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

Peter A. Weismantle, FAIA, RIBA
Director - Supertall Building
Technology at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG)
James Antell AIA, P.E.
Vice President - International Development
Jensen Hughes

Guillermo Rein, Ph.D.
Reader in Thermal Energy
Department of Mechanical
Engineering of Imperial College London
Editor-in-Chief, journal Fire Technology

Majed Almejmaj, B.S., M.S., Senior Fire Engineer, BuroHappold Engineering
Majed has a Bachelor and Master of Science in fire protection engineering and has been involved in the industry for 13 years. His experience covers developing and implementing fire protection strategies in various occupancies using a global and local standards (e.g. NFPA, Saudi Building Code), such as hydrocarbon processing plants, high-rise residential/office buildings, training and research.

In addition to working with BuroHappold as a Senior Fire Engineer, he is also a PhD candidate at Worcester Polytechnic Institute pursuing a degree in fire protection engineering and his thesis examines the effects of cultural differences on human behavior during evacuation, and how to implement such differences in egress modeling.

James Antell AIA, P.E., Vice President – International Development, Jensen Hughes
James Antell AIA, P.E., is the Vice President – International Development responsible for JENSEN HUGHES international business including growth and expansion of offices in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo. He has over 35 years of fire engineering experience acting as an advisor to design teams and building owners on compliance with local and international fire safety codes.

His experience includes development of fire protection design strategies using both code and performance based approaches as well as other special studies related to specific code compliance issues. He has negotiated acceptance of alternative fire protection approaches with regulatory officials throughout the world. Mr. Antell’s specific areas of concentration include high-rise buildings, public assembly facilities and healthcare.

Mr. Antell’s global high-rise fire engineering experience includes many of the world’s tallest structures including the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur and more recently the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia as well as numerous other high rise projects in the U.S., Asia and the Middle East. He is a recognized expert in high-rise fire safety design. He has lectured worldwide on high rise fire safety and published numerous articles on the subject.

His global experience also includes numerous large public assembly venues including arenas, stadiums, exhibition halls and significant project experience with buildings which house Cultural Resources such as museums, libraries, historic properties, opera houses, and theaters.

John Barrot, P.E., Fire Engineer, New York Office Leader, Arup
John Barrot is a fire engineer with the design firm Arup and has completed airport projects in New York, Mexico City, Doha and Sydney. John will reveal the top challenges a fire protection engineer must consider in designing the modern passenger terminal. The presentation will share real project examples from recently constructed or in-construction projects to illustrate these challenges. These projects include the New Mexico City International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, Abu Dhabi International Airport and others.

Noureddine Bénichou, Ph.D., Senior Research Officer, National Research Council Canada
Dr. Noureddine Bénichou is a Senior Research Officer at the National Research Council of Canada. He holds a Ph.D. from Carleton University in Civil Engineering, and is the author of over 180 publications. His research areas include fire resistance modeling and experimentation of structures, fire safety in buildings and fire risk analysis. Before joining the Fire Safety Group, he worked as a consultant developing design guidelines for use in performance-based building codes, and conducting studies on the trade-offs of fire department response time versus sprinkler protection. Dr. Bénichou is a member of SFPE, CIB and CSCE; represents Canada in ISO/TC92/SC4; and is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carleton University.

David Black, MEng, BEng, MIFireE, Associate BuroHappold Engineering
David Black is a Chartered Fire Engineer and Senior Project Leader at BuroHappold, Middle East branch. His area of expertise implies fire strategy, code consultancy, technical design support, and the development of comprehensive fire engineering solutions in compliance with building standards throughout Middle East, UK and Asia.

John Boyce, Head of Fire Safety, Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC)

Bio coming soon.


David Charters, Ph.D., CEng, FIFireE, MIMechE, Principal Consultant Associate, Risktec DMCC, Dubai
David Charters is Visiting Professor at the University of Leeds and Principal Consultant Associate with Risktec in Dubai. His fire engineering interests include; evacuation and human behavior in fire, risk-informed performance-based design 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.

