Jay Jiang Yu

Founder, Executive Chairman and President

Mr. Yu is a serial entrepreneur and has over 16 years of capital markets experience on wall street. He is a private investor in a multitude of companies and has advised a magnitude of private and public company executives with corporate advisory services such as capital funding, mergers & acquisitions, structured financing, IPO listings, and other business development services geared at taking these companies to the next level. He is a self taught and private self investor, his relentless passion for international business has helped him develop key, strategic and valuable relationships throughout the world.

Mr. Yu leads the corporate structuring, capital financings, executive level recruitment, governmental relationships and international brand growth of NANO Nuclear Energy Inc. Previously, Mr. Yu worked as an Analyst part of the Corporate & Investment Banking Division at Deutsche Bank on Wall Street in New York City.

In 2021, Mr. Yu was honored as one of The Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in business. He is an active Philanthropist and the founder of a Non-Profit Organization that helps nurture New York City kids through sports and education. Mr. Yu continued his studies at Columbia University after earning a BA in Psychology from City College of New York, and completion of core classes from Borough of Manhattan Community College.

James Walker, BEng, MSc, CEng, PEng

CEO and Board Member

Mr. Walker is a Nuclear Physicist and was the project lead and manager for constructing the new Rolls-Royce Nuclear Chemical Plant; he was the UK Subject Matter Expert for the UK Nuclear Material Recovery Capabilities and was the technical project manager for constructing the UK reactor core manufacturing facilities. Mr. Walker was also seconded to Rolls Royce where he modeled configurations of RR’s Zero-Power reactor to inform confidence limits for the UK’s successor submarine’s mechanical design and worked for the Rolls-Royce Nuclear Thermal Hydraulics Engineering team investigating reactor channel thermal performance to inform new reactor designs and support the safety case for reactors in current class submarines. Mr. Walker’s professional engineering experience includes nuclear reactors, mines, submarines, chemical plants, factories, mine processing facilities, infrastructure, automotive machinery, and testing rigs.

Mr. Walker has extensive experience in engineering and project management, particularly within nuclear engineering, mining engineering, mechanical engineering, construction, manufacturing, engineering design, infrastructure, and safety management. He has executive experience in several public companies, as well as acquiring and re-developing the only fluorspar mine in the United States.

Mr. Walker is also a Director of Ares Strategic Mining Inc. and holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Mining Engineering, and Nuclear Engineering, as well as qualifications in Project Management and Accountancy. He is a Chartered Engineer with the IMechE, a Project Manager Professional with the APM, and a Professional Engineer with the Engineers and Geoscientists BC.

David Tiktinsky

Head of Nuclear Regulatory Licensing

Mr. Tiktinsky has been an Senior Nuclear Regulatory Licensing Specialist and advisor to some of the most well known advanced nuclear technology companies in the nation. In this role, he assisted current and new applicants and licensees in licensing nuclear fuel cycle and medical isotopes facilities regulated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Mr. Tiktinsky previously had 39 years of licensing and project management experience working for the NRC. He has extensive knowledge of the commercial regulatory regime and all aspects of licensing, constructing, and regulating nuclear fuel cycle and medical isotopes facilities. His experience and knowledge can benefit NRC applicants and licensees seeking to successfully navigate the NRC fuel cycle related licensing process in an effective and efficient manner.

Mr. Tiktinsky has extensive knowledge in implementing review guidance from NUREG-1520, the Standard Review Plan for Fuel Cycle Facilities License Applications. His 39-year NRC career included Project Management of complicated fuel cycle facility licensing actions including commercial and government sponsored activities, and medical isotope facilities. It also included evaluations of security aspects of radioactive material facilities after the attacks of 9/11/01, certification of radioactive material transportation packages, and high-level nuclear waste disposal.

Mr. Tiktinsky has a B.S. degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Arizona.


