Speakers

We find speakers who are some of the most innovative, inspiring and expert leaders in the industry.

Featured Speakers
David Charters
Principal Consultant
Risktec Solutions Ltd. 
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Jimmy Jönsson
Director
JVVA Fire & Risk
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Brian Meacham
Managing Principal
Meacham Associates
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Patrick van Hees
Professor
Lund University
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Speakers

Erik Almgren, Head of Fire Risk, Bengt Dahlgren Brand & Risk AB
Manages a group of consultants working with fire protection and fire sprinkler at Bengt Dahlgren Brand & Risk AB. He has been developing and building up his groups reputation and market share in the region.

 


Pedro Armijo, BEng (Hons), MSc, CEng, MSFPE, MIFE, Director, JENSEN HUGHES
Pedro is a professional Fire Engineer with experience and exposure to a diverse range of Fire Engineering fields. These include fire protection system designs, fire research and investigation, fire brigade intervention, modelling and performance-based fire engineering designs in line with complex performance-based Building Code regulatory systems. Pedro started his fire protection engineering career as a systems design engineer, and the last 10 years he has occupied project management and senior fire engineering positions.

Pedro offers a diverse range of skills that allow him to adapt to new challenging roles and responsibilities. The past professional roles have shaped his experience and knowledge in international performance-based Building Codes and in their application. Pedro is confident and competent in applying analytical techniques and in internationally recognised fire and evacuation models to demonstrate that fire engineered solutions can be technically sound and in compliance with the regulatory environments. Pedro is a professional member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE, USA) and the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE, UK); as well as a registered Chartered Engineer (CEng) for the Engineering Council in UK.

Rachel Ashworth, Senior Engineer, BAE Systems Marine, Ltd
Originally a mathematician with a particular focus on CFD; Rachel is currently completing an MSc in Fire Safety and is working alongside Kevin Bilton.

Nicolas Bal, Fire Safety Engineer, TechnipFMC
Bio coming soon

Stephen Ball, Graduate Fire Engineer, Trenton Fire Ltd.
Stephen Ball recently entered the fire engineering industry joining Trenton Fire Limited in 2017. He has a background in experimental physics, undertaking research with the Institute of Shock Physics, the National Physical Laboratory and the Space Magnetometer Laboratory.

Mohamed Beshir, Ghent University
Bio coming soon

Monique Berrevoets-Steenbakker, Senior Consultant, Antea Group
Monique Berrevoets- Steenbakker is senior consultant. She has many years of experience in solving problems for the industry and the Dutch government. She is also initiator of a number of internal and external innovation projects regarding the development of security policies and tools. Monique combines policy, technical and legal knowledge in order to make informed advice.

Kevin Bilton, CEng MIMechE MIOA, Principal Engineer - Airborne Noise
Originally a Mechanical Engineer, Kevin has been working in the field of acoustics for over 15 years and holds the Institute of Acoustics Diploma in Acoustics and noise control. Kevin has a wealth of experience in both Environmental and Industrial noise modelling and problem solution.

Dorota Brzezinska, PhD, Lodz University of Technology
Dorota works in the Faculty of Process and Environmental Engineering at Lodz University of Technology, Poland. She has been involved in research about smoke control systems since 2000, and received her PhD in 2005. Dorota’s research is focused on smoke control and daily ventilation systems in buildings. She has extensive experience in the design of ventilation and smoke control systems in real objects. During her parallel work in own private company she was an author of more than 250 reports, that include guidelines for smoke control systems in different structures of polish buildings, based on CFD simulations. Also author of over 80 publications and conference papers. Co-author of guidelines for design, assessment and commissioning of smoke control systems in high rise buildings, published in 2003. From one year she is working on a project related to danger of LPG leakage in underground garages.

Olivier Burnier, Civil Engineering, Etablissement Cantonal d'Assurance Vaud
Civil engineer, graduated from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Western Switzerland in 1998. In 2011, he passed with success a Certificate of Advanced Studies in fire protection and engineering. In 2016, he gets his federal diploma of Expert in fire protection APIB.

He worked 17 years in the civil engineering office Daniel Willi SA as senior project manager. During 2 years, he worked as “Cantonal Expert in fire prevention and engineering” within the AHJ of canton de Vaud (CH). Since October 2017, he is the CEO of FSE Fire Safety & Engineering SA.

He is also lecturer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) where he teaches fire engineering for MSc Student in Civil Engineering.

Andrew Campbell, Fire Engineer, Holmes Fire LP
Andrew is an experience fire engineering consultant with Holmes Fire in Auckland, New Zealand. He has developed fire engineering strategies for a number of profile projects and has a proven track record of securing regulatory approval for complex fire engineering design challenges. He has experience across many sectors with a focus on industrial buildings and refurbishment of existing buildings.

