SPEAKERS
Christopher Wieczorek

Christopher Wieczorek is Vice President and Manager of International Codes and Standards within the Research Division at FM Global. He joined FM Global after obtaining his Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and his Master’s degree from the Center of Fire Protection Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Chris is a member of the NFPA and SFPE, and has served as treasurer of the International Association of Fire Safety Science.

Jorge Jimeno

Jorge Jimeno is the Head of Service for construction products, personal protective equipment and fire protection at the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism. He previously worked for ENRESA in quality assurance at the José Cabrera nuclear power station. A member of the Corps of State Industrial Engineers, Jorge has a degree in industrial engineering from the University of Zaragoza and an MBA from the EOI Business School in Madrid.

Russ Fleming

Russ Fleming is the Managing Director of the International Fire Suppression Alliance. He has over 30 years of service on the NFPA 13 Sprinkler Committee, is a former member of the NFPA board of Directors, and past chairman of the NFPA Standards Council. Russ is a Fellow and past president of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. He has written hundreds of articles and chapters in NFPA and SFPE Handbooks.

Alan Brinson

Alan Brinson is the Executive Director of the European Fire Sprinkler Network. On graduating from Cambridge University he joined Shell as a research process engineer, moving to Proctor & Gamble before joining Tyco. In 2003 Alan left Tyco and set up the EFSN. He is a member of fire safety standards and regulatory committees for BSI, CEN and NFPA and is a chartered chemical engineer.

Julian Parsons

Julian Parsons joined Wiltshire Fire Brigade after a career in the Royal Air Force. After also serving in Oxfordshire and again in Wiltshire, he became Head of Service Development at Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service. Julian is on the Executive Committee of the National Fire Sprinkler Network. He advises the National Fire Chiefs Council on sprinkler policy. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers and Institute of Leadership and Management.

Ronald Oldengarm

Ronald Oldengarm is a senior fire safety consultant at DGMR and has worked on many high-profile projects. He is a member of the Dutch committee of fire safety stakeholders and the expert panel on fire suppression systems. Ronald helped draft Dutch standards for large compartment fire safety and regulatory guidance on structural steel protection with sprinklers.

Bodo Muller

Bodo Muller is CEO of Job GmbH and Chairman of the International Fire Sprinkler Association.

José de Antonio

José de Antonio spent 14 years designing and project managing the installation of fire protection systems for power plants, refineries and car factories, working for Servisegur, Tesis and Proteinsa. He joined Viking and for 20 years provided technical support for the business in Spain, Portugal and France, covering sprinkler, water spray and foam systems. He recently joined Engineered Fire Piping as its Technical Manager, providing support to clients, consultants, authorities and end users.

Johan Hoogeweg

Johan Hoogeweg has a degree in structural engineering and began his career as a fire safety officer in the Dutch fire brigade. Since 2006 he has been an independent fire safety consultant, developing strategies for complex buildings. He specialises in fire safety systems and has published papers on third-party certification and the use of sprinklers to reduce structural fire protection demands.

Keith MacGillivray

Keith MacGillivray is the Chief Executive of BAFSA. He is a former Assistant Fire Chief and Chief Advisor on Fire Services to the Scottish Government. Keith has successfully campaigned for sprinklers in Scottish care homes, schools and housing. Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy he gave many TV and radio interviews. Keith is a member of the Scottish review of Building Standards.

Jon Michelena

Jon Michelena is the CEO of the Association of Investigation for the Safety of Lives and Goods (CEPREVEN), which he joined 31 years ago after being a professor of fire engineering at Alfonso X University. Jon is a member of committees at Insurance Europe, CFPA and Tecnifuego, and writes regularly for fire and insurance journals.