Andrew Coles, P.E., Senior Engineer, Jensen Hughes
Andrew has over 14 years of international experience working on projects in Canada, USA, Australia, and the Middle East. He has extensive experience in smoke control optimization using computational fluid dynamics (CFD), and passenger and evacuation modelling. Mr. Coles has worked on numerous projects including low and high rise residential, multi-use developments, convention centers, casinos, transit and road projects. His responsibilities included code consulting, fire and life safety strategies, developing and executing performance based methodologies, detailed plan reviews and design audits. Notable transit projects include the Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco, California, the Makkah Public Transport Program in Saudi Arabia, Eglinton Line in Toronto, Canada and the Evergreen Line in Vancouver, Canada. Andrew is active in the engineering community and has written various papers for conferences and peer reviewed journals on the topic of risk assessment and flame spread modeling.

Susan Deeny, Ph.D., Senior Engineer, Arup
Susan leads the Arup’s UK structural fire engineering team. She is not only responsible for the delivery of structural fire design but also the development of new structural fire engineering methods in response to changing building technology. Following completion of her PhD in structural fire engineering at the University of Edinburgh she has been practicing as a consulting fire engineer for 6 years. She continues to take an active role in research and is currently an industrial supervisor of three Arup funded PhD students in the fields of both timber and concrete structures in fire.

George Faller, MSc. Civ Eng, CEng, MIStructE, MIFireE, Associate Director, Ove Arup & Partners SAU
George Faller joined Ove Arup in South Africa in 1981, where he worked as a structural engineer on a wide variety of projects in Africa, Europe and the Far East. In 1997 he joined Arup Fire in London to pursue his interest in fire engineering, and worked in Ireland for three years before moving to Spain in 2002 to set up Arup Fire in Spain. He is the Skills Network leader for Arup Fire in Europe and Arup University representative for Spain.

He has more recently worked with large corporate entities like Inditex, in providing advice and technical support for their Corporate Social Responsibility team. This has led to him spending a lot of time in Bangladesh over the past 3 years, advising first Inditex, the ‘Accord for Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh’, and the UN’s International Labour Organisation.

He has played a number of different roles in his capacity as Fire and Structural engineer in the international effort at addressing building safety concerns in the textile factories in that country.

Michael J. Ferreira, P.E., Vice President Development, Jensen Hughes
Michael Ferreira is the Vice President of Development for Aviation & Transportation Services, with over 20 years of fire protection industry experience. Mr. Ferreira has been involved in a number of airport projects in both the U.S. and internationally, looking at the issues of smoke control, occupant evacuation and notification, hazard analysis, and operational procedures. He has developed the performance requirements for dynamic evacuation signage systems and has worked to evaluate the capabilities of devices provided from a range of equipment manufacturers. His expertise includes conducting performance-based evaluations and risk analysis of iconic structures such as the Statue of Liberty, Gateway Arch, and Library of Congress.

Mr. Ferreira has been a member of the NFPA Technical Committee on Smoke Management Systems (responsible for NFPA 92 and NFPA 204) for over 15 years and is an alternate on the NFPA Committee on Fixed Guideway Transit & Passenger Rail Systems (responsible for NFPA 130). He is a co-author of the ASHRAE / SFPE Smoke Control Handbook. He is also an author of over 25 peer reviewed journal and magazine publications on the subject of smoke control system design.

Luca Fiorentini, Prof., Executive Director, TECSA S.r.l. // MFCforensic
Luca Fiorentini is an internationally recognized expert in the field of industrial, process safety and fire engineering. He is owner and CEO 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 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). Member of the SFPE Research Tools and Methods Technical Committee. He also is Senior Member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Benjamin Hughes-Brown, FIEAust CPEng, NER, Director, Ignis Solutions
Benjamin is currently the only Fellow Member of Engineers Australia and Chartered Fire Safety Engineer in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Benjamin brings over 15 years of engineering experience to Ignis Solutions. He has previously worked for Australia's largest and well respected engineering and fire safety consulting firms. Furthermore, Benjamin has significant experience with Australia's largest fire and rescue service (Fire and Rescue NSW) as their Chief Engineer for performance based design evaluation and approval. Whilst with Fire and Rescue NSW, Benjamin received their highest civilian award being the meritorious service award. Benjamin compliments his engineering role with administrative experience for Australia's leading code developing body (The Australian Building Codes Board) and is fully registered with Engineers Australia National Engineers Registry, the Registered Engineers Board of Queensland, the Building Practitioners Board of NSW, the Victorian Building Authority, the Tasmanian Department of Justice as well as a Professional Member of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand. Benjamin has recently achieved professional engineering status with the Fire Protection Association of Australia.

