Join us as we embark on a journey through the dynamic landscape of advanced nuclear technologies, their potential impact on global energy markets, and the bipartisan support they are garnering in the corridors of power in Washington and globally. Watch our webinar HERE

During the webinar, our panellists will delve into:

  • The evolving landscape of advanced reactor technologies
  • Opportunities and challenges for widespread deployment of advanced nuclear solutions
  • Government initiatives and policies supporting the rapid commercialization of advanced nuclear technologies
  • The potential role of advanced nuclear in the hydrogen economy and its implications for global energy markets
  • Federal incentives and international collaborations driving innovation in the nuclear sector
  • Regulatory frameworks


The Hon Jeffrey S. Merrifield:

A luminary in the field of energy, Jeffrey is the chair of the US Nuclear Industry Council, bringing over three decades of experience to the discussion on nuclear energy. As a former Commissioner of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and legal counsel on the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, he possesses unparalleled insights into regulatory and legislative matters concerning the energy sector. Currently serving as a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in Washington, DC, his practice focuses on advanced nuclear reactors, physical security at operating nuclear facilities, and strategic counselling for executives and boards of directors. His expertise extends to advising leading Advanced Reactor developers, assisting nuclear utilities in navigating regulatory complexities, and advocating for common-sense, cost-effective solutions in the realm of energy and environmental policy.

Helen Cook:

Helen is the Principal of GNE Advisory Pty Ltd., is a leading authority on civil nuclear law and policy. With a practice dedicated to all aspects of the global civil nuclear sector, Helen brings a nuanced understanding of the legal and regulatory frameworks governing nuclear energy, as well as the procurement and construction of traditional and advanced nuclear technologies. Her expertise spans licensing, contracting, and strategic advisory services, making her an invaluable resource for companies navigating the complex landscape of nuclear regulation. Helen's insights into the transformative potential of advanced nuclear technologies and their implications for the global energy transition promise to enrich our discussion.

The Hon Dr. David Gillespie MP: 

A stalwart advocate for regional development and industry growth, brings a wealth of experience to the panel. Serving as Minister for Regional Health and Deputy Leader of the House in Australia, David has been a tireless champion for promoting businesses and industries outside capital cities. With a background in medicine spanning over three decades, including two decades as a local gastroenterologist and medical educator in Port Macquarie, he has a deep understanding of regional challenges and opportunities. His commitment to expanding access to global markets and fostering export opportunities underscores his dedication to advancing Australia's economic interests on the global stage. David has gained valuable insights from his experiences in the US and Canada regarding small modular reactors (SMRs) and nuclear energy.