Key Note 1
YAS Dato’ Sri Ts Mohammad Hamdan Bin Hj. Wahid
Director General of Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia
President of IFE (Malaysia)

 Dato Sri Ts Mohammad Hamdan Bin Hj. Wahid was appointed as Director General of Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia in 2018. Graduated with a Master of Science in Emergency Response Planning and Management from Universiti Putra Malaysia and Degree in Mathematics from Universiti Malaya. He has been serving for 30 years in Fire and Rescue Department Malaysia, holding various executive and strategic posts in states and divisions and has a vast experience in training, fire safety, fire fighting and SAR operational commandership and disaster management.

He is also the President of Institution of Fire Engineers (Malaysia) and past President of Institution of Master of Disaster 2 0 1 8 and Emergency Management of Malaysia (IMDEMM) and has contributed significantly in development code of practices and fire safety regulations at national and regional level.

Keynote 2
Commissioner Eric Yap
Commissioner Singapore Civil Defence Force

Eric was appointed by the Government as the Commissioner of the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) in February 2012. In his 28 years of service, Eric helmed several key appointments such as the Senior Director of the Home front Security Division of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA),SCDF’s Director of Operations, Division Commander and Fire Station Commander. Prior to his present appointment, he was the Senior Director of Emergency Services in SCDF between 2010 and 2011. That office oversaw all aspects of emergency services provision (i.e. fire fighting, rescue, HazMat, unconventional threats and EMS) in Singapore.

Throughout his career, Eric led numerous operations involving collapsed structures rescue, major fires, large storage tank fires, and contingency response deployment for high-profile events involving international participants such as the Trump-Kim Singapore Summit in June 2018.  As the national focal point for disaster management, Eric is currently the Chairperson of the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) and a member of the UN INSARAG Steering Committee and the UNDAC Advisory Board.

Session Chairman 1
Dr. Fakhru’l-Razi Ahmadun
Science and Technology Expert and International Advisor on Disaster Management

Dr. Fakhru’l-Razi was a Director and Professor, HADR Research Centre, National Defence University Malaysia. He joined Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in 1981 and retired in April 2016. He was the UPM Dean of Engineering from 2011 till 2014. Before that he was the Deputy Director of the Inst of Advanced Tech (UPM). He was invited to be the Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Chair Professor at King Saud University, Riyadh, from 2009 to 2010. He was the Deputy Director of the Research Management Centre (UPM) from 2005 to 2009 & the Head of Dept (Chemical & Environmental Engineering, UPM) from 1 July 1998 till 31 Jan 2004. He graduated with BSc (Hons) Chem Eng (1979) & MSc Env Poll Control (1980) & PhD in Civil (Env) Engineering.

He is Science & Technology Expert for Critical Infrastructure and Disaster Risks Reduction, member of Disaster Risk Reduction Advisory Board (IEM) and International Advisor for Silk Way International University, Kazakhstan. he has also been involved in many programs involving local and international disaster management

Session Chairman 2
Tan Sri Dr. Jemliah Mahmmod
Executive Director of the Sunway Centre for Planetary Health

Tan Sri Jemilah binti Mahmood is a Malaysian physician. She has served as Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia Muhyiddin Yassin on Public Health since March 2020 and Under Secretary General for Partnerships in the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) since January 2016. Before joining the IFRC, she served as Chief of the Secretariat of the World Humanitarian Summit at the United Nations in New York and Chief of the Humanitarian Response Branch at UNFPA in 2011, President of the Malaysian Medical Relief Society (Mercy Malaysia) from its foundation in June 1999 to a decade later in 2009. Mercy Malaysia is a medical charity she founded in June 1999, inspired by the Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders). In 2008, she was one of the 16 members appointed by Ban Ki-moon, the former Secretary-General of the United Nations to Advisory Group of the Central Emergency Response Fund.

