ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Ximena Vásquez-Maignan is the Head of the Office of Legal Counsel of the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Previously, Mrs. Vásquez-Maignan was the Senior Legal Adviser for the Legal Affairs Section of the NEA from June 2011 until she was appointed Head in March 2015.
Mrs. Vásquez-Maignan works extensively on nuclear law, providing legal opinions and secretariat services to the NEA Nuclear Law Committee and the Contracting Parties to the Paris Convention on Third Party Liability in the Field of Nuclear Energy and the Brussels Convention Supplementary to the Paris Convention.
Before joining the NEA, Mrs.Vásquez-Maignan worked for six years as an international legal adviser for a leading global water company and then settled down in China for eight years where she acted at first as a senior legal adviser for a French nuclear power company and then as a senior associate for an international law firm where she advised on nuclear issues. These different positions, where she advised investors, operators, service and equipment suppliers, have allowed her to acquire a wide perspective of the nuclear sector.
She is co-Chair of the working group on Nuclear Liability and Insurance of the International Nuclear Law Association. She has also participated in educational programmes in nuclear law, international working groups on nuclear liability and has made presentations at international seminars and conferences.
Mrs. Vásquez-Maignan, a Chilean and French national, studied law at the Université de ParisII-Assas (Paris, France) and is a French qualified lawyer registered with the Paris Bar. She speaks English, French and Spanish.