Dr Kapila Fernando is a nuclear waste management professional. He is currently the Waste Projects and Strategic Planning Manager, responsible for developing and maintaining waste management capabilities to support nuclear medicine production, reactor operations, and research activities at ANSTO. He has 18 years leadership experience in capital programs, strategic planning and operations management across mining, chemical processing and nuclear waste management sectors.  His experience includes responsibility for 20 plus employees, managing operations in a tightly regulated environment, and oversight of a $50m+ capital program.

Kapila has research experience in cementitious waste forms, predicting service life of cementitious structures, ion exchange, gold cyanidation, and cyanide detoxification. He is a lecturer in nuclear fuel cycle and waste management at the University of NSW and the Project Management Institute (PMI) Sydney Chapter. He is a Director of the WMS Australia Foundation and Chairman of the Program Advisory Committee, ANFC Conference. He is a member of the Program Advisory Committee of WM Symposia (USA) and Treasurer of the Australian Nuclear Association. Kapila sits on steering committees of IAEA networks for nuclear waste characterisation (LABONET) and disposal (DISPONET).

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