Events at COP28
Net Zero Nuclear Summit 2023
The Net Zero Race to Clean Electrons and Molecules.
7-8 December 2023 8:30-18:00 Rixos Premium Hotel, JBR, Dubai, UAE

In these pivotal times, the urgency to generate sustainable energy is paramount. Enter the Net Zero Nuclear Summit, a shining beacon within COP28, heralding a brighter, more sustainable future.

This two-day conference is more than just an event - it's a movement. We're uniting government leaders, industry titans, hard to abate sectors, and civil society to harness, navigate, and magnify the potential of nuclear energy. All this while synergizing with other power-generating technologies to forge a Net Zero economy.

Our chosen theme, 'The Net Zero Race to Clean Molecules and Electrons,' underscores an urgent global mission: the soaring need for clean electrons and molecules to fuel economies and underpin vital processes, all in an eco-conscious way, steering us to a Net Zero horizon.

The quest for clean electron and molecule production, free from fluctuating supply chains, has risen to the top of global strategic agendas. Nations that master this and stay ahead will undeniably gain an upper hand in the global arena.

This race isn't just about speed; it's about transformation. About transitioning from age-old energy patterns to pathways powered by innovation and new partnerships to deliver clean molecules and electrons.

The Net Zero Nuclear Summit is your compass in this transformative expedition, offering a space where knowledge meets action, skeptics become believers, and the future becomes now.

From engaging debates to empowering discussions, from youth voices to global leadership pledges - every session is meticulously crafted to not just inform but inspire and generate momentum.

The Summit isn't for just the nuclear community, but for anyone and everyone who dreams of a sustainable future. Join us as we embark on this exhilarating journey towards a brighter, cleaner, and nuclear-powered tomorrow. Be part of this momentous race, and together, let's write the future of sustainable energy.


Day 1 – The Race to Deliver Clean Electrons and Molecules

9:00 – 10:00 Net Zero Nuclear – Setting the Stage
9:00 – 9:30 Opening Ceremony
  • Remarks by HE Minister Suhail Al Mazrouei, UAE Minister of Energy and Infrastructure
  • VIP remarks to be announced soon
9:30 – 10:00 Setting the Stage: Strategic Perspective

The Net Zero Race to Clean Electrons and Molecules: demand-side requirements, short-term synergies and longer-term priorities.

  • David Victor, Professor of Innovation and Public Policy at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at UC San Diego
  • Staffan Qvist, Researcher and CEO of QuantifiedCarbon
10:00 - 10:20 Fireside chat

Moderator: John Defterios

10:20 – 11:05 Leading the Charge for Clean Electrons and Molecules

Meet the leaders behind the new drive for nuclear to play an essential role in the delivering clean electrons and molecules.

  • Minister Andrew Bowie, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Nuclear and Networks), Department of Energy Security & Net Zero, UK
  • HE Mohamed Al Hammadi, ENEC Managing Director and CEO
  • Oliver Stone, Director
  • James Hansen, Professor of the Earth Institute, Columbia University
  • Mavi Zingoni, CEO of GE Power
  • Moderated by Atul Arya, Senior Vice President and Chief Energy Strategist, S&P Energy
11:05 – 11:35 Coffee Break
11:35 – 12:20 The Demand for Clean Electrons and Molecules
  • Michal Solowow, Chairman of MS Galleon
  • Devon Swezey, Senior Manager Head of Climate and Energy, Google
  • Dr. Gernot Wagner, Climate Economist and Director of Climate Knowledge Initiative, Columbia University
  • Dr. Sama Bilbao y León, Director General of the World Nuclear Association
  • Moderated by John Defterios
12:20 – 12:45 Leadership Vision: US EXIM Chair Lewis vision for Financing the Coming Energy Demand

Fireside with Atul Arya, Senior Vice President and Chief Energy Strategist, S&P Energy

12:45 – 13:45 Lunch Break
13:45 – 14:30 Unleashing Clean Growth: New Strategies in Nuclear Financing
  • Yoon Hee Sung, Chairman & CEO, KEXIM
  • Sophie Mourlon, Director General, Ministry of Energy and Climate Change, France
  • Dario Liguti, Director United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
  • Sebastien Soleille, Global Head of Energy Transition and Environment, Banque Nationale de Paris Bas
  • Daniel Hanna, Global Head of Sustainable Finance, Corporate & Investment Banking, Barclays
  • Simone Rossi, Chief Executive Officer, EDF UK
  • Moderated by: Atul Arya, Senior Vice President and Chief Energy Strategist, S&P Energy
14:30 – 14:50 Leadership Vision: to be announced