Manuel Hurtado, P.E., Senior Consultant, Jensen Hughes
Mr. Hurtado is a Sr. Consultant in the Chicago Jensen Hughes office. His project work includes code consulting, life safety evaluation, fire alarm and suppression system design, and industrial fire protection system testing/analysis. Mr. Hurtado received his Master of Science degree in Fire Protection Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is also a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CEPI).

Chris Jelenewicz, P.E., FSFPE, Technical Director, SFPE
Chris is the Technical Director at SFPE and the Technical Editor of SFPEs Fire Protection Engineering magazine. He is responsible overseeing SFPE’s licensing and technical activities. Chris was featured in hundreds of articles and broadcast interviews, including the New York Times, CBS Nightly News, Public Television, USA Today, The Washington Post and the Philadelphia Daily News. Chris has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in fire protection engineering and a Master’s in Management from the University of Maryland. He is an SFPE Fellow and received the Distinguished Alumni Award in its inaugural year from the University of Maryland’s Department of Fire Protection Engineering. Chris is a licensed engineer in the States of California, Delaware and Maryland.

Peter Johnson, FSFPE, Principal and Fellow, Arup
Peter Johnson is a Principal and Fellow at the global consulting firm of Arup. He is currently based in Melbourne but has had an international career over 40 years in fire safety engineering and design of buildings and transport infrastructure, as well as policy and regulatory development, fire research, education and standards writing.

Over the past decade Peter has been heavily involved in fire engineering and risk assessment projects associated with rail tunnels, stations and rolling stock, as well as airports and road tunnels. He is a Member of the National Fire Protection Association in the USA. He is also a Fellow of Engineers Australia and a Fellow of the international Society of Fire Protection Engineers, having served on the Program Committees for the Performance Based SFPE Conferences for many years. Peter is a former President and Honorary Life Member of the Fire Protection Association, Australia.

Poornabodh Kashyap, Senior Consultant, Jensen Hughes
Mr. Poornabodh Kashyap is a Senior Consultant for Jensen Hughes Dubai office. After completing his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in Bangalore, India, and his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University, USA, Mr. Kashyap worked with a fire protection engineering manufacturer in Easton, Pennsylvania, USA, and Mumbai, India. Mr. Kashyap also interned with Jensen Hughes (Formerly Aon Fire Protection Engineering’s) Phoenix office.

Mr. Kashyap’s varied experience includes code analyses of many types of occupancies including high-rise commercial and residential buildings, hospitals, hotels, shopping malls, airport terminals, power generation stations and numerous other facilities in India, the Middle East and the United States. He has assisted in preparing alarm system and sprinkler layout system designs, specifications and shop drawing reviews as well as site fire protection and life safety audits for various facilities. Additionally, Mr. Kashyap has performed fire and smoke modeling analysis for resorts, hotels and luxury apartment facilities, shopping malls and other buildings containing high-rise atrium spaces.

Mr. Kashyap’s current responsibilities include management and overall quality
control of major hospitality fire life safety projects for Jensen Hughes in the Middle East, India and Africa.

Jack Keays, PEng., Director and Principal Fire Engineer, Vortex Fire Consulting, Inc.
Jack is an accomplished fire safety engineer and building code consultant with extensive project experience in Canada, Singapore, Middle East, and North Africa. Jack has advanced analytical skills with the ability to recognize and address fire safety challenges and develop practical engineering solutions.

