Invited Speakers

Prof. Hans Pasman
Research Professor Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center, Texas A&M University, TX, USA &
Former Professor of Chemical Risk Management, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

Prof. Hans Pasman is currently a Research Professor at Texas A&M University, where he had received the prestigious Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center Merit Award in the year 2007. He was previously a Member of Ministerial Advisory Council on Hazardous Materials, The Hague, The Netherlands. He is well known for his contribution in the field of thermal stability, gas and dust explosions, shock and blast, insensitive explosives, projectile and rocket propulsion, ordnance, weapon-target interaction, process safety, risk assessment methods, accident investigation. Prof. Pasman was been previously affiliated with the Royal Institute of Engineers, KIvI, The Hague, The Netherlands as well as the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society, KNCV, The Hague, the Netherlands, including Netherlands Process Engineers, NPT. Presently, he is also a member of the Editorial Board Chinese Journal of Safety and Environment.


Prof. M. Sam Mannan
Regents Professor and Director
T. Michael O Connor Chair, Mary Kay O Connor Process Safety Center
Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering
Texas A&M University, USA

Prof. Sam Mannan is Regents Professor and Director of the Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center at Texas A&M University. Prof. Mannan is a registered professional engineer in the states of Texas and Louisiana and a Certified Safety Professional. Prof. Mannan has published 160 peer-reviewed journal publications, several books and book chapters on inherently safer processes and delivered about 175 technical meeting presentations as invited and Keynote speaker. Prof. Mannan is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions from AIChE, TAMU, IChemE including the recent Bush Excellence Award for Faculty in Public Service.


Prof. En Sup Yoon
Emeritus Professor
School of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea

Prof. En Sup Yoon is very active professor in Seoul National University at Chemical Engineering Department after his PhD from MIT in 1982. The main area of his research is Chemical Process Safety minimizing the human risk and the sustainability in Chemical industry. He was Adviser in Korean Society of Hazard Mitigation, Chair for World Conference of Safety of Oil and Gas Industry, President in Korean Association of Professional Safety Engineers. Prof. Yoon is currently coordinating the educational program on Safety & Disaster prevention at the national research center for the global engineering & development in Seoul National University which is the hosting organization in Korea as the Chief organizer & professor.

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Sri. R.A. Venkitachalam
Vice President – Public Safety ,
Underwriters Laboratories

Sri R.A.Venkitachalam is currently the Vice President (Public Safety) of Underwriters Laboratories and works proactively in advancing the cause of public safety across large parts of the developing world. Being passionate about catering the urgent need for enhanced measures to ensure Public Safety in the backdrop of accelerating economic growth and globalized markets, he spearheaded the establishment of safety councils in India - the first one for UL outside of North America, to facilitate constructive dialogue between multiple stake holders in tackling Public Safety challenges. As a managing director of UL before the current role, Venki led the growth of UL in the region for over 10 years, covering South East Asia, India, Middle East and Africa in terms of investments and expansion of UL’s geographic footprint including technical, laboratory and service range and capabilities. Venki has been a speaker at several forums in India and abroad covering issues pertaining to Public Safety, Industry-specific issues as well as General Management & is actively associated with the CSR initiatives of UL, focusing on creating Safety Awareness among the public through public programs aimed at school children too. He is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, holding a Bachelor of Technology degree in Chemical Engineering and a Masters in Industrial Management.


Prof. Maria Papadaki
Professor of Environmental Chemistry and Environmental Processes
University of Patras, Greece

Dr. Papadaki is a Professor of Environmental Chemistry and Environmental Processes and Deputy Head of the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources Management, University of Patras, Greece. She has over 20 year experience in the fields of thermo-physical properties of fluids, reactive chemicals and process safety research. She is a Research Associate of the Mary Kay O; Connor Process Safety Center, Texas A&M University. She also worked as Associate Professor and Assistant professor in Chemical Engineering at the University of Leeds, UK; Investigadora Superior, Institut Quimic de Sarria, Barcelona, Spain and Research Associate in Chemical Engineering in Imperial College, London. Her current research interests lie in the fields of process safety, reactive chemicals and reaction engineering, catalysis and wastewater treatment via AOPs and phytoremedation. She has over 150 publications in international journals and conference proceedings.