Piergiacomo Cancelliere, PhD Senior Fire Officer, Ministry of Interior Italian National Fire and Rescue Service
He graduated, summa cum laude, in Electrical Engineering on April 27th 1998 at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Cassino and took his PhD in Electrical of Energy Conversion in 2007 at the Second University of Naples. He is currently a Fire Officer and a Fire Safety and Protection Engineer. His technical and scientific topics cover both active and passive fire protection measures, fire assessment of electrical installations and components and ATEX related aspects.

David Charters, PhD, CEng, MSFPE, FIFireE, MIMechE Principal Consultant, Risktec Solutions Ltd. 
David Charters is Visiting Professor at the University of Leeds and Principal Consultant Associate with Risktec in Dubai. His research interests include; risk-informed performance-based design, evacuation and human behaviour in fire and fire safety engineering of mass transport infrastructure, tunnels and tall buildings. Previously, David was Director of Fire Engineering at BRE where he spent 8 years undertaking, supervising and reviewing fire safety research for the UK Government and BRE Trust. Prior to joining BRE, David was a Director of Arup Fire where he undertook Fire Safety Engineering projects around the world for 8 years. David has a PhD in Fire Growth and Smoke Movement from the University of Leeds. He has over 25 years of fire safety engineering and research experience. With Professor Ramachandran, David is co-author of the book “Quantitative risk assessment in fire safety”. In 2013, he was awarded the Arthur B Guise medal by the SFPE. David is a member of the SFPE Sub-Committee on Research and Innovation.

Ricky Carvel, PhD, Lecturer in Combustion & Fire Dynamics, University of Edinburgh
Dr. Ricky Carvel is Lecturer in Combustion & Fire Dynamics in the BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He is editor of the ‘Handbook of Tunnel Fire Safety’ (2nd Edition, ICE Publishing, 2011) and was associate editor of Fire Safety Journal (2009-2015). He has been working in the field of fire science and tunnel fire phenomena since 1998. His research work has focussed on the interaction between fires and ventilation (specifically tunnel ventilation systems, crosswinds and, currently, underventilated fires such as in basements). In 2004 he was awarded a PhD from Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh, Scotland) for his thesis “Fire Size in Tunnels”. In addition to fire vs ventilation research, he has also been involved into research in dust explosions, ignition, material flammability, CFD modelling and fire suppression. As well as his teaching and research responsibilities at the University, he currently provides fire safety engineering consultancy services to a number of different companies, primarily with regards to tunnel fire safety and fire dynamics. He has authored more than 20 journal papers and more than 40 conference papers.

Charles E. Cowles, Jr., MD, MBA, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Univ. of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Charles E. Cowles, Jr., M.D., is an associate professor of anesthesiology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer in Houston, TX. Dr. Cowles specializes in neuroanesthesiology. Prior to medical school, Dr. Cowles worked for the Beaumont Texas Fire Department serving as a paramedic and field training officer. He also assisted in the medical training of Astronauts and Cosmonauts at the Johnson Space Center. With his fire and EMS background, he was nominated to serve on the American Society of Anesthesiologist’s (ASA) Task Force for the management and prevention of operating room fires and was published in the May 2008 issue of Anesthesiology. He has lectured in 5 continents on surgical fire prevention to medical and engineering audiences He has worked with the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) and ECRI in the development of a video program about the prevention and management of OR fires and has written textbook chapters and review articles regarding OR fires for a variety of anesthesia related publications. He serves as a content advisor to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is on several committees under the healthcare section of the NFPA.

Michael A. Crowley PE, FSFPE, Vice President, JENSEN HUGHES
Mike Crowley holds a BS in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, and an MBA from The University of Houston. Mike is a licensed professional engineer in 5 states. Professional organization involvement includes Fellow in Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Membership and activity on NFPA Technical Committees including NFPA 101 - Healthcare Occupancies and Means of Egress, and NFPA 99 – current Correlating Committee Chair, among others. He is a Life Safety Code and NFPA 99 instructor for NFPA. In addition, he is a Fellow Member of the American Society of Healthcare Engineers. Mike has authored numerous technical articles and made presentations at various conferences and symposiums. He is Vice President Development and healthcare practice leader for Jensen Hughes. Mike provides consulting to architects, facility managers and building owners around the world. Jensen Hughes is an international engineering consulting firm “Advancing the Science of Safety”.

Lieuwe de Witte, Researcher, IFV Fire Service Academy
He is a researcher and teacher at the Netherlands Fire Service Academy. Before that he worked as a Fire Safety. Engineer. He is specialized in fire prevention and Fire Safety Engineering. His drive is to connect the practise and theory for a better and safer work environment for fire fighters.

