The Committee of Experts


Jacques Chénais is former managing director in charge of small modular reactors (SMR) at the CEA’s Nuclear Energy Division and has been coordinator of the SMR consortium comprising EDF, AREVA, DCNS and the CEA since 2011.

Jacques Chénais was previously :

  • Director of Nuclear Propulsion at the CEA’s Military Applications Division from 2001 to 2010
  • Director of Engineering at Technicatome from 1996 to 2000
  • Head of the PN reactor operations department at Cadarache from 1994 to 1996
  • Project manager for the boiler room on the new-generation SNLE Le Triomphant from 1989 to 1994.
  • Since joining Technicatome in 1975, he has held various positions of responsibility in the fields of nuclear propulsion and research reactors.

Jacques Chénais is a graduate of the universities of Nantes and Orsay (master’s degree in physics and post-graduate diploma (DEA) in reactor physics) and an atomic engineer (INSTN Saclay). He is a Knight of the National Order of Merit and Knight of the Legion of Honour.