Prof. Venkatesh Kodur
Professor & Director, SAFE-D Center
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Michigan State University, USA

Dr. Kodur, Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering, is a Professor and Director of the Centre on Structural Fire Engineering and Diagnostics at Michigan State University. His research interests include: Evaluation of fire resistance of structural systems through large scale fire experiments and numerical modeling and Characterization of materials under high temperature. Prof. Kodur is a professional engineer, Fellow of American Society of Civil Engineers, Fellow of American Concrete Institute. He is a Foreign Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering, Chairman of ACI Fire Protection Committee, Chairman of ASCE-29 (Fire) Standards Committee and a member of UK-EPSRC College of Reviewers.


Prof. Ali S. Rangwala
Associate Professor
Fire Protection Engineering
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA

Dr. Ali S. Rangwala is Associate Professor of Fire Protection Engineering of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), USA. His research addresses combustion, industrial fire protection, and explosion protection. Prof. Rangwala’s research team developing measurement and sensing devices designed to identify the presence, velocity, and flow direction of smoke. Also he is developing benchmark tests to better understand the physics of ignition and deflagration in dust-air premixed combustion. This research will enable scientists to study combustibility in ways that enable fire safety professionals to predict fire and explosion hazards.


Dr. Anthony Abu
NZFS Commission Lecturer in Structural Fire Engineering
University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Dr. Anthony Abu is the New Zealand Fire Service Commission Lecturer in Fire Engineering at the University of Canterbury. His PhD is in Structural Fire Engineering from the University of Sheffield, UK, on the behaviour of composite floor slabs in fire conditions. During his time at the University of Sheffield he was involved in a number of consultancy projects and the implementation of the structural fire engineering Eurocodes in the UK. He also worked with Buro Happold Engineers Ltd. on a number of structural and structural fire engineering projects that include a number of sports stadia, office complexes and airports. His areas of research include design of structures in fire conditions, fire severity of buildings, collapse mechanisms of slabs in fire conditions and design of fire exposed buildings post-earthquake. Many of his papers have been presented in national and international conferences, including PSSC 2013, 13th International Fire Science and Engineering Conference, 8th International Conference on Structures in Fire and many more.


Prof. Kyoshik Park
Associate Professor
Myongji University, South Korea
Secretariat of Korea WCOGI

Prof. Kyoshik Park has a wide range of experience covering chemical engineering topics such as process safety and risk assessment, R&D policy, and safety regulation in the chemical process and gas industry. Dr. Park had been serving for 18 years with two semi-governmental agencies in Korea and is teaching at Myongji University in Korea with teaching experience at Middle East Technical University (METU) in Turkey and Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center at Texas A&M University in USA. With the wide range of experience, he set up PSM regulations in Korea with his colleagues in 1995, reviewed more than 100 safety reports and conducted safety audits on sites. He set up Korea Offsite Risk Assessment regulation, very similar to the Land Use Planning in Europe, in 2015 based on his experience at PSM as well as both industrial and academic fields. He has a membership at several advisory committees of Korea government like Ministry of Public Security and Safety, governmental agencies including Korea Gas Safety Corp., and enterprises including Samsung.


