Simon Murray is an entrepreneur and banker. He serves as director, chairman, and advisor of major multinational companies. He has longstanding business relationships throughout Asia and Europe, and has been a Senior Advisor to Lightbridge Corporation since 2006.
Mr. Murray moved to Hong Kong in 1966 and began working for Jardine Matheson. He later set up his own company, Davenham Investments, which was involved in project advisory work, in which N.M. Rothschild took a 50% interest. In 1984, he sold Davenham to Li Ka-Shing and became the Group Managing Director of Hutchison Whampoa, where he stayed for the next 10 years. During this period, Hutchison acquired control of Hong Kong Electric (at the time the largest corporate acquisition ever made in Hong Kong). He negotiated Hutchison’s entry into the oil business through the acquisition of Husky Oil (the largest fully integrated independent oil company in Canada). Hutchison began the enormous expansion of its container terminal operations, Hong Kong International Terminals (H.I.T), during this period, including the acquisition of the Shanghai Container Port in China and the port of Felixstowe, the largest container port in the UK. H.I.T. remains the largest container port operator in the world today, controlling over 25% of the world’s container ports. Under the Chairmanship of Mr. Li, Mr. Murray led Hutchison’s entry into the mobile telephone business – pioneering cellular phones in Hong Kong and developing the world’s first nationwide P.C.N. system in the UK. – known as “Orange”. He was instrumental in the launching of AsiaSat, China’s first international launching of a satellite, and served as Chairman of its Board in its early years.
After 10 years at Hutchison he became the Executive Chairman Asia/Pacific, of the Deutsche Bank Group. Deutsche Bank Group had a major presence in Asia/Pacific, operating more than 60 entities in 17 countries ranging from Pakistan to Japan and Australia. He left Deutsche Bank in 1998 and subsequently founded Simon Murray & Associates, with Deutsche Bank as a 40% partner at that time.
In 1998, Mr. Murray established GEMS, as the investment arm of SMA, a private equity group, to make investments in Asia. His investors and partners have included major corporations such as AIG, Hutchison Whampoa, GE Capital, Richemont, Mitsui, Mitsubishi, Development Bank of Japan, and a number of privately owned family companies.
He was Chairman of Sheraton and Hilton Hotels, and served on the boards of a number of Hong Kong public companies from the South China Morning Post to the Cross Harbour Tunnel Company – from the Hong Kong Aircraft & Engineering Corporation, to Hong Kong Electric where he was Chairman for ten years.
He is also a director of a number of public companies, which include Cheung Kong Property Holdings Ltd., Orient Overseas (International) Ltd., Wing Tai Properties Ltd., Richemont SA, Greenheart Group Limited, IRC Limited, Spring Asset Management Limited, and the China LNG Group. He has in the past served on boards and held advisory positions with a number of companies such as Vodafone, Tommy Hilfiger Corporation, Vivendi Universal, Usinor SA, Hermes, General Electric (USA), China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), Macquarie Bank, N.M. Rothschild, Bain, and was until March 2015 the Chairman of Gulf Keystone Petroleum; and until May 2013 the Chairman of Glencore International. He stepped down as Vice Chairman of Essar Energy plc in May 2014. In addition to Lightbridge Corporation, he is currently on the advisory board of SouthWest Energy (BVI) Ltd., and is a Senior Advisor on the International Advisory Board of Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., PRC.
Mr. Murray was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by H.M. The Queen, and the Order of Merit of the French Republic and is a "Chevalier de La Legion d’Honneur."
In 2005 Mr. Murray became the oldest person to trek to the South Pole unsupported.
Mr. Murray attended England’s Bedford School and joined the French Foreign Legion in 1960, serving for five years in the Foreign Parachute Regiment. He wrote about that experience in "Legionnaire," a best-selling book. Mr. Murray also attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program.
