ANSTO executive takes key role in global nuclear body

2 November 2009

A senior executive at Australian national nuclear research and development organisation ANSTO has appointed to lead the Nuclear Development Division of the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA).

ANSTO’s Chief Executive, Dr Adi Paterson, said, “This appointment recognises Ron Cameron’s strong strategic expertise and knowledge of global nuclear policy issues. He has played a key role representing Australia at the IAEA and in a range of specialised policy forums. Most recently he has played a leading role in the high level group working on the global supply of Molybdenum-99.”

The NEA with its sister organisation, the International Energy Agency, has provided evidence-based policy studies during the rapid changes that have resulted from political re-evaluation of the risks of unmitigated climate change. These questions remain complex, and the range of options available need to be understood and clearly presented in the global setting.

Dr Cameron has held numerous senior positions at ANSTO including acting as Chief Executive for two extended periods. He has been ANSTO’s Chief of Operations and currently is Executive General Manager: Strategy, Government and International Relations. He also had an attachment to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. He played an important oversight role in the development and delivery of the OPAL Reactor, according to ANSTO.

Cameron left an early teaching position in London in 1978 to undertake a Doctor of Philosophy degree at Oxford University, which led to work in nuclear-related research in the United Kingdom. This was followed by his decision to come to Australia to play a lead role in setting up a non-nuclear centre for risk and reliability engineering at the University of Sydney.

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