Carlos O. Maidana, Ph.D., MBA

Head of Thermal Hydraulics and Space Program

Dr. Carlos O. Maidana is a distinguished physicist and research engineer with over 22 years of international experience in the fields of engineering, applied sciences, and nuclear systems. As the founder of MAIDANA RESEARCH, Dr. Maidana has led a diverse range of cross-disciplinary projects, covering the entire design and development cycle from concept studies to optimization using advanced theoretical, computational, and experimental techniques. Dr. Maidana has held prominent positions in some of the most prestigious research institutions globally. He served as a Senior Research Fellow and Scientific Secretary at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, where he contributed significantly to advancements in high energy particle accelerators. Additionally, he was a Research Associate at the Idaho National Laboratory, where he focused on space nuclear systems and technologies, working on joint DoE/NASA projects. Dr. Maidana has been awarded several DoE SBIR grants for his pioneering work in advanced nuclear technologies. Dr. Maidana is recognized as the leading authority worldwide in engineering magneto-hydrodynamics, particularly in the area of annular linear induction pumps (ALIPs) and thermo-hydraulics of liquid metals and molten salts. His expertise in these fields has been instrumental in advancing the technology and its applications.

Dr. Maidana holds a Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Science (Physics) from Idaho State University, an M.Sc. in Physics from Michigan State University, and a B.Sc. in Physics and Applied Physics from Universidad Tecnológica Nacional in Argentina. He has also completed post-doctoral training in Applied Engineering for Space Nuclear Systems at Washington State University. Additionally, he holds various certificates in research commercialization and project management. At Nano Nuclear Energy, Dr. Maidana is task to help grow the company’s consulting services and the DoE SBIR Phase 3 Project Director, where he plays a crucial role in the development and commercialization of advanced technologies. His work is pivotal in optimizing and simplifying the design of Nano Nuclear’s ‘ODIN’ microreactor, a clean energy, advanced portable micro nuclear reactor in development.

Winston Chow, MBA, MPA

Chief Policy Officer

Mr. Winston Chow has led the international adoption of sustainable energy and infrastructure for almost two decades, financing and deploying over $2 billion in projects. Mr. Chow’s career in the renewable energy space has helped build the world’s largest solar power plant and provided access to clean energy for more than 37 million people. He has worked with governments and corporations for over 30 nations, spanning the U.S. and China, East and Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. He brings extensive consulting and advocacy experience and networks with governments and energy industries throughout the developed and developing worlds.

Mr. Chow has served as Senior Advisor to the U.S. Department of Energy on East Asia, where he implemented two US-China Agreements on clean energy between Presidents Barack Obama and Hu Jintao. He’s also worked across Asia and Africa as a diplomat for intergovernmental U.N. observer-organization, Global Green Growth Institute, to decarbonize China’s global Belt and Road Initiative. The U.S. Department of Energy has bestowed two meritorious service awards for his work.

Mr. Chow has also led over $26 million in projects for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), co-managing the U.S. Government’s flagship clean energy development initiative in Southeast Asia. His work has catalyzed a joint partnership between the United States and Australian governments to drive energy infrastructure transition through Thailand, China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar.

In the private sector, Mr. Chow served as Senior Director for New York clean energy startup CleanEdison, building its government business across 48 States. He is Senior China Advisor on Energy, Environment and Social Impact to Al Gore-backed company, Globality Inc., and frequent news commentator on energy and environment for China Global Television Network. Mr. Chow holds a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s in international politics from Columbia University in the City of New York, and an M.B.A. from the Kelley School of Business.

Tom Cuce

President of Advanced Fuel Transportation Inc.

Tom Cuce’s expertise has been honed by over 25 years of driving transformative supply chain solutions and profitability through strategic planning and process optimization across the global logistics and package delivery industry. He began his career in 1983 as a package handler for UPS in Long Island, NY. Mr. Cuce went on to hold numerous positions with the multinational shipping & receiving and supply chain management company, including Vice-President of Package Operations and Southern California District Manager, before serving as UPS President of Global Transportation.

During his time in the role, he served as a member of the Exec Business Planning Unit, with a capital budget expenditure of $16 billion and was the driving force behind a plethora of transformative programs, projects and cost-cutting initiatives. Mr. Cuce, an active member in the community, also spent several years working with the Las Vegas Urban League and served as a board member for the United Way of Greater Los Angeles – Antelope Valley Region, the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, the United Way of Orange County, the Jessie Rees Foundation and the Orange County Business Council.