Mrs. Sutapa Bhattacharya
Director, National Safety Council, India
Navi Mumbai, India

Mrs. S. Bhattacharya is the Director of National Safety Council and instrumental in expanding the horizons of National Safety Council of India. She has introduced new Safety Rating System, various types of audits, risk assessments, training programmes on PSM, risk assessment etc. She has more than 30 years of experience in senior positions in Atomic Energy Departments - in Heavy Water Board and Atomic Energy Regulatory Board. She has enforced sound safety system in Atomic Energy units namely in Uranium Mines/Mills, Accelerators, Nuclear Power Plants as Inspector under Atomic Energy (Factories) Rules 1996. Mrs. Bhattacharya has drafted and actively involved in the preparation of BIS 15656 Code of Practice on Hazard Identification & Risk Assessment, the MOEF document on Risk Assessment Standard & Guidance Manual and revision of BIS 14489 on Safety Audit. She was lead auditor for HAZOP in China and actively involved in UNEP programme in Shri Lanka.


Prof. Rajagopalan Srinivasan
Professor in Chemical Engineering and Institute Chair
Coordinator, Safety Centre
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Gandhinagar, India

Prof. Srinivasan is a Professor in Chemical Engineering at IIT Gandhinagar and Coordinator of Safety Centre. Currently, he is Visiting Professor at IIT Madras. He was Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the National University of Singapore before moving to IIT Gandhinagar. He serves as the President of the AIChE Singapore section and an Editor of the IChem E journal - Process Safety & Environmental Protection. Inherent safety and inherently safer design is one of his major research areas. He has authored or co-authored over 320 international peer-reviewed publications with several books and patents. He received his B.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology Madras and PhD from Purdue University.


Dr. M. Surianarayanan
Principal Scientist
Cell for Industrial Safety and Risk Analysis (CISRA), Chemical Engineering Department
CSIR-Central Leather Research Institute, Chennai, India

Dr. Surianarayanan is currently the Principal Scientist at the Cell for Industrial Safety and Risk Analysis (CISRA), CSIR-Central Leather Research Institute. His research interests are chemical process safety, thermo kinetic analysis of chemical process reactions, occupational safety and health, accident database etc. Dr Surianarayanan has been a member of several consultancy projects executed by CISRA in the area of Quantitative Risk Analysis and Thermochemical Analysis. He was also a part of the investigation team and special committees for accident analysis appointed by the Govt. of Tamilnadu. Currently he chairs the SHE committee of Indian Chemical Council (southern region) and also serves as a member of the regional committee of ICC, Executive committee of National safety Council, Tamil Nadu Chapter and State Crisis Group of the Government of Pondicherry.


Dr. Mimi Haryani Hassim
Senior Lecturer
Department of Chemical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia

Dr Mimi Haryani Hassim is a Senior Lecturer with the Department of Chemical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. She is working in the area of inherent occupational health studies for more than 10 years. Her research studies also include inherent safety, multi-criteria decision making, and industrial hygiene. She is also a Chartered Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE). She is a member of the Editorial board of the Process Safety and Environmental Protection journal.


Prof. Syeda Sultana Razia
Professor and Head
Department of Chemical Engineering
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Bangladesh

Prof. Razia is the Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). She received Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta, Canada and specialized training on chemical weapon convention from the Organization of Prohibition of Chemical Weapon (OPCW), Hague, and training on process safety and environmental pollution management from DuPont, Netherlands. She is currently serving as a resource person to the National Authority of Chemical Weapon Convention, Armed Force Division, Bangladesh. She is also involved in assessing the safety and environmental aspects of different chemical industries in Bangladesh. She has served as an expert in a number of policy-making, investigation and selection committees dealing with technological issues of chemical industries formed by the Government of Bangladesh.


Prof. Dongil Shin
Professor in Chemical Engineering
Professor in Disaster and Safety
Myongji University, South Korea

Prof. Shin is a Professor in Chemical Engineering and Disaster & Safety at Myongji University. He serves as the Vice President of the Safety Division of Korean Institute of Chemical Engineers (KIChE). Intelligent systems, complex system modeling, and autonomous plants for process safety are his major research areas. He received his B.S. and M.S. from Seoul National University and Ph.D. from Purdue University.


