Keynote Speakers

Neil Gibbins, QSFM, FIFireE

Chief Executive Officer, The Institution of Fire Engineers

Neil’s 35-year operational fire service career spanned all roles from fire-fighter to Acting Chief Fire Officer. He has over twenty years of senior management experience and practical application of incident command, fire investigation, training and development and fire prevention/protection. Neil was lead officer for fire protection within the UK Chief Fire Officers Association from 2007 to 2013. Prior to that, he chaired the working group that managed the implementation of the Fire Safety Order by English and Welsh fire services. These roles involved a wide range of fire protection challenges, from chairing a national timber frame building group through to designing data capture systems to aid future targeting and evaluation. Neil is a past president of the Institution of Fire Engineers and has been CEO since 2015. Neil has been awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal and is a Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers.

Brian Meacham, PhD, PE, CEng, FIFireE, FSFPE

Associate Professor

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Brian Meacham is an Associate Professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA, where he holds appointments in the Department of Fire Protection Engineering and in the Architectural Engineering program. He is internationally recognized as an authority on risk-informed performance-based approaches to engineering and regulation. In 2016, Brian was awarded a prestigious Fulbright Global Scholar Award to conduct research into the situation with performance-based building regulatory systems, with fire safety engineering, and the potential for shifting to a risk-informed and performance-based approach in the countries of Japan, Spain and Sweden. He also conducted research on these topics in Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands and Scotland during 2016. Brian is a licensed Professional Engineer in the US states of Connecticut and Massachusetts, a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers, and a Fellow of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers.

Workshop Trainer

Gregory Jakubowski, P.E., CSP, FSFPE

Principal and Chief Engineer

Fire Planning Associates, Washington Crossing, PA

Gregory Jakubowski is experienced in leading and improving safety and fire prevention and protection from a municipal, site and corporate perspective, including large capital projects. He is also a seasoned manager of major projects, safety, fire protection and environmental engineering design, employee training, system evaluation, hazards analysis, and preplanning and fire control methodologies.

Session Speakers

Dr. Amer Magrabi

Founter Partner & Managing Director
Lote Consulting

Amer is a Chartered Fire Safety Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia. 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 Managing Director of Lote Consulting, a specialist engineering practice providing fire, risk and security services. As a Lead Fire Safety Engineer for several iconic projects in Asia, Middle East and Australia, he brings proven leadership qualities, teamwork attributes, project delivery and problem solving skills to design teams. His specialist strengths include fire & life safety analyis, process engineering, fire risk management, stakeholder engagement and fire authority approvals.

Dr. Louis Gritzo, PhD

Vice President & Manager of Research
FM Global

Dr. Louis Gritzo is Vice President and Manager of Research with FM Global, one of the world’s largest commerical property insurers. He oversees FM Global’s team of scientists, with expertise in fire, explosions, natural hazards (windstorms, floods and earthquakes) and risk and reliability, who seek to understand property hazards and identify solutions to prevent loss at client facilities. Gritzo also oversees activities at FM Global’s US$125 million, 1,600 acre Research Campus in West Glocester, RI USA, the world’s largest center for property loss prevention research, as well as FM Global’s International Codes and Standards activities working to improve risk in key markets.

Mr. Brian Davey, CMIFireE

Immediate Past International President (2016/17)
The Institution of Fire Engineers

Brian joined the New Zealand Fire Service (NZFS) as a career fire-fighter in 1972. He has served in all operational positions including Chief Fire Officer and Area Commander and until his retirement, was holding the position of National Manager, Operational Standards, ast the NZFS National Headquarters. This position was responsible for operational policy, operational procedures and liaison with a number of Government Departments. since his appointment to the NZFS National HQ, Brian has been a member of the National Safety and Wellbeing Committee, National Training Standards Committee and the Business Excellence Group. He has also been a member of and chaired a number of committees for Standards NZ.

Mr. Neil Gibbins, QFSM, FIFireE

Chief Executive Officer
The Institution of Fire Engineers

Neil’s 25-year operational fire service career spanned all roles from fire-fighter to Acting Chief Fire Officer. He has over 20 years of senior management experience and practical application of incident commandm, fire investigation, training and development and fire prevention/protection. Neil as lead officer for fire protection within the UK Chief Fire Officers Association from 2007 to 2013.

Mr. Chao Kang

Chief Executive Officer & President
Chinese Fire Protection Safety Center Res Foundation

Chao Kang is currently serves as CEO and President of the Chinese Fire Protection Safety Center Res Foundation (CFS). He has previously held appointments as Honorary President of the CFS, Director General of the National Fire Administration, Director of the Taiwan Provincial Fire Administration and Commander of the Taipei City Fire Brigade. His fields of expertise include fire administration, fire safety code and regulation, fire fighting strategies and tactics, disaster prevention, emergency response and rescue, and crisis management.

Mr. Tay Hao-Giang, FIFireE

Principal
Fire Safety Engineering Sdn Bhd

Tay Hao-Giang is a qualified and experienced Fire Engineer. He is a graduate of Heriot-Watt University and obtained his Master of Science degree in Fire Safety Engineering from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. As the principal fire consultant of Fire Safety Engineering Sdn Bhd, he has over 30 years of experience in fire safety engineering and management. His company provides advice, consultancy services and training to corporate clients with a holistic approach to sustainable fire safety management for business continuity. His specialities lie in practical and modern fire safety concepts and strategies in terms of fire risk assessment; fire protection; life safety and mass evacuation design; mitigation of fire hazards and fire risks; as well as emergency response planning and management.

Mr. David Barber

Principal
Arup

David is a Principal with Arup, based in Washington, DC, where he works as a fire protection engineer. David has considerable experience with performance-based fire safety design and its application to the built environment. He has been involved with research and design of timber structures for fire for over 20 years, assisting with fire testing and development into new timber technologies, authoring fire safety design guides for construction and completely fire safety design for mid- and high-rise timber buildings. David has utilised his skills in structural engineering and timber design to assist in the development of practical solutions for buildings where timber is the primary material. With the desire by building owners to have more sustainable building designs, he is providing code advice and fire safety solutions to assist with the use of timber as part of the load-bearing structure, use as a facade material, as an internal lining and in the re-use of existing buildings.

Chief William Stewart (Ret.), FIFireE, CFO, CMM

Director & Past International President
The Institution of Fire Engineers

Mr. Stewart currently serves as a Director and Past International President of the Institution of Fire Engineers and is a Past President of the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association, International Association of Fire Chiefs/National Fire Protection Association. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors in the National Fire Protection Association, as well as a Director of the Canadian Fallen Fire Fighters Foundation. Mr. Stewart has served as an operations fire fighter, Captain, Administration Chief, Assistant Deputy, Deputy Chief and ultimately as the Fire Chief of Canada’s largest municipal fire department.

Mr. Gregory Jakubowski, P.E., CSP, FSFPE

Principal and Chief Engineer,
Fire Planning Associates, Washington Crossing, PA

Gregory Jakubowski is experienced in leading and improving safety and fire prevention and protection from a municipal, site and corporate perspective, including large capital projects. He is also a seasoned manager of major projects, safety, fire protection and environmental engineering design, employee training, system evaluation, hazards analysis, and preplanning and fire control methodologies.