company ČEZ, where he worked as the Chairman of the Board of ČEZ Bohunice and he also worked for this company as a project manager in the department of Mergers and Acquisitions. Since June 2013, Pavel Janik has been working as a regional head of the American company Westinghouse. In the Czech Republic, he leads a team of ten people; some of them are the technicians working at the Temelin power plant.
Josef KOTRBA Managing Partner, Deloitte Czech Republic
Prior joining Deloitte in 1999 Josef served as a Board Member and Deputy CEO of Ceska sporitelna where he was responsible for investment banking. He also served as a member of the Board of SPT Telecom, a.s. and as a member of the Exchange Chamber. In 1999 he was a member of the Committee on the Restructuring of the Czech industry established by the Deputy Prime Minister. 1993-1997 he worked at CERGE, Charles University and the Economics Institute of deputy director and researcher. Josef participated in or led many large transactions that have taken place in the Czech Republic in recent years. In the area of corporate finance transactions he led several sell-side projects for large and medium-sized national companies and buy-side projects for large national and multinational companies. His areas of expertise are M&A advisory in energy and transportation, privatization and restructuring. He is also active in PPP area.
Josef holds a Doctorate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master’s degree from the Prague School of Economics.
Byeongsoo KWON Senior Manager, Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO)
He majored in Civil Engineering at Kyungwon University, in 1996. During his service in KEPCO, he finished his masters’ degree in the field of Risk Management construction projects at KEPCO International Nuclear Graduate School (KINGS) which was specially established to produce leadership level nuclear professionals. Thesis topic for the degree of Masters of Science in Nuclear Power Plant engineering was "A study on the development of risk management methods on an overseas Nuclear Power Plant Construction". His thesis was selected as a best paper award at the 2013 annual conference of the Korea Project Management Association (KPMA).
During his 18 years at KEPCO, he has conducted construction and engineering consulting projects of power plant and transmission system from multilateral development banks such as World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and European Investment Bank (EIB). He also had experience in building a nuclear power plant in North Korea serving as a KEPCO’s project engineer in the Quality Surveillance department under the Korean peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO). Now he has worked in the overseas nuclear project development department since 2013. He also has been registered as certified engineer of the ADB, and served as a chairperson of the KINGS alumni association for sharing his experience at nuclear industries.
Aleš LACIOK Head of Research and Development, ČEZ, a.s.
Aleš Laciok graduated from the Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague (1991) and completed MBA studies at Sheffield Hallam University in 2006. In the years 1994 – 2006 he worked in NRI Řež, primarily in the area of development systems and technologies of radioactive waste management, risk and safety analyses, and fuel cycle analyses (including assessment of socio-economic aspects). He participated in the elaboration of the state concept of management of radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel. Since early 2007 he joined ČEZ, plc, where is currently responsible for research and development. He has experience in international projects (EU Framework Programme for Research, IAEA, OECD NEA). He is Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Technological Platform “Sustainable Energy” and a member of the Executive Committee of NUGENIA (Nuclear Generation Association).
Jiří MAREK NERS2014 Chairman
Jiri is the consultant in the field of power industry and is the Head Executive of JMM Consulting, Ltd. – a company focused on advisory services and organization of professional activities. After graduating from the Czech Technical University, Faculty of Technical and Nuclear Physics, he worked in research; he has been working in the power industry field since 1974 (until 1996 in ČEZ). For the last twenty years, he was the advisor of the Minister of Industry and Trade, chairman and vice-chairman of the Supervisory Board of ČEZ, a member of supervisory boards in several energy distribution companies and an advisor of Deputy Ministers of Finance. In these positions, he was dealing with the reorganization of state administration in power industry, the development of state energy policy, the establishment of the State Office for Nuclear Safety and with the preparation of the privatization of Czech power industry. He is occupied by publication activities, mainly in the field of nuclear power industry and has wide experience in organizing of international and specialized professional conferences and meetings. His positions are quoted on TV, radio and in economic periodicals. In 2014 he co-founded a publicly beneficial organization Českomoravská technika (Czech-Moravian Technique), aimed at promoting of the technology and technical erudition where he acts as the Chairman of the Board.
Jan MLÁDEK Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic
He graduated from the University of Economics in Prague (1983) and passed two-years´ course in Mathematics and Physics Faculty of Charles University (1989). He obtained the PhD. degree in the Prognostics Institute of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences (1990). During the period of 1991-2 he was appointed as the Deputy Federal Minister of Economy and from 1999 to 2001as the Deputy Minister of Finance. In the years 1993-8 he cooperated with the Central European University, Prague/Budapest on the study of the transformation and privatization of the post-communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe; also acted in the civil service - adviser to the Minister of Trade and Industry, member of the Steering Committee for the privatization of banks and representative of the Czech National Bank Governor in the International Monetary Fund. He has published many scientific papers at home and abroad.
His main task within the Czech Social Democratic Party structure is to chair the Economics Committee. Between June 2002 and December 2005 he was a Member of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Parliament; he held the position of the Minister of Agriculture during the years 2005-6. His main fields of interest include systemic changes and macroeconomic regulation, privatization, restructuring and industrial policy.
Zdeněk ŠÍMA Executive Head, Rosatom Central Europe
Zdenek graduated at Prague School of Economics, major in foreign trade. Since 1983 he has been working at various levels at Skodaexport. Foreign experience was gained during his long-tem stay in Pakistan in 1989-92, executing power generation and metallurgy projects. During 25 years in Skodaexport, he was responsible for numerous projects abroad, mainly in power sector, metallurgy and oil&gas. Since 2009 he has been working for ČEZ, Department of new NPPs construction, being responsible for commercial management of projects. After a short employment at Chladici veze Praha he joined Rosatom, a Russian state-owned conglomerate, in 2012.
At present, he manages Rosatom Central Europe, a Rosatom marketing entity responsible for Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.
Miroslav VRBA Member of the Board of Directors, ČEPS (Czech Trasmission Grid Operator)
A graduate of the Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Electrical Engineering (M.Sc. in Economics and Management, 1982), where he received also a scientific degree PhD. From 1986 till 1993 he worked at the Institute of General Energy of the Academy of Science. After that he spent twelve years of his professional career with Czech dominant electrical power producer ČEZ at different positions like Strategy Director or Director responsible for scheduling and dispatching of power plants units. Since 2005 he is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Czech Transmission System Operator, state owned company ČEPS, responsible for dispatching management and for information and communication systems.
M. Vrba became the Chairman of the Czech Energy Committee of the World Energy Council in 2006. He is a member of the Supervisory Board of the Association of Energy Managers and member of the Executive Committee of the Technology Platform “Sustainable Energy”.