Director, Department of Nuclear Energy - International Atomic Energy Agency
Mr Christophe Xerri has more than 25 years of experience in the nuclear field, with a focus on nuclear fuel cycle and waste management. Before his appointment to the IAEA, he served from 2011 to 2015 as Counsellor for Nuclear Affairs to the French Embassy in Japan and in Mongolia.
He joined COGEMA (now ORANO) in 1991, in the field of spent fuel and waste management. He then moved to uranium mining and enrichment technology. Later, he worked in non-proliferation and then was assigned to the office of the President of AREVA (nuclear reactors, fuel cycle, electricity transmission equipment).
He moved to Japan in 2007 and became Vice President of Mitsubishi Nuclear Fuel in 2009, where he was also involved in handling the consequences of the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011.
Mr Xerri holds an Engineer’s degree from Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France, a Master of Science from Salford University, UK; and an MBA from Institut Supérieur des Affaires in France.
Keynote Presentation: An international perspective on the future path of nuclear energy
How can the world meet climate goals while at the same time extending access to reliable, clean and affordable energy to the growing world population, meeting development aspiration of many countries and ensuring resilience and energy security? An increasing number of energy and climate experts consider that nuclear is one such technology. The existing fleet is performing well, many new power plants are being built in China, India and elsewhere to provide electricity for the coming 60 to 80 years. And the industry is busy developing a new generation of reactors aimed at being more efficient, versatile and cost-effective. Some developments are focused on smart small size solutions which could well integrate in a decentralized grid with a high share of renewable electricity. Some other developments are looking at the deployment of new types of reactor technology. Recycling of used fuel has a future but will not reduce the need for fresh uranium any time soon. Since the middle of last century, uranium has sustainably fuelled the fleet of nuclear power plants in the world; it will continue to do so well into the next century.