Sixth International Conference on Geological Repositories (ICGR-6): Advancing Geological Repositories from Concept to Operation


William D. Magwood, IV

Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA)

Director General

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Director General


Mr William D. Magwood, IV is Director-General of the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Mr Magwood 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). While a Commissioner, Mr Magwood advocated the importance of nuclear regulatory independence and the necessity of maintaining strong, credible and technically sound nuclear regulation in the United States and all countries that use nuclear power. Prior the appointment of Mr Magwood at the NRC, from 2005 to 2010, he provided independent strategic and policy advice to the US and international clients on energy, environmental and technology policy issues. During this time, he also sat on various advisory groups and provided technical and policy advice to members of the US Congress on nuclear research, education and climate change policy. From 1998 to 2005, Mr Magwood was Director of Nuclear Energy at the US Department of Energy (DOE). During his tenure, he launched several important initiatives, including the US Nuclear Power 2010 programme and the Generation IV International Forum (GIF). He was also actively involved in the work of the NEA, serving as a Steering Committee bureau member from 1999 to 2003, and as Chair in 2004 and early 2005.

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