Fireside chat with John Defterios

14:50 – 15:35 Policy Pioneers in the Race to Clean Energy
  • Honorable Todd Smith, Minister of Energy, Ontario, Canada
  • HE Daniel Westlén, State Secretary of the Minister for Climate and Environment, Sweden
  • Mr. Nikolay Nikolov, Deputy Minister of Energy, Bulgaria
  • Dr Kathryn Huff, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Nuclear Energy, US Department of Energy
  • Johan Christian Sollid, Founder, Atomkraft Ja Tak, Denmark
  • Moderated by David Victor
15:35 – 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 – 16:45 Technology Pioneers of Clean Electrons and Molecules
  • Chris Levesque, President and CEO, Terrapower
  • John Wagner, Director, Idaho National Laboratory, USA
  • Michelle Brechtelsbauer, VP Strategy, Last Energy
  • Moderated by John Defterios
16:45 – 17:30 How to Fuel the Race?
  • Tim Gitzel, President and CEO, Cameco Corp
  • Dan Poneman, CEO of Centrus
  • Boris Schucht, CEO of Urenco
  • Clay Sell, CEO, X-Energy
  • Moderated by Dr Chris Keefer, Decouple Media
17:30 - 17:45 Recap for End of Day 1 & lookahead to Day 2


Day 2 – Building Momentum to Triple Nuclear Energy by 2050

9:00 – 9:15 Opening Leadership Keynote
9:15 – 9:40 Fireside chat

Isabelle Boemeke ‘Isodope’ and David Livingston, Senior Advisor, Office of the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate

9:40 – 10:30 Youth Day @ COP28 - The New Generation of Clean Energy Advocates
  • Paris Ortiz Wines, Stand Up for Nuclear
  • Tea Tormanen, RePlanet, Finland
  • William Shakel, Founder, Nuclear for Australia
  • Grace Stanke, Miss America and Nuclear Engineering student
  • Edoardo Ventafridda, Italy
  • Abubaker Sadiq Aliyu, Nigeria
  • Moderated by Chris Keefer

Link to COP28 – Youth, Inclusion, Energy, Industry, Just Transition, Multilevel Action, Education and Skills

10:30 – 11:10 Coffee Break
11:10 – 11:30 Secretary Ernie Moniz Fireside with Chris Keefer
11:30 – 12:20 A New Era of Environmentalism
  • Akseli Rouvari, Finnish Green Party
  • Kirstin Zaitz, Co-Founder, Mothers for Nuclear
  • Dr Ben Heard, Senior Consultant, Frazer-Nash Consultancy
  • Jeremy Harrell, Chief Strategy Officer, Clearpath
  • Tyson Culver, Director: Juice: Power, Politics, and the Grid
  • Moderated by Mark Nelson
12:20 – 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 – 13:40 From Silicon Valley to Reactors: Innovation in the Nuclear Industry (Pre-recorded Fireside Chat)

Nathan Myldroid, Emeritus Researcher, Former Chief Technology Officer of Microsoft and Vice Chairman of Terrapower with Chris Keefer

13:40 – 14:25 Trailblazers of Innovation
  • Yasir Arafat, inventor of the MARVEL Microreactor
  • Joe St. Julian, President of Nuclear, AtkinsRealis
  • David Durham, President, Plant Solutions, Westinghouse
  • Dr Chris Martin, Chairman, Tokamak Energy
  • Moderated by: Emma Wong, Senior Nuclear Technology & Innovation Advisor, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency
14:25 – 15:10 Perfect Partners for Clean Energy Production
  • Dr. Kam Ghaffarian, Founder and Chairman, X-Energy
  • Jon Guidroz – Microsoft – Terrapraxis
  • Cosmin Ghita, CEO, NuclearElectrica
  • Zou Zhengyu, President, China National Nuclear Power Co.
  • Moderated by: Lindsey Walter, Director, International Policy, Third Way
15:10 – 15:50 Coffee Break
15:50 – 16:35 New Financing Instruments for Clean Energy
  • Minister Sikela, Minister of Economy, Czech Republic
  • Nicolle Butcher, Chief Operating Officer, OPG, Canada
  • Musabeh Al Kaabi, Executive Director, Low Carbon Solutions and International Growth, ADNOC, United Arab Emirates
  • Dr Chris Keefer, DeCouple Media, Canadians for Nuclear Energy
  • Moderated by: Staffan Qvist, Researcher and CEO of QuantifiedCarbon

Link to COP28 – Energy, Industry, Just Transition, Finance

16:35 – 17:20 High Quality Careers: the Opportunity of Clean Energy
  • Herve Maillard, Head Coordinator of the French Nuclear Sector, EDF, France
  • Moderated by: Mark Nelson, Radiant Energy Group
17:20 – 17:30 Closing
published on: 7 November 2023written by: Net Zero Nuclear
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