Jaap de Vries, PhD, Lead Research Scientist, FM Global
Dr. Jaap de Vries is a Lead Research Scientist at FM Global with over 12 years of experience in combustion related research. He has a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the College of Amsterdam, a M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Central Florida, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University. His research interests include fire suppression, combustion and flame phenomena, IR thermography, design of experiments, and gas-turbine combustion. He has authored over 35 journal and conference papers. Dr. de Vries leads large-scale fire testing programs, and conducts fundamental fire suppression research. His work has resulted in new FM Global protection designs for the storage of distilled spirits and for flammable liquids in small metal containers. In addition, he is an instrumental member of the ongoing fire modeling efforts at FM Global; providing fundamental experimental data, which include unique measurements of surface temperatures of burning solids, fire spread rates, radiant fractions, and the interaction of water film flow with burning surfaces. Dr. de Vries is an active member of the Combustion Institute, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE).

Scot Deal, PE, Senior Engineer, Excelsior Fire & Risk Engineering
Scot Deal has a BSc in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State 1985; MSc from Worcester Polytech 1988. Work experience includes teaching assistant in college, fire laboratory testing, computer model creation, volunteer firefighter, some NFPA Code committee work, inspection-testing and maintenance, design, risk assessment, Oil & Gas (on & offshore), military bases forward deployed, airports, hospitals, Metros, convention centers, high-rises.

Slyvain Desanghere, PhD, Fire Safety Engineer & Ventilation Expert, Lombardi SA
Dr. Sylvain DESANGHERE has been working in the development of fire engineering in France since the early 2000s. He graduated from Ecole Centrale de Lyon (as a generalist engineer) and holds a PhD in fire engineering. His technical expertise covers the physics of fire, numerical modeling and fire experimentation (laboratory and on site). He is specialized in ventilation and smoke extraction in several types of buildings (tunnels, public buildings, industrial buildings, nuclear installations, etc.). He has participated in a number of fire research projects and he has written over 30 scientific papers or conference presentations about fire engineering. He is currently Ventilation Lead Project Manager at Lombardi France.

Benjamin Ditch, Lead Research Engineer, FM Global
Benjamin Ditch is a Lead Research Engineer at FM Global and has an M.S. in Fire Protection Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester MA, USA. Mr. Ditch is the Technical Team Leader of the Large-Scale Fires Team with 17 years of experience in fire hazard analysis and specialty fire protection system design. He is responsible for the development and implementation of large-scale testing, including specialty hazards such as ignitable liquids, non-standard storage, and new technologies. Mr. Ditch's current research interests include protection for automatic storage and retrieval systems, energy storage systems, and lithium ion batteries.

Christine Duncan, Fire Engineer, MBIE
Christine is the Fire Engineer within the Building Performance and Engineering Team within the New Zealand Government’s Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE). She is responsible for development of Building Regulations and the stewardship of the fire safety provisions within the New Zealand Building Code and Building Act.

Prior to working for MBIE, Christine has +20 years’ experience in the private sector, starting her career in research and testing at the Building Research Association of New Zealand (BRANZ) then as a fire engineering consultant in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom.

Christine leads the fire-engineering development programme at MBIE and is currently working on a portfolio of projects as response to the regulatory review of the New Zealand Building Code Part C “Protection from Fire” clauses.

Virginie Drean PhD, R&D Project Leader, Efectis France
Virginie Dréan is R&D project leader at Efectis France for 6 years. She has worked on fire safety problematics: fire resistance testing, fire modelling, fire safety engineering. Its projects deal with fire scenarios simulation, numerical development of fire resistance facilities, and thermal evaluation of materials.


Stijn Eeckhaut, ICT manager - System Integration & Automatisation, Infrabel / Tractebel
Stijn Eeckhaut graduated from the University of Ghent as an engineer in computer science. He has been working for INFRABEL since 2008, where he leads the “Tunnel Technology” department.

Yen Fang Tum MIFIREE, University of Canterbury
Yen is an honors and masters gradate from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. She has gained her master degree in Fire Engineering in 2002. She has experience in alternative building design for a range of commercial, retail, residential, industrial, healthcare, exhibition centers, and convectional facilities