Dr. Prankul Middha
Principal Engineer
Formerly at Gexcon and DNV GL, UK

Dr. Prankul Middha is a Principal Engineer. He has a long experience in the field of process safety for the oil and gas industry, especially relating to ventilation, dispersion, fire and gas explosion. He has been associated with DNV GL and Gexcon, both world-leading companies within the field of safety and risk manageement. He has held several positions, including that of principal consultant, head of training and has had responsibilities for sales and support of the CFD software FLACS. Dr. Middha is an IIT Delhi alumnus who got his Master’s degree from University of Delaware and PhD on hydrogen safety from University of Bergen, Norway. He has published about 30 articles in peer-reviewed, international journals as well as book chapters and has more about 70 presentations in international conferences around the world.


Shri Hirak Dutta
Adviser, Essar Oil & Gas

Mr. Dutta is the Adviser Essar Oil & Gas. He looks after process safety aspects of both refinery & marketing functions since November 2015. Prior to this, Shri Dutta was Head of Oil Industry Safety Directorate, technical wing of Ministry of Petroleum & NG, responsible for overseeing safety in the entire oil & gas industry in India as its Executive Director. He has over three and a half decades of rich and varied experience in Operations, Process design and engineering, trouble shooting, Safety management, Project Management, Human Resource Management in various Refineries, Refinery Headquarters and Corporate office of Indian Oil Corporation Limited.


Dr. Chitra Rajagopal
Chief Controller R&D (System Analysis and Modelling)
DRDO, Ministry of Defence

Dr. Rajagopal has a major role in formulation, amendment and implementation of explosive safety rules and regulations in Ministry of Defence (MOD) units storing, handling, processing and transporting explosives/ammunition and its compliance monitoring through siting, safety audit, hazard classification trials and accident investigation. She has also been responsible for implementation of environment rules and regulations in MOD establishments and formulation of Safety, Health & Environment Policy and Disaster Management Plan for DRDO. She has taken a major initiative in sensitising MOD users through training programmes, lectures, dissemination through electronic and print media. Her research areas are in the field of Process Safety, Environment Safety, Explosive Safety and Heat Transfer.


Dr. Debalina Sengupta
Associate Director
Gas and Fuels Research Center
Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES)

Dr. Sengupta is the Associate Director of the Gas and Fuels Research Center for Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES). Her roles include research collaboration development for the Center through mega project funds, industry partnerships, and other channels. After her PhD from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, she went to work as a post doctoral fellow at the National Risk Management Research Laboratory of the United States Environmental Protection Agency in Cincinnati, OH. There, she worked on multiple research initiatives on sustainability and systems analysis through the Sustainable Technology Division. Dr. Sengupta has held several leadership roles at AIChE, primarily at the Environmental Division. She was a Director for 2011-2015, and is the current Programming Chair for the Division.


Dr. N. Gopalakrishan
Director, Central Building Research Institute (CBRI)
Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), India

Dr. Gopalakrishan is the Director of CSIR- CBRI, Roorkee and well-known Scientists in the area of Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Safety. After his PhD from Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, he started his career with CSIR-SERC in the structural dynamics and machine foundation (SDL) division and later he shifted to Earthquake Engineering division of CSIR-SERC i.e. Advanced Seismic Testing and Research Laboratory (ASTaR). Dr. Gopalakrishan has been credicted the prestigious Ramaiah’s prize for significant resezarch contribution in his area. Also he had been a UNDP visiting fellow at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, State University of New York, Buffalo (SUNY-B) and Cornell university, Ithaca during 1994-95.


Dr. R. K. Dave
Senior Specialist (Policy and Plans)
National Disaster Management Authority
Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India

Dr. Dave is Senior Specialist (Policy and Plans) at National Disaster Management Authority(NDMA) functioning under Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. He worked as a senior expert in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority, ADB, GIFT, State Governments of Karnataka, Jharkhand and Himachal between 2006-2012. Before that - during 22 years of his career as a civil servant, Dr. Dave worked in various capacities with MoC&IT (Government of India) and State Government of Gujarat. Dr. Dave holds PhD in Disaster Management, MBA (both from Gujarat University) and B.E degree in Electronics and Communication (from Engineering College Jodhpur) and possess extensive expertise in both ICT and Disaster Management domains.


