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The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Managing the Atom will host an off-the-record seminar with Jacques Besnainou on Wednesday, May 27th in the Belfer Center Library (L369).

Jacques Besnainou was appointed President of AREVA Inc. and President and CEO of AREVA NC Inc. on September 1, 2008. Mr. Besnainou holds Master of Science degrees in Mathematics, Engineering and Public Policy from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole des Mines - France's leading engineering schools. Jacques has acquired nearly 20 years of management and systems engineering experience in both France and the United States.

Mr. Besnainou began his career in 1987 as a management consultant for a French investment bank, but was shortly thereafter appointed as an advisor to the French Ministry of Industry for civilian nuclear affairs. In 1993, Jacques joined the Ecobilan Group, an environmental consulting firm specializing in life cycle assessments. He went on to successfully form and develop Ecobilan's U.S. subsidiary, and relocated to the Washington, DC area. After becoming the CEO of the Ecobilan Group, he negotiated its sale to PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2000. Mr. Besnainou then joined COGEMA, Inc. in 2001 as Executive Vice-President, in charge of used nuclear fuel management operations in the United States. In 2005, Mr. Besnainou was appointed at the AREVA Nuclear Executive Committee in charge of the Back End sector.