Expert Directory

The Safety Design in Buildings Expert Directory lists experts which contributed to at least one SDiB conference. An expert, or several experts can be invited for project consultation or review in their respective discipline. To request an appointment or presentation, please contact the campaign management (Contact Us), or directly approach experts at the next upcoming conference.


Safety Consulting

Fire Protection Consulting

Shamim Rashid-Sumar

Director Business Development | Jensen Hughes

Area Of Expertise:
  • Fire Life Safety Strategy Development
  • Code Consulting
  • Fire Dynamics and Timed Egress Analysis
  • Fire Alarm and Detection Systems
  • Liaison with Civil Defense authorities in the Middle East
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James A. Bychowski

Senior Vice President – Business Development | Jensen Hughes

  • Life Safety
  • Fire Suppression Systems
  • Risk Engineering
  • Fire Detection and Alarm Systems
  • Fire Investigation
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Aaron F. Vanney

VP, UAE Operations | Jensen Hughes

Aaron F. Vanney, P.E., LEED® AP is an Operations Manager for JENSEN HUGHES located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Mr. Vanney specializes in international projects including mixed use high-rise buildings, casinos, and convention centers. He has focused his project work in code consulting, developing building fire and life safety strategies and performance-based design.
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Rob Davies

Technical Director - Fire & Life Safety | WSP Group

Area Of Expertise:
  • Fire Engineering Solutions
  • Fire Safety Strategies
  • Liaison with Local Authorities in the Middle East
  • Fire Risk Assessments
  • Fire Safety Management
  • Fire Resistance Testing
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Adam Olomon

Project Manager | Jensen Hughes

  • Fire Suppression Systems
  • Fire Pumps
  • Fire Protection Water Supply
  • Oil and Gas
  • Industrial Fire Protection
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John Noone

Associate, Arup Gulf

John is an Associate at Arup and a Chartered Engineer with Engineers Ireland. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Fire Engineering and is currently based in Arup's Dubai Office. John has gained a wide range of experience in fire engineering in Ireland, UK, Continental Europe, Russia, Africa and Middle East.
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Dr. Susan Lamont

Associate Director - Arup Gulf Ltd.

Dr. Lamont has worked in the fire protection industry for 13 years in the UK, US and Middle East. She is a chartered engineer and professional member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE). Her Doctorate research looked at the response of steel frame structures in real fires.
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Stuart Kerr

General Manager, Exova Warringtonfire

Stuart has gained an in-depth knowledge of fire safety and fire engineering within large, complex and often unique developments both as a Regulator with Manchester City Council and with Warringtonfire consulting as a representative of clients/ developers. This "both sides of the fence" experience has proven invaluable in understanding the Approvals Process and negotiating solutions
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Faimeen Shah

Managing Director | Chartered Professional Engineer (Fire Safety) - VORTEX FIRE Engineer Consultants

Faimeen has been actively involved in providing fire engineering consultancy services for over 15 years internationally and has been based in the Middle East for the last 7 years. His work ranges from conceptual design to complex fire engineering analysis and project execution.
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Brian Fagan

Senior Fire Safety Engineer, Exova Worringtonfire Consulting

Brian has a BSc (Hons), degree in Building Services Engineering from the Dublin Institute of Technology and a Masters in Fire Safety Engineering from the University of Ulster, in Northern Ireland. Having worked in London, Sydney, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, his knowledge is broad within the fields of fire engineering, risk assessment and project management.
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Sajid Raza

Advisor & VP Butler Engineering

BS Mechanical Engineering and MBA with over 20 years of rich experience, Sajid has a sound track record in the field of Fire Protection and Life Safety. Under his leadership, Butler Fire Consulting provides a wide range of services including but not limited to fire engineering, code consulting, loss control, construction management, special inspections, training & education and inspection & quality management.
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Fire & Facade Testing

Andy Dean

BSc (Hons), MCIOB, FSFE, Head of Facades – WSP Middle East

Area Of Expertise:
  • Design of fire proofing
  • Product certification consultation
  • Review and inspection of passive fire protection installations
  • Material technologies

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Robert Azimi

Group Manager - Asia & South America, FM Approvals

Mr. Azimi is currently responsible for FM Approvals' operations in Asia, which spans from Middle East to Australia and South America. Having been managing the region for the past 7 years and residing in multiple countries in Asia, Mr. Azimi brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience about the region. He is currently stationed in FM Approvals' headquarter in Norwood, Massachusetts, USA.
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Fire Risk Consulting

Hermann Frankfurth

Regional Risk Consulting Manager - AXA Matrix, AXA Insurance (Gulf)

Hermann Frankfurth started his career more than 30 years ago in the fire brigade and qualified himself in fire engineering technology; risk and business management. He worked in industry and the last 18 years work in risk consultancy for insurance purposes. He currently is the Regional Risk Consulting Manager for AXA Matrix/AXA Gulf Insurance located in Dubai and originally from South Africa.
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Architecture & Design

Fayiq Khayyat

Fayiq Khayyat Partnership Engineering Consultants, CEO

Fayiq Khayyat is an architecture graduate from the King Saud University in Riyadh. Fayiq is the Vice Chairman of the Commission on Security & Safety for the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Currently Fayiq serves as the CEO of Fayiq Khayyat Partnership Engineering Consultants and is also a co-founder of three other companies.
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Andy Dean

BSc (Hons), MCIOB, FSFE, Head of Facades – WSP Middle East

Andy has over 25 years of experience in the field of Building and Construction, ranging from structural testing within the nuclear industry to fire testing. Having established the Dubai Cladding Technology Centre and Laboratory, and operated it for 10 years, he has particular knowledge of heavy structures testing and weathertightness testing of cladding, curtain walling and building envelope systems.
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Construction Law