Session Chairman 3
Sr. Ts. Dr. Farid Wajdi bin Akashah
Senior Lecturer Department of Building Surveying
Faculty of Built Environment
University Malaya

 He actively contributes to the development of standards related to fire safety for the past 10 years being one of the committee members for the Technical Committee on Passive Fire Protection System and the National Standards Committee of Fire Safety (NSC M). His areas of interests in the field of Fire Safety Engineering are Quantitative Fire Risk Assessment and Human Behaviour in Fire. He holds a Ph.D in Fire Safety Engineering from the Institute for Fire Safety Engineering Research and Technology (FireSERT), Ulster University. He is a member of Royal Institution of Surveyors Malaysia (RISM), Malaysia Board of Technologists (MBOT) and International Association of Fire Safety Science (IAFSS).

Paper One : Building Resilience in The Future
Mr. Steve Hamm FIFireE C.Eng
Former Assistant Commissioner
London Fire Brigade & CEO of Institution of Fire Engineers 

In his role as CEO of the IFE, Steve is committed to ensuring the organisation continues to evolve to meet the future needs of its members. From leading change from within to nurturing collaboration across the global fire industry, his focus is on driving the IFE’s mission to advance and improve the knowledge, practice and recognition of all fire professionals, to enable an increasingly fire safe world.

Steve has been an active member of the IFE throughout his career serving as a past Chair of the IFE board of directors, a former International President as well as being involved in many IFE professional standards committees. He has served on the committee of the London branch for many years.

Steve brings more than 25 years’ experience in the Fire and Rescue Service, serving in operations, fire safety and training in both county and metropolitan areas. His last appointment was as Assistant Commissioner with the London Fire Brigade. Steve then became Head of London resilience and led the coordination of the London Resilience Partnership.

Steve is a qualified Chartered Engineer. He holds a BEng (Hons) from the University of Central Lancashire and an MSc from the University of London, together with a post-graduate qualification in strategic leadership from the University of Warwick.He completed six years in the Royal Air Force at the start of his career.

Paper Two : Robotics and Artificial Intelligence For Firefighting Operations
LTC Tay Zhi Wei
Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) & Honorary Treasurer of National Fire and Civil Emergency Preparedness Council (NFEC) Singapore

LTC Tay Zhi Wei has served in SCDF for 12 years. As Senior Assistant Director (Plans and Policy) in SCDF’s Operations Department, LTC Tay is involved in the review and development of contingency plans and setting operational policies to guide SCDF frontline units.This includes the development and adoption of two-tier ground firefighting robotics Concept of Operations, as part of the wider Unmanned Ground Vehicle roadmap in SCDF. LTC Tay is also an advocate of the effective use of data, analytics and AI to guide decision making. One such application is the use of predictive analytics and simulation tools to determine the ideal locations of dispatch bases.Prior to this appointment, LTC Tay had also helmed key appointments such as Head Operations of a Division, Commander Fire Station and Assistant Director at Ministry of Home Affairs.

Paper Three : “Japan’s Experience for Disaster Resilient Society (DRS) for all”.
Dr. Shohei Matsuura
Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Center (DPPC)
Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology, UTM

Dr. Shohei Matsuura is a Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Advisor of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) seconded to the disaster program at the Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT) of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Kuala Lumpur. He has experiences as practitioner in formulating and implementing DRR programs in Japan and Asia-Pacific Region as well as several countries in Africa. As a researcher and educator, he led in coordinating the East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Recovery research group at Kyoto University, Japan and currently involved in teaching and curriculum development for the Masters of Disaster Risk Management program at MJIIT-UTM.

Dr. Matsuura is a graduate of International Christian University, Japan (BA Liberal Arts), School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK (MA Water Resource Management) and Kyoto University, Japan (PhD Global Environmental Studies).

Paper Four : Lesson to Be Learned in Relation to The New South Wales Bushfires
Commissioner Rob Rogers
Commissioner of NSW Rural Fire Services, Australia

Commissioner Rob Rogers first became involved with the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) in 1979 as a volunteer member of the Belrose Rural Fire Brigade, before being appointed Deputy Fire Control Officer for the Greater Taree District in 1995.

Mr Rogers has held various executive roles in the NSW RFS since 2001, including responsibility for Regional Management, Community Safety and Operations. In 2011 he was appointed Deputy Commissioner.

He represents the NSW RFS on national and state bodies including: Chair of the Australian Fire Danger Ratings Board; Chair of the State Bush Fire Arson Taskforce; Chair of the Aviation Industry Reference Group and Aviation Advisory Committee; Co-chair of the Incident Management Road Safety Working Group; and Co-chair of the Joint Operations Taskforce.