Luca Fiorentini, CEO/Executive Director, TECSA S.r.l.
Professor Luca Fiorentini is an internationally recognized expert in the field of industrial, process safety and fire engineering. He is owner and CEO/Executive Director of TECSA S.r.l. international consulting company working in the field of loss prevention and industrial safety, fire engineering and environmental protection. He is senior process safety, HSE, fire engineering and reliability consultant. He has experience in QRA (Hazop, LOPA, FTA, ETA, Consequence analysis), CFD and FEM methods, RAM analysis and industrial risk assessment for a number of industries: major hazard industries, refineries, chemical and petrochemical plants, liquid hydrocarbons and LPG storage farms, oil and gas onshore installations and offshore platforms, steelworks plants, food processing facilities, pharmaceutical and fine chemicals production plants, hospitals and health care facilities, ports and piers. He is an expert of fire engineering and fire risk assessment. He is a certified Fire & Gas systems expert for industrial applications and he is a recognized forensic engineer and investigator for fires, explosions and industrial and marine accidents. He is author of several books, articles and conference papers as well as reviewer for a number of scientific magazines. Special Expert of "Fire risk assessment methods" and "Fire Reporting" NFPA Commissions for NFPA 550, 551 and 901 international standards development. Senior Lecturer for "Fire risk assessment methods", “CFD/FEM methods applied to fire engineering” and “Quantitative Risk Assessment Methods applied to Industrial Safety”. Professional member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (UK). Editorial board member of "Intl. Journal of Forensic Engineering" and "Fire Protection Magazine" (SFPE), “Fire Protection Magazine – Europe” (SFPE Europe). Member of the SFPE Research Tools and Methods Technical Committee and SFPE Fire Risk Technical Committee. He also is Professional Member of SFPE and Senior Member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Together with Prof. Luca Marmo and Prof. Enrico Danzi (Politecnico di Torino) he developed the FLAME method (Fire risk Level Assessment Method for Enterprises) for fire risk assessment. The original method is under review to manage the estimation of the fire risk associated with industrial units and the explosion risk (as per a precise request of the ATEX EU Directive). He is author of several fire risk assessments and pre-emergency plans for a number of railway stations in Italy.

Graeme Flint, Ove Arup & Partners, UK
Bio coming soon

Paul Geoerg, Bundesanstalt fuer Materialfoschung Und-pruefung BAM
Paul Geoerg is a research fellow at the Bundesanstalt fr Materialforschung und -prfung BAM, Berlin, and doctoral candidate at the University of Wuppertal.

Focus of his research is investigating how pedestrians move in heterogenous populations using para- meter studies, both laboratory and simulation. He asks how the safety of persons with body-, mental- or age-induced limitations can be increased in home-related incidents, especially when considering unique limitations such as audio, visual, motor and mental.

Paul Geoerg coordinates the interdisciplinary research project SiME Safety for people with physical, mental- or age-related impairments and has been awarded together with Prof. Seyfried - the third Dr.
Guylne Proulx, OC Scholarship by the SFPE Foundation in 2017.

Foivos Giorgallidis, Fire Engineer, Hoare Lea
Foivos Giorgallidis (BSc, MSc, AlFireE) is a Fire Engineer working in Hoare Lea’s Engineering team in London since 2015. Foivos graduated from University of Cyprus obtaining a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2013. Foivos also obtains a Master’s degree from University of Leeds having attended the MSc Fire and Explosion Engineering graduating with Distinction. Foivos’s professional career began in 2015 after joining Hoare Lea’s graduate program. Foivos is currently working on various projects emphasizing his expertise on residential and office buildings having developed a number of fire safety strategies for complex buildings requiring ASET and RSET analysis undertaking a fire engineering assessment using a Computational Fluid Dynamics.

Pär Hansson, FSD Gothenburg
Graduated as Fire Protection Engineer from Lund University in 1992. Has worked as a Fire Safety Consultant since 1996 and is currently at “Fire Safety Design” as CEO of their Gothenburg division.

Pär is working with large scale projects in Sweden as well as several other European countries. Member of the Swedish chapter of SFPE. During several years also active member of the board of the Swedish chapter of SFPE – BIV. Presenter in SFPE Conferences in Lund 2010, Copenhagen 2015 and Warsaw 2016.

Felipe Herrera, Principal Fire Engineer, Trenton Fire Ltd.
Felipe Herrera has more than 10 years of experience in consultancy and design projects. He has gained an expertise in developing fire safety strategies for buildings and tunnels in different parts of the world. Felipe has worked in engineering offices in the USA, Costa Rica, the United Kingdom, Germany and Spain. His main interests are focused in understanding fire engineering practices in different countries and cultures for those most vulnerable.

Stefan Holl, PhD, Senior Researcher, Juelich Research Center
Bio coming soon

Johan Hoogeweg, Senior Project Leader, DGMR Consulting Engineers
Johan is a Fire Safety consultant at DGMR in The Netherlands. After a study in structural engineering he began his career as a fire safety officer by the fire brigade. In 2006 he made a change to the consultancy branch. As a general fire safety consultant, he has specialized him selves in fire safety installations like watermist-, sprinkler and fire detection systems. Also, high rise buildings and datacenters are part of consultancy scope. Very important aspect in his work is that fire protection systems need to work when you need them, not just to be code compliant.

