As chief nuclear officer at X-energy, Dr. Mulder maintains the architectural framework for the X-energy nuclear program in guiding design and implementation. He is also responsible for the R&D and technology roadmap associated with reactor development and contributes to business development strategy. Prior to joining X-energy, Eben served as chief scientific officer for South Africa’s PBMR pebble bed project and as consultant to ESKOM, South Africa’s state utility. He has consulted for organizations including the US Department of Energy, Vattenfall in Sweden, and the International Atomic Energy Agency in Austria. He also worked in Germany on the AVR, an experimental pebble bed reactor designed and operated to develop the pebble fuel elements. Eben received B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Mathematics from the University of Port Elizabeth, a B.Sc. degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Pretoria and a Doctorate in Nuclear Engineering from the Technical University of Aachen. He is the author of more than 100 works on nuclear topics and serves as Extraordinary Associate Professor within the Faculty of Engineering, North-West University.