During the most recent devastating fire season, Commissioner Rogers, oversaw the statewide response to more than 11,400 bush and grass fires that burnt more than 5.5 million hectares, destroyed 2,448 homes and tragically took 25 lives.

Commissioner Rogers was awarded the National Medal in 1995 and the Australian Fire Service Medal in 2004.

Commissioner Rogers was formally appointed to the role of Commissioner in July 2020.

Paper Five : Fire Safety Engineering Approach Towards Chemical and Electrical Hazards
Hao-giang Tay CFIFireE
Trustee and Board Director Institution of Fire Engineers
Vice President Institution of Fire Engineers (Malaysia)

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

Fire Engineer Hao-giang Tay is the Past International President and is a current Trustee and a member of the Board of Directors of The Institution of Fire Engineers. He is the current Vice President of The Institution of Fire Engineers Malaysia Branch. He is highly active in LinkedIn Professional network sharing fire safety engineering knowledge and experience with all fire professionals in the world.  International President honored him on behalf of IFE Board the highest “Companion” membership during 2019 AGM for his relentless contribution toward the Institution and fire engineering during his carrier which carries the post nominal of CFIFireE. He is a permanent technical committee member of Malaysia’s Department of Standards Malaysia National Standard Committee for Fire Safety and Prevention (NSC-M), which oversees all the Technical Committees (TC) that develop Malaysian Standards for the Fire Safety and Prevention. He is the chairman of Technical Committee for Fire Properties of Building Materials, responsible for developing series of Malaysian Standards for Laboratory Testing Methodology for all passive fire protection systems, Material and System Specification as well as Code of Practice for installation of passive fire protection systems. His involvement in Malaysian Standards development over 2 decades covers building fire safety design; clean agent fire protection systems; smoke control and fire extinguishers.

His is one of the authors for the technical reference book “Guide to Fire Protection in Malaysia” which is an explanatory guide to Malaysian Uniform Building By-laws and fire safety engineering. Guide to Fire Protection in Malaysia is now a guide for fire officers, professional engineers and architects, developers, contractors, building owners, students, etc. He was a visiting lecturer for Master of Science degree courses in Building Services Engineering at IIUM (International Islamic University Malaysia). Over the years, he has been invited to give fire safety lectures to undergraduate and postgraduate degree students of Built-environment Faculty of many Universities in Malaysia. He has provided many fire safety consultancy services to Corporate clients during his tenure in terms of fire safety advice, fire safety consultancy, fire risks assessment and management, fire safety design concept, building code and standards compliance, performance-based approach, etc.

Paper Six : Managing Hazardous Materials Disaster in Malaysia
Mr. Murugiah A/L Muthusamy
Assistant Fire Commissioner
Fire and Rescue Department, Malaysia

Safety oriented and rescue-focused fire fighter, having more than 32 years of experience in matters pertaining to public safety. Possesses vast knowledge in fire administration and an established expert in hazardous materials and CBRNE responses at both national and international levels.

He is also a national inspector for chemical weapons under National Authority for Chemical Weapons Convention. A certified trainer and subject matter expert for agencies such as Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) under United Nation, DTRA USA, Southeast Asia Regional Centre for Counter Terrorism (SEARCCT), Malaysia and Science Technology Research Institute for Defence (STRIDE), Royal Malaysia Police and NACWC.

He sits in the technical committee for Department of Standard Malaysian on hazardous materials since 2012 and for Malaysia’s Productivity Corporation on Chemical Safety Nexus.

He has vast operational experiences in managing disasters in Malaysia such as Bright Sparklers explosion in 1991, Highland Towers collapse in 1992, vessel fires in 2008 and 2021, VX agents at KLIA in 2017 and the chemical schedule waste disaster at Sungai Kim-Kim, Johor in March 2019 to name a few.

Paper Seven : Fire Incident Review on Fire fighters Safety on Lithium-Ion Battery Fires
Mr. Sean Decrane
Lead Regulatory Engineer of UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute, USA

Sean DeCrane retired as a 25+ year veteran of the Cleveland Division of Fire. He served in various roles including the Director of Training and Chief of Operations retiring as a Battalion Chief. Sean is currently the Manager of Industry Relations for the Underwriters Laboratories Building Life Safety, Security and Technologies Division. He is responsible for engaging with various industry organizations with a focus on the international fire service including Asia, Australia, Europe and the United Kingdom.