Paul Hoondert, Graduate student Building Technology, DGMR Consulting Engineers
Paul will graduate in Building Technology at the faculty of Architecture of the Technical University in Delft this month. During his study he developed a growing interest in fire safety engineering, mainly focused on fire safety engineering and safe egress. His master thesis and corresponding research focused on safe egress of hospital patients. The goal was to create design guidelines for an integrated fire safety concept that matches new design trends, actual use, based on applicable egress times for specific types of vulnerable patients.

Michael Isirima, PhD Researcher, Ulster University
Michael Isirima has years of experience working as a safety and loss prevention manager and he am currently a PhD student at Ulster University and also the Managing Director of Miprosafe Safety Centre, a safety and fire protection company. He holds a BSc Mechanical Technology form Rivers State University of Science and Technology and MSc (Eng) Process Safety and Loss Prevention from University of Sheffield. He is an Associate member (Process Safety) with the Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), student member Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), student member Institute of Fire Engineers (IFE), student member international association of fire safety science (IAFSS) and a student member American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).

E.W. Janse, MSc., Consultant BVEJ
Erik started at TNO Centre for Fire Safety after finishing his studies in physics. There he worked as a researcher and consultant, mainly on fire physics subjects such as smoke control. After some years in a consultancy company he started his own company and is now working as a fire safety consultant. He has been active in fire safety in the Netherlands for 25 years.

Daan Jansen, MSc., Senior Fire Safety Consultant / Associate Director, Royal HaskoningDHV
As a fire safety consultant I’m responsible for the development of fire safety strategies and the determination of starting points for fire safety systems for the development of complex buildings such as public transport and airport terminal buildings, hospitals and industrial plants. Based on the specific knowledge on fire safety and fire safety engineering and experience in several (international) projects I’m able to select the best strategies and measures in each project. I’m experienced in selecting and integration the fire safety measures during the design processes and construction phases.

Correct integration of the fire safety concept in projects is very important. The fire safety provisions must fit the architects’ design philosophy, the use of the building and result in well balanced investments. A balanced set of measures must be selected to meet local and international legislation. Consultancy services aim at developing safe buildings and environments resulting also being approved by Authority Having Jurisdiction.

Jimmy Jönsson, BSc Fire, MSc Risk, PMSFPE, Director JVVA Fire & Risk 
Jimmy has worked on a wide range of fire/life safety projects internationally over the last 15 years. He has extensive experience in developing performance based fire engineering design and analysis.

Jimmy has specific knowledge and experience regarding Fire Engineering, Performance Based Design and Risk Management. Jimmy has led fire engineering design and implementation across a varied range of international building and infrastructure projects like high and super high rise, commercial and residential complexes, airports, underground infrastructure, logistics centres, rail and road tunnels.

Prior to lead JVVA, Jimmy worked for Arup Fire for more than 10 years in different offices (London, Dublin and Madrid) becoming the team leader of Arup Fire in Madrid and the technical leader of Arup Fire in Europe.

Jimmy graduated from Lund University in Sweden, from where he achieved two degrees; BSc Fire Protection Engineering and MSc Risk Management & Safety Engineering. After graduation he worked at the department of fire safety engineering at Lund University evaluating fire and risk computer models.

Jimmy is on the Board of Directors for the Spanish chapter of SFPE (President), and a member of the SFPE EU-coordination group.

William E. Koffel PE, FSFPE, President, Koffel Associates, Inc.
Bill Koffel is President of Koffel Associates a fire protection engineering and code consulting firm, and is recognized as an expert in the fields of fire protection and life safety aspects of codes and standards. With five offices in the US and three offices in the Middle East, the firm provides code consulting; engineering design & construction administration; codes development; seminar development and litigation support to public and private clients worldwide. Bill remains active in the development

J.T. (Johan) Koudijs, Senior Consultant, DGMR Consulting Engineers
Johan) Koudijs, has a Bachelors degree in building science at Hogeschool Utrecht (1986), followed by ten years of work on façade engineering with different consultants in the Netherlands. With DGMR he started managing group of now more than 40 professionals dealing with both these subjects. He is still very involved in the day to day practice of consulting clients and managing project teams on both fire safety and façade technology. His areas of primary expertise include general fire safety of large and or complex buildings and the fire resistance of glass and facades. He is very experienced in communication with design teams in order to tune the design to the regulations and general principals. He is one of the founders of the Dutch association of fire safety engineers VVBA and chairman of an independent committee dealing with conflicts between the authorities having jurisdiction and parties applying for building permits (founded by the ministry of internal affairs).

