Ms Yeonhee Hah has been appointed NEA Head of the Division of Human Aspects of Nuclear Safety (HANS). She took up her duties on 7 September 2015.
In line with the strategic orientations of the Secretary-General in the area of nuclear energy, Ms Hah will support the NEA Director-General and the senior official in charge of Agency work in areas associated with improving nuclear safety cultures in the context of national cultures; enhancing stakeholder and public engagement in nuclear regulatory, safety and nuclear waste contexts; and ensuring appropriate levels of training to ensure high levels of nuclear safety in NEA member countries.
Ms Hah is an expert in international co-operation with 20 years' experience working for the Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety (KINS). She has extensive expertise in areas such as international co-operation, public communication, education and training, regulatory policy and development, and interaction with various stakeholders. Prior to joining the NEA, Ms Hah was with the Education and Training Department at the KINS International Nuclear Safety School, where she was developing and providing training programmes for "newcomer" countries in support of regulatory capacity building. She was previously the Head of the International Co-operation Department for several years where she was responsible for leading the Institute's efforts to establish strong, co-operative programmes with other regulatory and multilateral organisations around the world. From 2010 to April 2014, Ms Hah chaired the NEA's Working Group on Public Communication of Nuclear Regulatory Organisations.
Ms Hah, a Korean national, holds a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in English from Chungnam National University, and another Master's degree in Communications from Ewha Women's University. As NEA Head of the Division of Human Aspects of Nuclear Safety, Ms Hah will have a transition period in anticipation of the retirement of the acting incumbent, Mr Javier Reig, in February 2016.
Last reviewed: 7 September 2015