NEST Secretariat

 The NEST Secretariat  monitors the progress of the different NEST Projects, supports the Management Board in the Monitoring and Evaluation process and provides the interface between the NEST Projects and the Management Board.

The NEA staff comprising the NEST Secretariat are: 


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Dr. Antonella di Trapani

Antonella di Trapani is leading nuclear education activities at the NEA. Before joining the NEA in July 2018, she was Team Leader for Science Policy Advice within the European Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism. Prior to that, she has held several positions as Programme Manager and Head of International Cooperation, at the G20 Wheat Initiative, European Commission European Research Council and European Science Foundation, managing large scale collaborative projects, capacity building networks and the largest grants in Europe. In addition,  she also worked for the private sector as  Research Scientist in Johnson Matthey Technology Centre. 
She was awarded two EC Marie Curie Fellowships to carry out her PhD and PostDoc, and she was Chair of the Marie Curie Fellows Association, the largest Fellows’ network in Europe. She also founded and chaired the Women in Science Working Group. She is also co-founder and former Vice-Chair of the Gender in Science for Mobile Scientists of the Marie Curie Alumni Association.

She is an Italian national and holds a MSc in Chemistry from the University of Palermo (Italy) during which she was awarded an  Erasmus Fellowship at University College London (UK), a PhD in Chemistry and a PostGraduate Diploma in Quality Improvement from Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), a MSc in Science Communication and Journalism from University of Ferrara (Italy), and a PostGraduate Diploma in International Development from London School of Economics and Social Sciences (UK).

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Dr. Markus Beilmann, responsible for the HYMERES project and Research Reactors project

Markus Beilmann works since May 2017 for the NEA in the Division of Nuclear Safety Technology and Regulation as an administrator to support joint projects. He is responsible for projects addressing different areas of safety research and supports the members during the entire lifespan of each project. In this context he supports the HYMERES-2 project that co-operates very closely with the NEST initiative. Originally, he studied radio-chemistry and conducted his doctorate studies at JRC-Karlsruhe in Germany. Before joining the NEA, he worked as technical expert on reactor safety research at the project management agency of the Gesellschaft für Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit (GRS) gGmbH, in Germany where he supported domestic as well as international reactor safety research projects.

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Dr. Martin Brandauer, responsible for Advanced Robotics for Decommissioning project and BEAST project

Martin Brandauer joined the NEA Division of Radioactive Waste Management and Decommissioning (RWMD) in August 2019 as a decommissioning expert. He is currently responsible for the Committee on Decommissioning of Nuclear Installations and Legacy Management (CDLM) and associated bodies. He is also closely working with the Expert Group on the Application of Robotics and Remote Systems in the Nuclear Back-end (EGRRS) of the Radioactive Waste Management Committee (RWMC). He has a diploma in mechanical engineering from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and did his doctoral thesis on radioactive waste separation during decommissioning at the University of Stuttgart. Before joining the NEA, he was working at KIT as a programme manager within the “Nuclear Waste Management, Safety and Radiation Research (NUSAFE)” Programme of the German Helmholtz Association (HGF) as well as a nuclear decommissioning expert dealing with many R&D projects and E&T programmes in the field.

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Dr. Jacqueline Garnier Laplace, responsible for the MANTRAS project

Jacqueline Garnier-Laplace joined the NEA Division of Radiological Protection and Human Aspects of Nuclear Safety in May 2019. She serves as the Scientific Secretary for the Working Party on Nuclear Emergency Matters (WPNEM) and for a number of expert groups under the Committee on Radiological Protection and Public Health (CRPPH).

Previously, she was the Deputy Director in charge of Research for Radiological Protection at the “Pole Santé-Environnement” of the French Institute for radiological protection and nuclear safety (IRSN). During her 28-year career in the field of radiological protection, she has held various managerial positions  e.g., Deputy Director of the Environment (2015-2017), Head of Division on Research and Expertise on Environmental Risks (2007-20015).

She is a member of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) and is acting as the scientific secretary of Committee 1 on “Effects of ionising radiation” for the present term 2017-2021. She has (co)-authored nearly 100 peer-reviewed papers mainly dealing with various radiological protection scientific  issues.

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Mr. Vladimir Lebedev, Deputy Head of the NEA Division on Radioactive Waste Management and Decommissioning and responsible for the RWM i-graphite project.

Vladimir Lebedev is the Deputy Head of the NEA Division on Radioactive Waste Management and Decommissioning. It is his second time working at the NEA, having started in October 2020. The previous period was from 2013 to the end of 2019 in the same division as administrator on Radioactive Waste Management.  Prior to joining the NEA he was an Administrator on Radioactive Waste Management at the State Corporation on Nuclear Energy ROSATOM, Russian Federation from 2010-2013. From 1993 to 2010 Vladimir worked at the R&D enterprise Moscow RADON at the Department of Waste Vitrification, where he rose to become Head of the Department of Waste Vitrification.

Vladimir holds a master’s degree in radiochemical processes of nuclear energy from the St. Petersbourg University of Technology, Russia and is the author of a number of publications on radioactive waste management.


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Ms. Lorella Pecorale, administrative assistant

Lorella Pecorale is responsible for administrative/technical support for the Nuclear Education, Skills and Technology (NEST) Project. She joined the OECD in 2008 and worked for the Development Co-operation Directorate (DCD) and the Legal Directorate before coming to the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) in 2010. Before joining the OECD, Lorella worked as administrative assistant in the French office of the Italian Central Bank in Paris. Before arriving to France, she worked as French and English teacher at a high school in Italy. She has a masters’ degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures from the “Università degli Studi Gabriele D’Annunzio” in Italy.


Mrs. Kathryn Obisesan

In January 2021, Kathryn Obisesan joined the NEA Division of Nuclear Science to lead the work of the Global Forum for Nuclear, Education, Science, and Technology and to help co-ordinate its work with the NEST Framework. In May 2020 she received a bachelor’s degree in government and politics concentrated in International Relations and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Maryland – College Park (UMD), United States.

As a UMD College Park International Studies Scholar, Kathryn studied International Relations and Multilateral Diplomacy in Geneva Switzerland at the School for International Training (SIT). While in Geneva, she conducted independent research on environmental degradation and migration in conflict areas to formulate a paper on circumstances in which climate change conflate with irregular migration. Before joining the NEA, as a UMD Global Fellow, she did two internships at the United States Department of Energy. One in the Nuclear Energy Office in Advanced Fuel Technology and the other at the National Nuclear Security Administration focused on International Programs within Defense Programs.



Mr. Roger Solà Martínez

Roger Solà Martínez joined the NEA Division of Nuclear Science at the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) in January 2021 to work specifically on the Nuclear Education, Skills and Technology (NEST) Framework, leading the HR survey on nuclear graduates as well as supporting the NEA Global Forum on Nuclear Education, Science, Technology and Policy.

Prior to joining the OECD, he founded a non-profit organisation at the age of seventeen, worked as an Investment Analyst Intern at Creas Impact Investment Fund, interned in the Infrastructure department at the Port Authority of Tarragona, and worked as a consultant for the World Life Experience.

A Spanish national that holds a BSc in Industrial Engineering at the Universitat Politècnica Catalunya (UPC) and is currently pursuing a Masters in Management at HEC Paris as part of a double degree programme in Industrial Engineering. In 2022 he will finish his MSc in the CEMS-Double Major in Managerial and Financial Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science.



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