Fang Li, Executive Vice President, JENSEN HUGHES
Fang Li is the Executive Vice President of Jensen Hughes’s China Operations. She joined the group in 2001 and has been has been responsible for the China Office in Shanghai since 2004. Fang is a Fellow Member of SFPE, and started the SFPE China Chapter in 2006 as its President and has continued to lead and grow it thru the current time. She was the first to advocate Performance Based Design (PBD) in China and was awarded the Chinese Silver by Ministry of Science and Technology for the “Technical Guideline of Performance Based Design. Fang Li is the member of CTBUH, WOBO, NFPA, SFPE, CFPA, SOLEMENDOR, and the committee of experts of nationwide. She was selected to give multiple presentations on fire safety in China at NFPA Annual Meetings, Council of Tall Building & Urban Habitat World Congresses, Fire Asia Conference and other local conferences in China sponsored by the Ministry of Public Security.

Fang has been awarded the Chinese National Top 10 Elite and was the only one who received the award in 2012 for Fire Protection. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering and Fire protection in China and a Master’s Degree in Fire Protection Engineering from WPI.

Chia Lung Wu, PhD Candidate, University of Edinburgh
Chia-Lung (Farian) Wu is a Taiwan Government Sponsorship for Overseas Study Award PhD
Student in the BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering at the University of Edinburgh,
Scotland, investigating the fire backdraught phenomenon and trying to get the better understanding of this special phenomenon. He has been working in the field of fire safety since 2007. Chia-Lung (Farian) Wu was a fire officer (2007/10-2015/1) in Fire Prevention section at National Fire Agency, Ministry of the Interior, Taiwan, before being a student at the University of Edinburgh.

In the seven years' work, most of his work focused on Management of Fire prevention, Fire Safety Law and Legislation, and Performance Based Fire Design. In addition to fire safety research, he has also been involved into research in disaster management and aging society issue. One of his project, “Apply Semi-quantitative method to construct fire risk indices of building-based on Small-Scale hospital”, won the best research of the year (2013) in Ministry of the Interior, Taiwan.

Martyn McLaggan, PhD, Lund University
Dr. Martyn S. McLaggan is a postdoctoral fellow at both the Danish Institute of Fire & Security Technology and Lund Technical University. He obtained his PhD in Fire Safety Engineering from the University of Edinburgh specialising in experimental test methods for innovative wall linings and smouldering bio-based materials. During this time he was awarded a Lessells scholarship to collaborate with the University of Queensland, Australia on the determination of accurate thermal properties of materials. Prior to this, he attained his Masters in Architectural Engineering with 1st class honours from Strathclyde University in Glasgow.

Brian Meacham, PhD, PE, CEng, FIFireE, FSFPE, Managing Principal, Meacham Associates
Brian is Managing Principal at Meacham Associates, a firm that provides risk-informed performance-based solutions to complex building and infrastructure challenges, conducts building and fire regulatory system capacity assessments, and undertakes research in these and related areas. He has worked with and for governments, NGOs and the private sector in these areas in numerous countries. Throughout his career, he has authored more than 250 publications, given more than 250 presentations, and led more than $3M in research in these areas. His prior positions included Associate Professor in Fire Protection Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Principal at Arup, Technical Director and Research Director at SFPE, fire safety engineer in the USA and Europe, and engineering manager at Gamewell Corporation. Brian is the 2018 President-Elect of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), Chair of the US TAG to ISO TC92 SC4 – Fire Safety Engineering, Chair of the NFPA Technical Committee on Fire Risk Assessment Methods, and Secretary of the IAFSS Management Committee. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Connecticut and Massachusetts, a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers, a Fellow of SFPE, and a Fulbright Global Scholar

Marion Meinert, PhD, Ing., DBI
Marion Meinert works in an industrial posdoc project at the Danish Institute of Fire and Security Technology together with Lund University. Originally from Germany, she was awarded with a doctoral degree from University of Wuppertal in 2016 for her thesis about "Fluid Dynamic Analysis of Pressurized Stairwells.”

Johan Noren, R & D Director, Briab Brand & Riskingenjörerna AB
Johan Norén has a MSc in Fire Protection Engineering and Risk Management. Johan is partner at Briab with more than 10 years of experience working with fire safety design and engineering applications. Johan is head of the R&D department where he and his coworkers focus on future digitalized fire protection, development of processes for Nordic cooperation on fire safety issues as well as design criteria for high rise timber buildings.

