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


Sandi Viršek

ARAO (Agency for Radioactive Waste Management), Slovenia

Director and Chief Executive Officer


Sandi Viršek received B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree in Geotehnology and Mining from Ljubljana University. After diploma he started to work for ARAO. From 2003 to 2008 He was responsible for GIS database and development of GIS tools for the screening of Slovenian territory in the search of the site for the Slovenian planned LILW disposal facility. He was also the member of the local community partnership (established by ARAO, to involve the locals in to the siting process) responsible for all technical topics during the siting. He helped with development of Slovenian parameters database from site characterization for the LILW repository. He was one of the main authors of the Program for site characterization for all Slovenian potential sites for LILW repository in the siting phase. He was responsible for the first campaign of the site investigation for the LILW disposal facility. He cooperates all the time in the Slovenian disposal concept development. From 2008 to 2017 was responsible for Safety case development for nuclear facilities under ARAOs operation. He was project manager for ARAO for all projects related to Safety case, Safety assessment and Safety calculations. He is the leader of the group that prepared the Safety case for Central storage facility and LILW disposal facility in Slovenia. From 2003 on, he cooperates in different IAEA and OECD projects related to site characterization, safety case and disposal concept. Since 2017 he is working as the CEO of ARAO with full set of the responsibilities for planning and implementing strategies and programs for safe, secure and efficient management of radioactive waste. Providing infrastructure and expert back-end support to all users of nuclear and radiation technologies in Slovenia. Preventing negative impacts on environment and human health arising from radioactive waste and RAW management activities.