With each project Jack engages both internal and external stakeholders in positive, collaborative relationships and looks to bring value to each project by taking a holistic approach to fire and life safety and working closely with other disciplines to deliver optimal solutions.

Jack has presented at many conferences and authored articles on fire safety both in Canada and internationally. Mr. Keays has served as a committee member for the development of standards and in advancing the field of fire science as it applies to the built environment.

Jack provides building and fire code consulting services from conceptual design stage through to successful completion. Services include identifying valuable building code design options, developing equivalent approaches to prescriptive building and fire code requirements, coordinating with the project team and building officials, and reporting on the applicable design approaches.

Bassem Khalil, Senior Fire Safety Engineer, Abu Dhabi Civil Defense 
Bassem Khalil is a Senior Fire & Life Safety Engineer at U.A.E Abu Dhabi Civil Defense. He earned a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering from the High Institute for Architecture & Business Administration Technology in Cairo, Egypt in the year 2000. He has served for over 15 years on several National Fire Code Committees, including the UAE Fire Safety Code of Practice, Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council "Urban Street Design Manual" development committees, and as a skilled team leader, trainer & Inventor. In 2013 Abu Dhabi Civil Defense, U.A.E Ministry of Interior awarded him with the "The Excellence Award & Medal of Honor," The highest award bestowed by UAE M.O.I for outstanding contributions to Abu Dhabi Civil Defense Department. Mr. Khalil is certified with NFPA’s various certifications such as CFPS, CFI1, CFPE. In addition to these, he is considered as the NFPA’s world's first Lead Life Safety Code 101, Arab Speaking instructor.

Amanda Kimball, P.E., Senior Project Manager, Fire Protection Research Foundation
Amanda Kimball is a senior project manager at the Fire Protection Research Foundation, an affiliate of the National Fire Protection Association, where she is responsible for projects relating to suppression, fire alarm, and building life safety. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s degree in Fire Protection Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Amanda’s professional background includes fire protection engineering consulting with experience in building code life safety analyses, design of fire protection systems, and fire and egress modeling of buildings and subway stations. She is a registered Professional Fire Protection Engineer in the state of Massachusetts. Amanda was recently elected to the SFPE Board of Directors and serves as an Associate Editor for Fire Technology.

William E. Koffel, P.E., FSFPE, Partner, Koffel International Fire Safety Consultancy
Bill Koffel is President of Koffel Associates, a fire protection and life safety engineering design and consulting firm, recognized as an expert in the fire protection and life safety aspects of codes and standards. Headquartered in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area in the USA, the firm provides consulting; engineering design & construction administration; codes & standards development; seminar development & training; product testing & evaluation / representation; and litigation support to public and private clients worldwide. He is also a Partner in Koffel International Fire Safety Consultancy headquartered in the UAE. Bill is active in the development process of the industry’s governing codes, standards and design guidelines including International Code Council (ICC), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) and Underwriters Laboratory (UL). A former code official with the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office, he is a Past President of the SFPE.

Grzegorz Krajewski, MSc, Env. Eng., Assistant in Smoke Control – Signaling and Fire Automation Divison, Building Research Institute (ITB)
Grzegorz Krajewski graduate of The Warsaw University of Technology, Environmental Engineering and postgraduate of Main School of Fire Service in Warsaw, Building Safety studies. Since 2007 is an employee of Building Research Institute (ITB), currently working as a fire safety expert in Smoke Control, Signaling and Fire Automation Division. Member of PKN technical committees polish normalization committee) on fire signaling and automation, and CEN TC 191/SC1/WG9 committee on smoke control systems in carparks.

During his work in ITB, author of more than 120 reports and technical expertise’s, that include CFD simulations, hot smoke test and individual guidelines for smoke control systems. Also author of over 40 publications and conference papers. Co-author of guidelines for design, assessment and commissioning of smoke control systems in enclosed car parks (in Polish).

