The President of the French Republic appointed Jean-Christophe Niel at the head of French Institute of Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN). He succeeds in this position Jacques Repussard.
Jean-Christophe Niel is appointed by the President of the Republic to lead IRSN by a decree published in the Official Journal of 22 april 2016. In accordance with Article 13 of the French Constitution, the appointment has been approved on 23 march 2016 by the commissions of management of territory and sustainable development from the French National Assembly and the Senate.
Jean-Christophe Niel was till today Director General of the French nuclear safety authority (ASN). He held this position since 2007.
Born in 1961, graduate of Ecole Polytechnique (class of 1980) and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (class of 1985), Jean-Christophe Niel holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Paris VI and is a general civil engineer of the Corps of Bridges, Waters and Forests. Jean-Christophe Niel held various positions in the field of control of nuclear safety and radiation protection. From 1991 to 1995, he was in charge of the control of the fuel cycle, of radioactive waste facilities of CEA, at the Department of Safety of Nuclear Installations (DSIN), then the nuclear nuclear safety authority. From 1995 to 2005, he held various functions at IRSN, notably Head of the safety assessment department and Director of strategy, development and external relations. From 2005 to 2006, he was Head of the strategy mission at the Ministry of equipment and transport.