Fredrik Nystedt, Scientific Leader, Briab Brand & Riskingenjörerna AB
Fredrik Nystedt has a Lic. in Engineering and a BSc in Fire Protection. Fredrik is the scientific leader at Briab’s R&D department giving guidance to co-workers on scientific approach and methods. Fredrik has developed his expertise mainly within the field of performance-based fire safety engineering where he has had a key role in the development of current Swedish building regulations regarding fire safety. Fredrik has played an important part in developing best practices for the fire safety design of tall buildings as well as enabling cost-effective use of residential sprinklers.

Tim O’Brien, PG Cert. Eng. (Fire), BE (Hons.), MSPFE, MNFPA, MIPENZ, CP Eng., Int. PE, Director, Consulting Fire Engineer, FireNZW
Tim is a professional fire engineer with over 20 years of experience in fire protection, risk management, loss prevention, fire investigation, fire resistance testing, regulatory compliance, legal advisory services and fire engineering design.

Tim’s current work with FireNZE is primarily fire engineering design through acceptable solutions, alternative and specific design to meet client needs (from minimum regulatory compliance to enhanced property protection). FireNZE also provides loss investigation and legal advisory services for clients that range from building owners to global corporates. Former roles include fire engineer and special fire investigator with the New Zealand Fire Service, Accredited Sprinkler System Certifier (AHJ) and manager of VeriFire Limited, Accredited Fire Engineer with BRANZ Limited, senior loss prevention engineer with FM Global, and Executive board member of FPANZ.

Tim has made significant contributions to the development of New Zealand fire protection Standards and has delivered international presentations, papers and training on aspects of fire engineering.

Laurent Paris, Risk Quantification Technological Officer, TechnipFMC
Laurent has a current position as a Risk Quantification Technology Officer in the HSE Design Department of TechnipFMC France. He has 20 years’ experience of hazard modelling and response of structures subjected to accidental events in the field of Oil & Gas, Defense, Nuclear and other industries.

He has an extensive background in the practice of high fidelity numerical tools such as Computational Fluids Dynamics (FLACS) and Non-linear Finite Element Analysis (LS-DYNA). He is in charge of R&D activities related to Fire & Blast and is providing technical support during projects execution both onshore and offshore.

Olaf Perez Salgueiro, JVVA Fire & Risk
Olaf Pérez has a Master degree in Telecommunications Engineering and a 1-year Master course in Fire Safety from the ICAI University in Madrid. He is specifically involved in smoke modelling and evacuation modelling. Olaf is a member of Spanish SFPE chapter.

 

Bjorn Peters, Senior Consultant Fire Safety & Building Technology, DGMR Consulting Engineers
After studying Building Technology at the faculty of Architecture, TU-Delft, Björn worked for 2 years as a lecturer at the building physics department. When he switched to DGMR he attended post graduate courses in FSE at Greenwich University. Now, having 12.5 years working experience in FSE, he participates in different working groups for Dutch standards and guide lines on fire safety and is a guest lecturer at various institutions in the Netherlands like TU-Delft, IFV and SBO.

Shihab Rahman, PhD, Research Engineer, INERIS
Dr. Rahman is a mechanical engineer, acquired his Ph.D. in Aeropsace Engineering at the ONERA (French Aerospace Lab) and is currently working as fire scientist at INERIS, performing numerical simulations and experimentation in the field of fire engineering. Warehouse fires are especially of interest, including fire propagation and structural collapse.

Paulo Ramos, President, SFPE Portugal Chapter
Bio coming soon

Borja Rengel, PhD Student, CERTEC-UPC
Borja Rengel is a PhD student focused on the assessment of the predictive capabilities of CFD modelling tools to forecast the main hazardous effects of large pool fires. His training and past experience as a fire safety engineer included many projects concerning performance-based designs, smoke control analysis, crowd modelling and fire experimental tests. In addition, he has been involved in different worldwide tasks that have delivered him a wide knowledge of many international fire safety codes.

Lieven Schoonbaert, Fire Safety Engineer, Infrabel / Tractebel
Graduated in 2010 in “Fire Safety Engineering” at the University of Ghent. As a consultant involved in Fire Safety issues for over 20 years in Belgium. Not only tunnels but also industrial sites and public buildings such as airports. Done publications in “Fire Forum Magazine” (Belgium).



Hans Sevenstern, Senior Consultant Property Risk Consulting, Marsh Risk Consulting B.V.
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Jens Steemann Kristensen, PhD Student, University of Edinburgh
Jens Steemann Kristensen is a first year PhD student at the BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering in the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh (UK), where he is researching the fire-related risk of photovoltaic installations in the built environment. He holds an MSc in Civil Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), and he studied a semester at the University of Ghent (Belgium) as part of that degree. His MSc thesis was entitled “Photovoltaic installations on warehouse buildings – an experimental study of the propagation of fire” and consisted of laboratory scale experiments and larger, outdoor experiments on roof sections with 6 PV panels mounted on top.

