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Henri Safa is a graduate from Supélec Graduate School of Engineering and holds a PhD in Material Science which he carried out at ONERA, the French Aerospace Research Center.
He begins his career in the industry at THOMSON-CSF where he is in charge of the development of the hyperfrequency tube for the TELECOM2 satellite. He joins 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 participates in the Accelerator Production of Tritium project at Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA. After running an R&D laboratory on superconducting cavities, his R&D concentrates from 2002 to 2005 on the applications of photofission.
Since 2006, he is Coordinator of the Scientific Committee of CEA’s Nuclear Energy Division and in charge of Basic Nuclear Training for the Division’s personnel. Henri Safa has published 92 scientific papers, filed 1 patent and published 5 books on energy. He is a CEA International Expert in Nuclear Engineering and Nuclear Instrumentation and is part of the IAEA Working Group on Nuclear Cogeneration. He has contributed to the French national energy alliance ANCRE under the national energy debate launched in France in 2013 on energy scenarios for the future.
On March 1, 2019, Henri Safa is appointed Director of I2EN.