Paris, 29 August 2001
The Secretary-General of the OECD, Mr. Donald Johnston, announced earlier this month the appointment of Ms. Carol E. Kessler as Deputy Director-General of the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), succeeding Mr Samuel Thompson who has retired. Ms Kessler took up her duties in the NEA on 1 August 2001.
Ms. Kessler has extensive experience in nuclear energy co-operation and in nuclear non-proliferation and defence issues, with first-hand knowledge of international organisations.
From 1995 to 2000, Ms. Kessler was the Senior Co-ordinator for Nuclear Safety in the Bureau of Nonproliferation at the U.S. Department of State, chairing in 1997 the G-7 Nuclear Safety Working Group. From 1988 to 1995, she had various responsibilities in the Bureau of Nonproliferation, the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, in the office of the Deputy Secretary, and in the Bureau of Oceans, International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, at the U.S. Department of State.
From 1984 to 1988, she was Policy Analyst on non-proliferation, international safeguards and nuclear export controls in the Office of International Programs at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Ms. Kessler, who is of American nationality, holds a Masters of Science in Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an A.B. in Bio-geology from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.