Maher Ladkany, CFPS, Senior Engineer, Jensen Hughes
Mr. Ladkany is a Senior Consultant for JENSEN HUGHES’ Dubai office. As a graduate of the Lebanese University in Beirut with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a Masters of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering, Mr. Ladkany has over 10 years’ experience in fire protection systems design, supervision, implementation, testing and handover for owners, civil defense, and authorities having jurisdiction. Specifically, Mr. Ladkany has extensive experience in fire suppression, smoke control, and fire alarm and detection systems for high rise buildings, mixed-use facilities, airports, hospitals, industrial and oil and gas related facilities and other commercial buildings. Mr. Ladkany is also experienced in fire modeling using FDS software and evacuation modeling.

Mr. Ladkany is a certified fire protection specialist ( C.F.P.S) and a professional member of SFPE. He is a Dubai Civil Defense registered engineer for fire suppression and smoke control systems design and testing, is registered with the Order of Engineering in Beirut, and was previously registered as an engineer with Qatar Civil Defense.

Stuart Lloyd, EMEA, Zurich Risk Engineering
Stuart Lloyd is the Principal Fire Protection Engineer – EMEA for Zurich Insurance Group. He spent 15 years employed in the fire protection industry, initially as an installer and service engineer. He was involved in commissioning and evaluation of completed projects and even sales before he joined Zurich in 2003. He is a member of their Global Risk Engineering Technical Centre, and an active committee member of NFPA 13, EN 12845 and British sprinkler standards.

Stuart is a also a member UK Fire Protection Association’s RISCAuthority panel, British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association technical committee, BRE fire suppression liaison group and European Fire Sprinkler Network council. He is directly involved in other fire protection standards development for the UK and Europe and represents Zurich at the Property Insurers Research Group (PIRG) of the NFPA's Fire Protection Research Foundation.

Amer Magrabi, Ph.D., CPEng, FIEAust, Principal – Fire Engineering, Lote Consulting
Amer Magrabi, PhD, Masters Risk Mgmt, BE (Hons), CPEng, FIEAust – Dr Magrabi is a Chartered Fire Safety Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia (FIEAust) and registered fire safety engineer in Australia, Singapore and Malaysia. He has over 15 years of fire safety design, consulting and research experience covering the commercial property, transport infrastructure and industrial sectors. Amer is currently the founder partner and Principal – Fire Engineering at Lote Consulting in Sydney, Australia. Lote is a specialist engineering practice specialising in fire, risk and security services. In his previous roles, Amer has served as General Manager – Asia for Exova Warringtonfire based in Singapore and Director – Fire & Risk Engineering, AECOM – Australia/New Zealand based in Sydney. Amer has also served on the following technical committees: Australian Standard Tunnel Fire Safety Committee, FP-023 (2009-11), IEAust Society of Fire Safety (SFS) – New South Wales Chapter (2008-11, 2014-Current), Executive Committee Member of the Risk Management Institution of Australasia (RMIA) – NSW (2001-07) and Chairman - NSW Fire Brigades-Society of Fire Safety Liaison Sub-Committee (2008-09), Committee Member, Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), Singapore (2011-2013).

Adrian Milford, M.A.Sc., P.Eng., Project Engineer, Jensen Hughes
Adrian Milford is a project engineer with Jensen Hughes in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada where he is involved in the development of performance based design solutions using a variety of analysis methodologies for numerous projects including transit systems, multi-use developments, flammable liquid storage facilities, residential structures, and industrial plants. Adrian has analysed the performance of tunnel ventilation systems for large transit projects and has conducted forensic investigations for residential, commercial, and industrial fires. His primary field of interest is the modelling of smoke movement and fire development using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and he applies his knowledge and experience to research topics related to fire safety in transit and infrastructure applications.

Mohamed S Mohamed, P.E., Consultant, Jensen Hughes
Mohamed Salih Mohamed is a graduate of the American University of Sharjah with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Minor in Business Administration Management, and is currently a candidate for the Master of Science degree in Fire Protection Engineering at the University of Maryland.

As a Registered Professional Engineer in the United States with over eight (8) years of professional experience in the fire protection and life safety engineering industry, Mohamed is a Consultant in Jensen Hughes Dubai office responsible for providing fire protection and life safety consultation services to contractors, architects, and engineers based on UAE Fire Codes, Abu Dhabi Civil Defense Manuals, GCC Fire Codes, ICC Codes, and NFPA Codes and Standards.

