2014 IECEx International Conference : Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 19-20 February 2014

Speakers (also available as a Word Doc)

Chris Agius


Chris Agius

Executive Secretary of IECEx holding the Secretariat position since the system began some 15 years ago.

He has a long standing involvement in the development of National and International Standards and Certification systems. He held various key positions within the Standards Australia Group including those associated with the development and management of Product and Service related certification schemes, including the AUSEx and ANZEx Schemes and the IECEx System.

Chris has qualifications and experience in Electrical Engineering with experience in Ex installations and Engineering testing and investigation and is a long standing Registered ISO 9001 Quality Systems Auditor and an IECEx Lead Assessor. In addition, Chris is also Executive Secretary of the IEC Conformity Assessment System for Quality Manufacture of electronic components, IECQ and Convener of a new IEC CAB Expert Working Group developing an International Conformity Assessment System covering Equipment and Installations associated with the Marine Energy industry and Secretary for a similar Group for the Wind Turbine Industry.

John Allen

John Allen

Graduated from UMIST in 1970 with a B Sc in Electrical Engineering & Electronics. He worked as a DC & AC rotating machine design engineer for 15 years followed by 3 years in diesel gen-set manufacturing before working in the service industry. He has managed service facilities including a HV formed coil manufacturing facilities from 1988 – 1994 and over the last 12 years has been active in the re-design of hydro-generators. He has been Technical Director of Sulzer Dowding & Mills since 1998.

He is a member of BSI GEL 31 and the IEC TC31J maintenance team for IEC60079-19. He has represented EASA at IECEx since 2003 and is Vice Chairman of the CoPC Committee & a member of IECEx ExMC WG10 (Service Facility) working group committee. He has been Technical Adviser for EASA Region 9 since 1998 and on the EASA Technical Committee in St Louis since 2002.

Mark Amos

Currently working as the Business Manager, IECEx Secretariat for the Geneva, Switzerland headquartered International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)

Prior to this role, Mark worked as:

Director, Energy Infrastructure Policy at the Energy Networks Association (ENA), the peak national body representing gas and electricity transmission and distribution businesses throughout Australia.

Technical & Regulatory Manager at Australian Industry Group (AiG)

a range of roles in the gas and electrical equipment manufacturing industry.

Over the 26 years in industry he held senior positions across production management, technical, marketing and R&D functions.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree (with First Class Honours) and post graduate qualifications in general management, marketing, project management, business analysis and strategy.

Dr. Thorsten Arnhold

Dr. Thorsten Arnhold

(1961) studied electronics at the Technical University of Dresden. He made his Dr. - Ing. (Equivalent to PhD) at the same University with the development of technologies for hybrid integrated circuits.

After some years as Quality manager at Commodore Computers in Braunschweig he enters the company R. STAHL, a world leading company for explosion protected electrical equipment. In this company Prof. Arnhold has had different functions: he was responsible for the Quality Management the Design- and the Marketing Department and for the Product Management. Since 2012 he is the Vice President for Technology.

Prof. Arnhold has a Diploma of Marketing from the St. Galen Business School and is a teacher for Marketing at the Jena University of Applied Science. Since January 2014 he is the Chairman of the IECEx - System.

Dennis Chew

Actively involved in international and regional standardization and related activities for more than 15 years. He also regularly and actively participates in the meetings of regional regulatory authorities and organizes seminars with IEC National Committees in the region.

Dennis has extensive knowledge and experience on technical regulations, standards and conformance infrastructure and developments in APEC and ASEAN, having been involved in the development and implementation of the ASEAN Harmonized Regulatory Regime for Electrical and Electronic Equipment, regional Mutual Recognition Arrangements and the regional harmonization of standards and regulatory requirements.

Dennis graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) Honours degree.

William G. Lawrence, Jr.

Bill Lawrence is Principal Engineer for the Hazardous Location group of FM Approvals, a US Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory. Bill has been with FM Approvals for thirty years and is involved with the examination and testing of electrical equipment rated for use in hazardous (classified) locations. Before joining FM Approvals, he was employed by a test instrument manufacturer where he also worked in product safety.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He currently serves as the Chairman of the US Mirror Committee to IEC TC31 and as the International Convenor of IEC TC31/WG22 for 60079-0, 60079-5, and 60079-6. He also serves on various National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and other national standards committees for hazardous location electrical equipment.

