Management Board - NEST

The main decision body of the NEST Framework is the Management Board which includes one member and one alternate from each NEST Country.

The main roles and responsibilities of the NEST Management Board are to:

  • adopt the NEST programme of work and the NEST budget;
  • select the NEST projects;
  • steer the NEST Framework.

Prof. Dr Andreas Pautz from Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) is the current Chair of the Management Board (2019-2023).


Management Board members

The current members of the Management Board are: 


NEST Country


Board Member

Alternate Member


Michèle Coeck

Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK•CEN)

Niels Belmans 

Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK•CEN)


Daniel Brady

Natural Resources Canada/Ressources naturelles  Canada (NRCan/RNCan)

Antoine de la Chevrotiere

Natural Resources Canada/Ressources naturelles Canada (NRCan/RNCan)


Stephanie Cornet

Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternative (CEA)

Didier Gay

 Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire (IRSN)


Katharina Stummeyer

Gesellschaft für Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit (GRS) gGmbH)

Peter Ungelenk

Gesellschaft für Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit (GRS) gGmbH


Elisabetta Nava

Italian National Agency for new technologies, Energy and Sustainable economic development (ENEA)

Marie Claire Cantone

University of Milan


Tetsuji Yamaguchi

Collaborative Laboratories for Advanced Decommissioning Science (CLADS)/Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA)

Koji Okamoto  

Collaborative Laboratories for Advanced Decommissioning Science (CLADS)/Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA)


Chaeyoung Park

Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI)

Bo Ram Kwon

Korea Nuclear International Cooperation Foundation (KONICOF)


Alexandra Mares

Ministry of Energy

Daniel-Mihai Dutu

Ministry of Energy



State Atomic Energy Corporation "Rosatom" (ROSATOM)



Andreas Pautz

Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI)

Domenico Paladino

Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI)

United States 

Diana Li

US Department of Energy (DOE)

Janelle Eddins

US Department of Energy (DoE)




NEST Management Board members at the Seventh NEST Management Board meeting, 28-29 March 2023. 


Bureau members


The Management Board is supported in its day-to-day decision by a Bureau composed by 4 Management Board members


Prof. Dr Andreas Pautz, PSI, Chair
mceclip2 - 2020-03-23 18h20m42s Andreas Pautz is professor of nuclear engineering at EPFL, and head of the Nuclear Energy and Safety research division at the Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI). He received a Master of Science degree in theoretical physics from the University of Manchester in 1995, and graduated in experimental physics/quantum optics at University of Hannover in 1997. In 2001, he obtained a PhD in nuclear engineering from Technical University of Munich, in a joint effort with GRS (Gesellschaft für Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit), the central German Federal expert organisation for nuclear safety. After working for two years for the state regulator at TÜV Nord, where he was responsible for the reactor physics oversight and safety analysis of two 1300 MW Northern German nuclear power plants, he joined AREVA NP, Europe’s largest nuclear power plant vendor in 2003. In 2004, he was promoted group leader for the development of AREVA’s next-generation reactor core simulator, a software suite designed for the entire fleet of AREVA’s reactors worldwide (more than 100 NPP). In 2007, he re-joined GRS as department head for reactor physics and core behaviour, and was promoted director of GRS’ reactor safety research division in 2010. In 2012, he received a nomination as full professor at EPFL, and director of the two Laboratories for Reactor Physics and System Behavior (LRS) at both PSI and EPFL, and became head of PSI’s Nuclear Energy and Safety division in 2016. Andreas Pautz represents Switzerland in several high-level international nuclear safety panels at the OECD and the IAEA, and is a frequent advisor in matters of nuclear safety and education to numerous private and public organizations.
Dr Katharina Strummeyer, GRS, Vice-Chair
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Katharina Stummeyer is Head of the Project Management Agency at the Gesellschaft fuer Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit (GRS) gGmbH. This specialised division of GRS implements and coordinates nuclear safety research programmes on behalf of several German Federal Ministries. The topics covered range from reactor safety research programs to research on waste management and on nuclear decommissioning.

Katharina has extensive experience in research management and a profound overview of the German nuclear safety research community. She is an active member of the German Alliance for Competence in Nuclear Technology and the current spokesperson of the German Network of Project Funding Agencies.

On the international level Katharina is a member of the Committee on the Safety of Nuclear Installations (CSNI) of NEA and has been active in several international research programs. Katharina graduated in 2000 from the Leibniz University in Hanover and holds a Doctoral degree in Natural Sciences.  She was active as researcher at the MH Hannover (X-Ray Crystallography and radiation protection) before she joined GRS in 2009.

Dr Valery Karezin, ROSATOM
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Valery Karezin is Director of Education Projects at Rosatom State Atomic Corporation and  Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Moscow State University
He is a PhD Graduate of the Department of Chemistry and Department of Sociology of Moscow State University (Lomonosov MSU) and completed his PhD dissertation on the subject of Thermoluminescent Dosimetry.

He currently teaches radiochemistry and radioecology at the Department of Chemistry, Moscow State University.

Before assuming his current position, Valery led the Education and International Affairs departments of Moscow State University.

In 2010, he joined the Rosatom State Corporation. As director of the Projects Office, he oversees ongoing projects in co-operation with Russian universities and universities of partner countries.

Valery authored a number of publications in international scientific journals.
He has been recognised with a multiple awards in the field of HR-technologies as well as for his contribution to development of nuclear industry.

Mrs Diana Li, DoE

Diana Li, NEST Bureau 

Diana Li is a Program Manager for the Office of Nuclear Reactor Deployment within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy. She is responsible for co-ordinating cooperative research, development and demonstration projects conducted by DOE national laboratories and U.S. nuclear industry partners for High-Temperature Reactors and Microreactors.

Prior to joining the DOE, Ms Li was focused on nuclear fuels for a light water reactor utility. While working at the utility, she was responsible for ensuring fuel was fabricated properly and continued to function without failure during reactor operation at two pressurised water reactors and one boiling water reactor. She also supported spent fuel storage campaigns and ensured special nuclear material accountability requirements were implemented at the reactor facilities.

Ms Li holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Nuclear Engineering.