Paula Boast

Partner, Trowers & Hamlins

Paula Boast is a Partner with Trowers & Hamlins, leading the projects and construction team in Bahrain where she has been working for 8 years. She has broad experience across the Middle East region, also working in Oman and Qatar. Her experience crosses both contentious and non-contentious aspects of projects, construction and engineering law.
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Safety System Supply & integration

Doors & Openings

Altaf A. Afridi

Regional Marketing Director – MENA, DORMA Gulf Door Controls FZE

Altaf Afridi, Regional Marketing Director (MENA) and head of the Project Management Team, based in United Arab Emirates, a Civil Engineer having 10 years of extensive experience in Architectural hardware and openings industry of his total 17 years of experience. Specialist of fire rated doors, first certified FDAI (Fire Door Assembly Inspector) outside US, certified Project Management Professional (PMP), LEED AP and Life Safety code (NFPA 101) specialist.
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Allan Comello

Executive Director, Trinity

Allan Comello brings with him over 25 years of experience in the field of fire fighting and manufacturing of fire resistant products. Prior to joining Trinity as Executive Director, he has held leadership positions in renowned firefighting companies in Australia. Allan has sound knowledge and experience in areas ranging from manufacturing, installation and maintenance of fire resistant doors to
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Passive Fire Protection – Fire Glazing

Kiomars Dabbagh

Sales Director

Kiomars has been engaged in the construction industry, with specialization in the glass and glazing trade, since the early 90's. His experience stretches from Germany to Canada and, since 2006, to the Middle East. He has been a strong proponent of the use of products meeting local building codes and safety requirements, particularly in the vital area of fire resistance.
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David Rogers

Chairman of Technical Committee GGF MENA Region

David has over 30 years experience in the glass processing industry in production and processing techniques, implementation of in process testing and quality procedures, live barcode tracking systems and on site investigations for the glass industry.
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David Mills

MSc, MCIOB, Head of Forster Profiles Middle East

David has over 21 years global construction & façade industry experience, working on projects throughout Europe, the Middle East and South Asia. Throughout most of his career, David has been involved in the design and technical development of safety and security facades and fenestration, with a focus on anti-ligature, acoustic, fire, smoke, ballistic, blast and manual attack resistant glazing systems.
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Amir Toma

Engineering & Training Specialist – Firestop, Hilti

BSC of Mechanical Engineering & was Certified in active Fire protection on 2005 (Faculty of Engineering – Helwan University – Cairo – Egypt). Has 5 years' experience in Hilti, specifically in Passive Fire Protection concepts and designs · Attended several Firestop Technical trainings in HILTI USA, Germany & UK.
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Intumescent Passive Fire Protection

Alex Tsiolas

Fire Engineering Manager – AkzoNobel

Area Of Expertise:
  • Design of fire proofing
  • Product certification consultation
  • Review and inspection of passive fire protection installations
  • Material technologies

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Safety Authorities & Associations

Abu Dhabi Department of Municipal Affairs

Fatma Mostafa Amer

Consultant Building Codes and Construction – MAGS, Department of Municipal Affairs, Emirate of Abu Dhabi

Ms Amer is currently working as a consultant to Abu Dhabi Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA) to help develop the Abu Dhabi Building Code based on the International Building Codes. Since 2009, DMA has been pursuing this strategic initiative to review the current state of regulations governing the construction of buildings and introduce a more comprehensive and updated construction codes. With this initiative, DMA seeks to balance the interests of stakeholders throughout the Emirate in pursuit of advancing Safety, Savings, and Sustainability.
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Abu Dhabi Quality & Conformity Council

Dr. Ruprecht Schattner

Advisor -Office of Secretary-General – Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity

Ruprecht has almost twenty years experience within the position of CEO for technology oriented companies in Certification, Testing and Inspection dealing with a wide range of state of the art technologies. He has also been a certification partner with market leaders in the various manufacturing industries and governments up to Ministerial Level in Germany, UK, Greece, Philippines, Thailand, China, Taiwan,
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Abdulla Al Muaini

Director of Consumer Safety Services – Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity

Abdulla Hassan Al Muaini is the Director of Consumer Safety Services at the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (QCC). In his current role, Al Muaini defines and approves the assessment criteria for Product Certification Services (Trustmark Services) to ensure a higher level of product compliance with the UAE technical regulations and trustmark requirements.Abdulla Hassan Al Muaini is the Director of Consumer Safety Services at the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (QCC). In his current role, Al Muaini defines and approves the assessment criteria for Product Certification Services (Trustmark Services) to ensure a higher level of product compliance with the UAE technical regulations and trustmark requirements.
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Dubai Civil Defense

Terry Johnson

Senior Fire Service Advisor

Senior Fire, Rescue & Emergency Services Professional, disciplined for All Operational requirements, including Major Emergency, Incident Planning and targeting an Organizations strategic impression for Fire Safety & Emergency Procedures, including multi-agency interfacing.
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Matt Bright

Fire Investigator and Risk Analyst

Before joining the Operations Department of Dubai Civil Defence as a fire investigator and risk analyst, Matt was seconded to the UK Fire Service College as International Development Programme Manager and also as a Specialist Tutor in Ventilation and Fire Behaviour.
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Saudi Council of Engineers

Dr. Ghazi bin Saeed Al Abasi

Saudi Council of Engineers, Secretary General

Society of Façade Engineering

Society of Façade Engineering


The society acts as an axis for those involved in the façade industry to determine the credentials of members and as a surety for those seeking to employ them. Membership is open to all individuals who have an involvement in façade engineering.
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