Mr. Mohamed’s varied experience includes the development of smoke control strategies based on passive and active protection systems. He has also developed fire strategy reports and drawings for various projects such as mixed-use buildings, high rise hotels and office buildings, hospitals, and industrial buildings. He has also performed site audits and witnessed testing and commissioning of fire protection systems prior to project handover.

Jaime Paucar, P.E., Project Director, Jensen Hughes
Jaime Paucar graduated from The City College of New York with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and holds a graduate certificate in Fire Protection Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. As a registered professional engineer in the United States with over 15 years of professional experience in the fire protection engineering industry, Mr. Paucar has applied his diverse design experience to several notable projects on a national and international level.

Mr. Paucar’s design and management experience expands to a variety of fire suppression systems including special hazards for oil/gas refineries, hangars, airports, semiconductor and military facilities, power generation plants, and pharmaceutical research and development laboratories. Additional experience includes advanced CFD and fire modeling, smoke control systems design, high-piled storage analysis, hazardous occupancy analysis, plan review/inspection services, and working with AHJs to develop alternate design solutions to prescriptive code requirements.

As Project Director, he is responsible for developing and monitoring project budgets, coaching and supervising teams, assisting with the coordination of staff workload, and managing client relationships. In addition to providing fire/life safety consultations, he has knowledge of the UAE and GCC Fire Codes, IBC, and NFPA standards.

Mr. Paucar currently serves as Project Director for Al Maktoum International Airport project for Jensen Hughes in the United Arab Emirates.

Guillermo Rein, Reader in Thermal Energy, Department of Mechanical Engineering of Imperial College London and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Fire Technology
Guillermo is Reader (British equivalent to Associate Professor) at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Imperial College London, and Editor-in-Chief of Fire Technology. He was born in Madrid (Spain) and studied Mechanical Engineering at University of California at Berkeley (MSc 2003, PhD 2005). He joined Imperial College in 2012 from a previous academic position at University of Edinburgh. His research is centred on heat transfer, material flammability and fire behaviour, with the purpose of reducing the worldwide burden of accidental fires. He specially enjoys solving multidisciplinary problems combining experimental and modelling techniques. He has graduated 7 PhD students, three of which have become academics, and 39 Master students.

Paul Rivers, P.E., FSFPE, Senior Fire Protection Specialist, 3M
Paul Rivers is a research Senior Fire Protection Specialist at 3M Company. Located in St Paul Minnesota USA, Paul has over 40 years in the fire protection industry, working in fire insurance, fire protection consulting and fire sprinkler contracting for 15 years and has over the past 26 years worked in 3M laboratories in product development with a focus on fire protection solutions for critical assets.

Alan Sheach, BSc, FIFireE, Principal Consultant, Risktec DMCC, Dubai
Alan Sheach currently works as a Principal Consultant for Risktec in Dubai. Prior to this, Alan was Chief Fire Officer of Petroleum Development in Oman (PDO). He has developed and implemented Emergency Response Plans and Procedures at regional, national and international levels. Alan is a qualified and certificated fire investigator and has also undertaken many fire and emergency incident investigations. He also has extensive Fire Safety experience as a Fire Safety Inspection Officer and Fire Safety Manager at local and national level. Alan has more than 30 years of experience in Emergency Response, Fire Safety and Health and Safety in the Middle East, UK and the United Nations. He has considerable experience of performing Fire and Explosion Risk Management (FERM) studies and Fire Safety Assessments (FSA) for oil and gas production facilities. Alan has a degree in International Studies and a diploma in Environmental Development, Hazardous Materials and Environmental Protection.

Philipe Smith, Project Manager, Jensen Hughes
Mr. Smith is a Project Manager in the Chicago Jensen Hughes office. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, with over 45 years of fire protection project experience in the Petroleum industry on and off shore, Oil and Gas, Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Bio-tech, Food, Power Generation and Military Aviation Industries.