Sean has been involved in the research at Underwriters Laboratories and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He served on the UL Fire Council and is a member of the UL Fire Fighter Safety Research Institute’s Advisory Board. In 2021, Sean was named to the UL William Henry Merrill Society as a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff.

Chief DeCrane also represented the International Association of Fire Fighters in the International Code Council process and has served on the 2009, 2012, 2105 and 2018 Fire Code Developing Committee and as Chair for 2015 and 2018. Sean served on the NFPA 1 Technical Advisory Panel, NFPA Research Foundation on Tall Wood Buildings and is serving as the Chair of the Fire Test Work Group for the ICC Tall Wood Building Ad Hoc Committee.

Paper Eight : Fire Safety in Green Buildings & Green Fire Systems
Ir. Chen Thiam Leong
Past President of ACEM

 Chen is a Past President of the Association of Consulting Engineers Malaysia ACEM, Institution of Fire Engineers Malaysia IFEM,  ASHRAE Malaysia Chapter and Kiwanis Down Syndrome Foundation. He is also Advisor to the Malaysian Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration Association MACRA and the BAS Association of Malaysia BASAM. He is a founding member of Malaysia’s Green Building Index.

Chen has over 40 years experience in the Building Services Industry, and his innovative designs have won ASEAN Energy Awards, Emerson Cup and ASHRAE Technology Award.

He serves in numerous Malaysian Standard drafting committees on Fire Safety, Energy, HVAC and Flammable Refrigerants. He was instrumental in drafting the national Energy Efficiency Bylaw and served in various National Steering Committees, including as a national expert for the HCFC Phase-out Master Plan and the National HFC Phase-down Plan.

Chen is also active in the Board of Engineers Malaysia, serving the Disciplinary Committee and Professional Competency Examinations Committee. He was involved in developing the national Certificate of Completion & Compliance and the Fire Certificate.

As Malaysia’s 1st ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer, Chen has lectured globally on the topics of Sustainability and Energy Efficiency.

In recognition of his contribution to the engineering fraternity, he was honoured with the ACEM Gold Medal Award in 2010.

Paper Nine : Fire Safety Standards and Conformance
Mr. Hussalmizzar Hussain
Senior Director of the Standardisation Division
Department of Standards Malaysia

Mr. Hussalmizzar Hussain is an engineer by profession.  He possesses a Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Technology Malaysia (UTM) in 1997. He is currently the Senior Director of Standardisation Division, Department of Standards Malaysia (Standards Malaysia).  As the Senior Director of Standardisation, Mr. Hussalmizzar Hussain is next in line to the Director General of Standards Malaysia and is in charge of managing Standards Malaysia as the National Standards Body. Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Hussalmizzar was the Director of Accreditation and was responsible to manage accreditation of conformity assessment bodies in Malaysia. Mr. Hussalmizzar had assumed top management posts since 2014 when he was first promoted as the Director of Strategic Planning back then.  He was responsible in providing high-level coordination and technical expertise for development and implementation of strategic policies.  This includes policies on standardisation and accreditation; trade facilitation; external relations and cooperation; and information and communications. Having held several directorial positions in Standards Malaysia, Mr. Hussalmizzar is instrumental in many key initiatives which include :

  • Driving the membership of Malaysia in the Standards and Metrology Institute of Islamic Country (SMIIC) in 2014
  • Co-Chairing the Sub-Committee on Standards, Technical Regulations and Conformity Assessment Procedures of the ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement since 2015
  • Negotiating the bilateral MRA between the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on recognition of accredited testing laboratories

Based on his vast experience in the area of standardization and accreditation, Mr. Hussalmizzar was appointed as a Research Fellow at the University of Malaya Halal Research Centre (UMHRC) since July 2019. Earlier on, Mr. Hussalmizzar was appointed as the Science Attaché at the Permanent Delegation of Malaysia to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris from 2011-2014. His main tasks included the coordination of Malaysia’s participation in UNESCO’s scientific related programmes and activities.