Dr. Sumer Chopra
Director, Institute of Seismological Research
Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India

Dr.Sumer Chopra is presently Director of Institute of Seismological Research. Dr.Chopra worked in the seismology division of Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India was Head of the Earthquake Hazard and Risk Analysis division of the newly established National Centre for Seismology, Ministry of Earth Sciences. Dr. Chopra’s thrust areas of research are deterministic and probabilistic seismic hazard analysis, estimation of source parameters, site specific response studies etc. He has carried out deterministic seismic hazard analysis of entire Gujarat region. Seismic hazard of 32 cities/towns in Gujarat was estimated in terms of PGA and spectral accelerations. He has more than 25 years of experience in seismological research. He has published more than 100 research papers in international and national journals. He was awarded Certificate of Merit for outstanding contribution in the field of Geosciences by Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India in 2015.


Dr. Anil Agarwal
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Hyderabad, India

Dr. Anil Agarwal is an assistant professor in the department of Civil Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad. His research interests include behavior and design of structural systems under extreme loading conditions such as fire and earthquake, progressive collapse and prevention, structural dynamics and soil-structure interaction, etc. He has authored several refereed journal papers and conference proceedings in the area of structural fire safety. He serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Constructional Structural Steel and the ASCE Structural Engineering Journal. He has also worked for Bentley Systems, Inc., where he co-developed finite element based nonlinear collapse analysis and soil-structure interaction modules for offshore structures. He has also co-authored revised code and commentary of IS 1893 (Part 1) and IS 13920 for the Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority (GSDMA).


Shri Ashok Menon
Directorate of Fire and Emergency Services

Shri Menon is the Director of Directorate of Fire and Emergency Services, Goa. He is the alumnus of National Fire Service College, Ministry of Home Affairs and also an associate member of the institution of fire engineers (India) and graduate member of the institution of fire engineers (U.K.) and institution of fire engineers (India). Shri Menon has received the Chief Minister’s Fire Service Medal for Gallantry Award in 2014. He had led the search and rescue team from Goa during the earthquake in Gujarat in January 2001 and is the recipient of a commendatory note for extreme devotion to duties. He has also received the certificate of appreciation from the Indian Army's southern command, Pune and from the Indian Red Cross, New Delhi for the work done in Bhuj.


Shri G. Vishwanathan
Former Deputy General Manager (Technology),
Indian Petrochemicals Corporation (now RIL), Vadodara

Mr. Vishwanathan has more than three decades of Operation and Technical Services experience in Petrochemicals in IPCL and Synthetic Fibre plants. He has also acquired Engineering and HSE experience for 10 years while working with L&T, L&T Chiyoda and Technip along with his association as a Risk & Safety Consultant with Germanischer Lloyd and MS Chola Risk Services on HAZOP, HAZID, SIL, and other safety studies. He has about 10 years of experience in handling highly toxic Acrylonitrile plant which produces lethal Hydrogen Cyanide as byproduct.


Shri Umesh Dhake
Asia Pacific Regional Manager
American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Center for Chemical Process Safety

Shri Umesh Dhake, Asia Pacific Regional Manager for Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) is a Chemical engineer with more than 15 years of experience in Risk Consulting. Previously, Umesh worked with ABS Consulting- Risk Division and Germanischer Lloyds GmbH. He was involved in Preliminary Hazard Analysis, Consequence Analysis, QRA studies, MAH Bow Ties development, SIL verifications as per IEC 61511, Fit for Purpose Certifications for offshore ageing assets- pipelines and platforms. Umesh is also Lead auditor, Lead Tutor for Quality, Environmental, and Occupational Health & Safety management systems.


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