Chen Su, P.E., Senior Consultant, Jensen Hughes
Mr. Su is a Sr. Consultant in the Chicago Jensen Hughes office. He has been involved with many fire protection engineering projects and specialized in fire/egress modeling, performance-based design, industrial fire protection system analysis, fire water system flow testing, and hydraulic modeling. Mr. Su attended U. of Maryland in College Park, Maryland, where he received his Master of Science degree in Fire Protection Engineering. He is currently a technical committee member of NFPA 24 and NFPA 750.

Grzegorz Sypek, MSc, Managing Director, SMAY FZE

Grzegorz Sypek is co-owner and managing director of SMAY FZE, a highly specialized engineering company delivering comprehensive technical support and innovative smoke control solutions intended for super high-rise buildings. Before setting up SMAY FZE, Grzegorz was head of the R&D department at SMAY Poland responsible for numerical analysis and development of various building products applied in smoke control systems, including laboratory and real scale testing and optimization. Prior to joining SMAY Poland Grzegorz worked as an assistant at the Krakow University of Technology and Polish Academy of Sciences. He is a member of European Committee for Standardization working over development of European standards and certified SITP fire protection expert with strong scientific background and 12+ years of hands on experience in numerical modeling of heat and mass transfer and performance based design. Grzegorz holds a M.Sc. with honors in Environmental Engineering from Krakow University of Technology, Poland actually working over his PhD thesis on numerical model of pressurized stairwell in super high-rise building.

Joseph R. Vaughn, P.E., CET, Director – Japan and Pacific Rim Operations, Jensen Hughes
Mr. Vaughn is an Associate Manager, managing projects throughout the Pacific Rim. He has worked with a wide range of design teams, building owners, and contractors for compliance with local and international fire safety codes and standards, and performance based engineering approaches. His experience includes development of fire protection design strategies using both code and performance based approaches as well as other special studies related to specific code compliance issues.

Mr. Vaughn joined the Macau SAR office and has provided project management and technical expertise for numerous projects internationally, including Macau, Japan, Guam, Korea, Azerbaijan, Malaysia, and Indonesia. He is also responsible for US Department of Defense projects in the Pacific Rim region. He has a Master of Science Degree in Fire Protection Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, is a licensed Fire Protection Engineer, and holds Professional Member status with the Society of Fire Protection Engineers.

Peter A. Weismantle, FAIA, RIBA, Director of Supertall Building Technology at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG)
Peter A. Weismantle, Director of Supertall Building Technology at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) in Chicago, is responsible for overseeing the technical development of the firm’s supertall projects from concept to completion. His current projects include the 636 meter tall Greenland Center, in Wuhan, China; 468 meter tall Dongcun Center, in Chengdu, China and the Jeddah Tower (formerly Kingdom Tower), a project in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia that, when completed, will be the first building in the world to be more than 1000 meters in height.

Before joining AS+GG in 2008, Peter was an Associate Partner in the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP and served as senior technical architect on several supertall towers, including Shanghai’s 88-story Jin Mao Tower and the 162-story Burj Khalifa which at 828 meters is currently the world’s tallest building.

He is the current Chairman of the Advisory Group of the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), past-Chairman of the Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings (CCHRB), President of the Board of Directors of the Safety Glazing Certification Council (SGCC), member of the High Rise Building Safety Advisory Committee of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), member of the Architectural Advisory Group for Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and a Fellow of both the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).

Simon Widjaja, B.E./B.Com, Technical Manager – Fire Engineering, Norman Disney & Young
Simon is the Fire Engineering Technical Manager for Norman Disney & Young’s Fire Engineering Team. With over 15 years’ experience in fire engineering, Simon has worked on a wide variety of projects including government, commercial, residential, retail, industrial and health.

Simon has been heavily involved in the modelling of fire/smoke and occupant movement to achieve alternative building solutions as well auditing existing building stock to develop cost effective strategies to upgrade the base level of fire safety.

Simon has recently been involved in numerous reviews involving combustible cladding and facades as a result of an industry review in Australia following a fire involving non-complying cladding products.