Dr. Shapiro is a former engineer for Westinghouse Electric Company, the world's leading nuclear corporation, specializing in pressurized and light water reactors. Dr. Shapiro chaired the Technical Review Committee at Westinghouse Electric, where he led safety and systems analysis within the Nuclear Services Business Unit. He is also the former head of the Nuclear Engineering Department of ABB Combustion Engineering, where he was responsible for the design of nuclear reload cores as well as for the power plants under construction. At ABB, Dr. Shapiro was manager of advanced design projects, leading the development of advanced fuel cycle designs and innovative thermal reactor concepts; he also carried out U.S. Department of Energy contracts relating to the development of advanced fuel cycles and fuel designs in CE reactors. Dr. Shapiro has authored several scientific papers, including "Assessment of Thorium Fuel Cycles in Pressurized Water Reactors," which was published by the Electric Power Research Institute. He is a former member of the Executive Committee of the Reactor Physics Division of the American Nuclear Society.
Dr. Shapiro earned his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of Illinois.
As one of the top fuel technology leaders at GE Nuclear, Dr. Vaidyanathan was senior program manager and principal engineer for fuel development and plutonium disposition. Among many accomplishments, he coordinated the GE Astro-Space Division's highly successful national task force for the multidisciplinary effort to qualify uranium nitride fuel for space reactor applications. He also worked in GE's Nuclear Systems Technology Operation, where he collaborated with scientists from the U.S. nuclear laboratories. Dr. Vaidyanathan, who has led studies on plutonium conversion and on mixed oxide (MOX) fuel fabrication, has also pioneered technical strategies for the disposition of weapon-grade plutonium as MOX fuel in boiling water reactors and has developed methods to better evaluate safeguards during the disposition process. As a consulting engineer, Dr. Vaidyanathan served as an expert on space nuclear reactor power systems and concepts, published in scientific journals on topics such as reliable space reactors, and researched fuel additives in relation to pellet-cladding interaction in nuclear reactors.
Dr. Vaidyanathan earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.
The former foreign minister of Sweden, Dr. Blix served for sixteen years as the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, where he was responsible for overhauling the agency's inspection system to adhere to more stringent standards. From 2000 to 2003, Dr. Blix was chief weapons inspector and executive chair of the U.N. Monitoring, Verification, and Inspection Commission in Iraq. Since 2003 he has chaired the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission, an independent international body. Prior to his work with the United Nations, Dr. Blix advised Sweden's Ministry for Foreign Affairs on matters of international law. For twenty years he was a member of Sweden's delegation to the U.N. General Assembly, and for sixteen years he was a member of Sweden's delegation to the Conference on Disarmament. Dr. Blix, the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards (including the World Nuclear Association's Gold Medal for distinguished service in nuclear affairs), has also authored books on disarmament and international law.
Dr. Blix studied at the University of Uppsala, at Columbia University, and at Cambridge University, where he earned his Ph.D.; he also earned a Doctor of Laws degree from Stockholm University, where he then worked as an associate professor of international law.
Dr. Alexei Morozov is a world leader and internationally recognized expert on nuclear fuel development and deployment. A nuclear physicist by training, Dr. Morozov has been involved with the Lightbridge Corporation since its founding, first as chief scientist in Russia and from 2009 to 2014, as the managing director of Lightbridge’s Russian Branch Office in Moscow. Dr. Morozov is a prominent nuclear fuel designer with decades of experience at Russia’s leading nuclear development institutions. He has been instrumental in Lightbridge’s proprietary fuel research and development efforts in Russia, which have resulted in multiple patents.
Dr. Morozov was head of physics and engineering research at FSUE Red Star (a subsidiary of Rosatom, Russia’s state nuclear energy corporation), from 2007 to 2009. Prior to that, Dr. Morozov was head of the Department of Physics and Engineering Research at the Kurchatov Institute, Russia’s premier nuclear development establishment, where he led design, technology, and testing activities under contracts with major Western corporations, the International Atomic Energy Agency, and U.S. national laboratories. Dr. Morozov has extensive hands-on experience with nuclear fuel technology; he worked for more than two decades at the Kurchatov Institute on advanced nuclear reactor designs, including for nuclear-powered icebreakers, before focusing on high power density metallic fuel designs.
As one of the most respected nuclear scientists in Russia, Dr. Morozov was honored with that country’s prestigious Veteran of Atomic Energy and Industry Award in 1999. Dr. Morozov, who has published more than 150 scientific papers, received his Ph.D. from the Kurchatov Institute of Atomic Energy as well as graduate and postgraduate degrees from the Moscow Engineering and Physics Institute.