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Frank Lienesch, Dr. – Ing.

Studied Electrical Engineering at the Technical University of Braunschweig. After his graduation in 1993 he started to work at Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt where he prepared his PdD. Since 2003 he is the leader of the Section “Explosion Protected Drive Systems”.

Dr. Lienesch is a member of several Standardization Working Groups within TC 31 on international and national Level. Since 2005 he presented the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs with respect to the Regulation of Explosion Protected Equipment. This representation includes the Standing Committee of the ATEX directive and the chairmanship of SIEEE of UNECE WP.6.

Jim Munro

Jim Munro

Managing Director of Jim Munro International Compliance Pty Limited.

He’s been involved in the field of explosion-protected equipment (Ex equipment) since 1979. He holds numerous international roles including:

Chairman of International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Committee TC 31, Equipment for Explosive Atmospheres, since 1998

Chairman of the IECEx System Panel of Assessors and various other roles in IECEx,

He provides consultancy and auditing services to designers, manufacturers, users, and testing and certification bodies. In the past ten years his work has taken him to 30 different countries.

Karel Neleman

Karel Neleman

Has more than 20 year’s active experience in electrical explosion protection. Graduated in 1989 with a Bachelor Diploma of Electrical- and Electronic Engineering at the University of Professional Education of Rotterdam. Since 1990 he is working in the BARTEC Group where he has had several positions; Sales Engineer, Account Manager, Product Manager, Business Development Manager and today Technical Manager, responsible for Conformity Assessment and Ex authorized person within BARTEC.

Karel is an involved member in:
• Dutch standardization committee NEC 31
• IEC SC31J/MT60079-14 (design, selection, installation and initial inspection)
• IEC TC31 WG22 responsible for maintenance of IEC 60079-0 (general requirements)
• IEC TC31 MT 60079-1 (flameproof equipment)

• Dutch delegate within the IECEx Ex MC

As a sideline job, he is also teacher at BARTEC Safety Academy in Germany as well as Reed Business Studies, organizing training modules for Ex protection based on IECEx05.

Ron Sinclair

Ron Sinclair MBE

Has been active in the certification of equipment for use in Hazardous atmospheres since 1975, always based in Buxton in the UK, initially as part of the Health and Safety Executive (where he became Technical Director for the Certification Service) then as Managing Director of Baseefa when the activity moved to the private sector.

He is chair of both the British and European Standards Committees for Electrical Ex Equipment and was recently re-elected as chair of the Test and Assessment Group (ExTAG) of the IECEx international Certification Scheme. He is a vice-chair of the European Ex Notified Bodies Group. Last year he was awarded an MBE for services to certification and standardisation, as well as receiving the HazardEx Personal Contribution Award. In order to facilitate the growth of the Baseefa business, he and his colleagues have recently completed a sale of the business to the SGS Group to enable worldwide reach, with Buxton being the centre of excellence for Ex of the entire SGS Group.

Peter Thurnherr

Peter Thurnherr

thuba Ltd., Switzerland
Born in 1950, studied mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and business administration in Basel, B.Sc. diploma. The company, which was founded in 1932, has been manufacturing explosion-proof electrical apparatus since 1955. In full charge of the company since 1977.

Field of work: design and production of electrical apparatus for gas and dust explosive atmospheres in all types of protection. Certified Service Facilities in accordance to IECEx. In addition to production, many years’ experience in the design, selection, erection and inspection (accredited inspection body SIS 145) of electrical installations. Chairman of Technical Committee TC 31 in Switzerland, member of international TC 31 working groups and maintenance teams, General Requirements IEC 60079-0, Increased Safety IEC 60079-7, Non-Sparking IEC 60079-15, Risk of Ignition of Optical Radiation IEC 60079-28, Trace Heating IEC 60079-30, Inspection and Maintenance IEC 60079-17, and Convenor of Electrical Installations in Hazardous Areas IEC 60079-14.