7th International Conference on Geological Repositories - Empowering Progress in Development of Deep Geological Repositories


Soufiane Mekki

Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA)



Soufiane MEKKI is a senior radioactive waste management specialist at the Radioactive Waste Management & Decommissioning Division. He graduated in 2006 from a Ph.D in Nuclear Chemistry aiming at a feasibility demonstration to perform a “green” spent fuel reprocessing cycle using recyclable liquid media for the separation for Minor actinides (U, Pu, Am). He then joined the University of Illinois Chicago as a Research Specialist to contribute to the US DoE remediation programme of the Hanford Site (in Washington State) by studying the geochemical & physical-chemical conditions triggering actinides mobility in the soils. In 2009, Soufiane joined the French Institute for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) as a nuclear safety engineer and then, embarked on a 10-years long journey at Andra, the French Radioactive Waste Management Agency, where he held various positions, such as: - Near surface disposal facility safety specialist for the CSA safety case reassessment including waste acceptance criteria revision, - Waste acceptance manager, by evaluating and reviewing various Waste Generators waste streams compliance with established WAC (chemical, mechanical, radiological, and quality assurance/quality control) - And finally in charge of International Institutional Relations and specific bilateral cooperation activities Soufiane has held in United Arab Emirates / ENEC (Emirates Nuclear Energy Company) – prior to joining the NEA - a position of Head of the Near Surface Disposal Facility System Assessment contributing to the roadmap development of the planned disposal facility.