Anne Thiry-Muller, PhD, Fire Safety Engineering Assessor, LCCP
Dr. Anne Thiry-Muller is building official for LCPP, a public administration, for 5 years. She is specialised in fire engineering calculation supervision in Paris and its suburbs. She wrote a national guide on fire safety engineering for smoke control and participates to the elaboration of ISO norms for Fire Safety Engineering.

Piotr Tofilo, PhD, Poland Fire Brigade
Piotr is a lecturer and researcher at the Main School of Fire Brigade in Warsaw, Poland. He completed his PhD at the FireSERT research center of the Ulster University. After graduation he joined Ramboll Safe in London where he built on experience as a senior fire engineer working on UK and international fire engineering projects. He was a guest researcher at National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Eric Tonicello, Civil Engineer and Fire Safety Engineer, ISI – Ingénierie et Sécurité Incendie – Lausanne
Eric Tonicello is a civil engineer with more than ten years in as structural fire and fire safety engineer. He rules ISI company since 2013, after being project manager for 10 years and research assistant at EPFL for 6 years. With more than 60 projects on the French speaking part of Switzerland, he’s a recognized and experienced professional in his field, and teaches fire safety for several engineering schools.

Serhii Tsvyrkun, Head of the Chair of Building Structures, Cherkasy Institute of Fire Safety
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Jeanne van Buren, PhD Senior Consultant, Marsh Risk Consulting
Jeanne has wide experience in industrial fire safety at chemical, process industry and Oil and gas industries. She holds a PhD degree (see title of thesis below) from the University of Delft, Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management.

 

Patrick van Hees, PhD, Professor, Lund University
Patrick van Hees is professor at the Division of Fire Safety Engineering, Lund University.

 

Ruud van Herpen, MSc. FIFireE, Technical Director / Senior Consultant Fire Safety, Nieman Consulting Engineers
Fields of experience of Nieman Consulting Engineers are building physics, acoustics, noise control, building services, sustainability and building safety. In fire safety we believe in an objective based approach with fire engineering in a probabilistic framework. In that case it is really a challenge to assess the objective based solution on the prescripte requirements of the building code.

Peter van de Leur, MSc., Senior Fire Safety Consultant, DGMR
Peter is active in fire safety research and consultancy since 1988. With a physics degree from TU Delft, he started at TNO Centre for Fire Research, working on smoke and heat transport, heat radiation, test methods and fire investigations. He is with DGMR consulting engineers since 15 years, active in risk based approaches for large compartments and standards/regulations.

Tom van Leeuwen, BBE., Junior Fire Safety Consultant, Royal HaskoningDHV
After my graduation as a building engineer I started working as a fire safety engineer. My thesis was the research about the risk of smoke spread as a result of the new legislation.

Karl Wallasch, Associate Director, Hoare Lea

Karl Wallasch (Dipl.-Ing., CEng) is a Fire Engineer working in Hoare Lea’s Fire Engineering team in London. Karl is a tutor at the online Master course at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany. He is also the secretary of the SFPE UK Chapter and a member of the VFDB (German Fire Protection Association) Referat 4 – a committee publishing use of fire engineering guidance in Europe. Karl has published over 30 articles and presentations about fire engineering. He is also Co-author for f-sim.de a website for users of fire and smoke simulation and evacuation software. He has working experience in the UK, Europe and abroad.

Ricardo Weewer, PhD, Professor, IFV Fire Service Academy
Ricardo Weewer started in 1993 as an active fire officer in Amsterdam after finishing his studies and PhD studies at Delft University of Technology and the officers course at the Fire Service Academy. He climbed the ranks until Deputy Fire Chief and since 2015 he is professor of fire service science at the Netherlands Fire Service Academy. His drive is to do research for the fire service, in connection with practice.

Wojciech Wegrzynski, PhD, Head of Smoke Control, Signaling and Fire Automation Division, Building Research Institute
Dr. Wojciech Węgrzyński is with ITB, that is the Polish Building Research Institute in Warsaw. He currently holds the position of the Head of Smoke Control Division, within the Fire Research Department. His main area of interest are the active smoke control systems, computational fluid dynamics, and evaluation of the effects of the spread of smoke in buildings. His research is focused on the impact of architectural context of the building on the smoke control performance, as well as finding solutions to make the smoke exhaust systems cheaper and more efficient. As an experienced Fire Safety Engineer, Dr. Węgrzyński did participate in over 200 technical expertise of smoke control systems in major building and tunnel developments in Eastern Europe. He is also an active member of CEN work groups TC 191 SC 1 WG 5 and WG 9, that develop new European standards for smoke control.

David Yates, Exova, Warrington Fire
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