Changes at the Helm of the I2EN

Dr. Henri Safa is the director of I2EN since Feb. 2019. Karen Daifuku was appointed Deputy Director of the I2EN in Apr. 2019.


Henri SAFA

Dr. Henri Safa is a graduate from Supélec Graduate School of Engineering and holds a PhD in materials science from the ONERA, the French Aerospace Research Centre.

He began his career at Thomson-CSF where he was in charge of the development of the hyperfrequency tube for the Telecom 2 satellite.

He joined the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) in 1990 to carry out fundamental research on superconducting cavities for particle accelerators at the Astrophysics, Particle Physics, Instrumentation, and Nuclear Physics Department.

In 1997 and 1998, he participated in the Accelerator Production of Tritium Project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, United States. After running an R&D laboratory on superconducting cavities, his R&D focused from 2002 to 2005 on the applications of photofission.

In 2006, he was appointed Coordinator of the Scientific Committee of the CEA’s Nuclear Energy Division and in charge of basic nuclear training for the division’s personnel.

Dr. Henri Safa has published 92 scientific papers, filed one patent and published five books on energy. He is a CEA international expert in nuclear engineering and nuclear instrumentation and is a member of the IAEA Working Group on Nuclear Cogeneration. He has taken part in the French national energy coordination initiative ANCRE and contributed to energy scenarios for the future.


Between 2011 and 2019, Ms. Daifuku, Senior Advisor in the EDF Group, contributed to the strategy for the development of new business and services for newcomer countries. Since 2016, she has developed training offers mainly for ASEAN countries that in the process of developing their capacity building. She also advised on nuclear communications and stakeholder involvement activities. Ms. Daifuku was also coordinating EDF’s participation in IGOs (IAEA, OECD/NEA) and international organizations. Ms. Daifuku was a member of the IAEA Technical Working Group on Nuclear Power Infrastructure from 2014 to 2019.

Between 2009 and 2011, Karen Daifuku was senior advisor in the joint venture between EDF and Enel to build four EPRs in Italy in particular with respect to the communication and stakeholder involvement aspects, working on the conception and implementation of the joint communication plan in support of Italy’s decision to start up a new nuclear energy program.

From 2004 to 2009, she worked for the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) as Chief of Cabinet, Head of the Central Secretariat, External Relations and Public Affairs.

Prior to her post at the OECD in Paris, she was the European Atomic Forum’s International Affairs and Communications Director from 1999 to 2003 in Brussels, Belgium. *

Prior to her post in Brussels, she was International Communication Manager for EDF beginning in 1990.

From 1977 to 1994, she lived in the United States, worked for the French Embassy in Washington, DC, the George Washington University, and the National League of Cities — a public interest group and congressional lobby in Washington, DC.