Today, he serves on the Advisory Board of several companies and is the Founder and President of Summit View Solutions.

Jaisun Garcha, MBA, CPA, CGA

Chief Financial Officer


Jaisun Garcha has 20 years of experience in financial management, corporate governance, and risk management in both public and private companies, including high-growth and start-up stage organizations. He has taken several companies public through IPOs and RTOs and has been the CFO for multiple publicly traded companies in the last decade.

In addition, he has played a key role in several equity and debt financings totaling over $35 million and has successfully integrated the financial operations of numerous companies as part of various mergers and acquisitions. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA) and holds an MBA from Laurentian University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of British Columbia.

Wayne Hao, MBA

VP of Corporate Development

Wayne Hao is a seasoned international executive with over 20 years of global experience in entrepreneurship, corporate growth, and business development.

Previously, Mr. Hao served as the VP of Business Development and Head of China for CRAVE Global, a company that partners with Western celebrities and invests in and incubates social media brands for them in China. In this role, he led global strategy and operations for CRAVE’s business in China, including business development, recruiting, operations, and special initiatives for high-profile celebrities. Wayne successfully facilitated deals for renowned celebrities and brands, and secured CRAVE’s joint ventures and strategic partnerships, including a partnership with the world’s largest supply chain company.

In past roles, Mr. Hao has held leadership positions in numerous successful entrepreneurial ventures. As the Chief Financial Officer and founding member of entertainment venture Audio Up, he played a central role in building and launching the company, which included securing a $4.45M Series A round with MGM Studios as the lead investor. As the Founder and CEO of Principae Trading and Capital, he sourced and structured international commodities transactions and originated opportunistic development deals. Mr. Hao also has helped build two early-stage startups with successful exits with over $150M in total exit value and served as an investment analyst for an $800M venture investment firm.

Mr. Hao currently also serves on the leadership team of the Wharton Alumni Club of Southern California as VP and Co-Head of Events, organizing over 200 annual professional and social events for over 5,000 Wharton alumni in Southern California. He also serves as a Board Member of the non-profit Asian Business League, which has served Asian entrepreneurs and businesses since 1984. Mr. Hao holds a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis.


Oscar Leandro, MBA

VP of International Business

Oscar Leandro is an accomplished investment professional and entrepreneur with a robust track record in alternative investments and energy development. With a global perspective honed through diverse international experiences, Oscar brings a wealth of expertise in frontier market investments, corporate finance, and technology-driven ventures.

Oscar served as a Principal at Green Swan Capital, an alternative investment firm, focusing on innovative gas flaring reduction projects in frontier markets. His strategic vision and leadership have been instrumental in sourcing investment opportunities across Latin America. He has also held pivotal roles in financial advisory at Deloitte Consulting, contributing to major M&A transactions and valuations across various industries, and as a Summer Fellow at KAUST Investment Management Company, where he developed special situations investment strategies for one of the world’s largest endowments.

Oscar holds a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Arts in International Studies from The Wharton School and the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. Awarded a prestigious merit-based fellowship, he conducted his master’s thesis on the social and environmental impacts of electric vehicle supply chains. He led healthcare consulting projects in East Africa for the Wharton Global Health Volunteers and served as president of the Wharton Latin American Student Association. His international experiences are complemented by summer exchanges at the London School of Economics, Peking University, and Sciences Po Paris. Oscar is a Westerwelle Foundation Young Founder, a distinction awarded to outstanding entrepreneurs from emerging markets, and he earned a Global Competitiveness Leadership certificate from Georgetown University as part of a fellowship sponsored by Georgetown’s Latin American Board.

Ross Mitchell

Nuclear Engineer

Mr. Mitchell is from Indiana, where he completed a bachelors degree in Nuclear Engineering at Purdue University. While there he pursued project and course work related to Small Modular Reactors and advanced reactor technology.

Josey Anna Widhalm

Office Director & Marketing Manager

Ms. Widhalm is originally from Colorado and has a diverse background in organizational skills, social media management, executive event planning.

Josey is responsible for NANO Nuclear Energy’s conferences, social and public relations engagement, content origination and corporate office management.

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