IAWF BOARD OF DIRECTORS (as of January 1, 2018)

Executive Committee

Alen SlijepcevicAlen Slijepcevic, President (board member since 2014)
Deputy Chief Officer Capability and Infrastructure, Country Fire Authority, Australia

Alen is the Deputy Chief Officer Capability & Infrastructure with the Country Fire Authority. After gaining a Master of Science (Forestry) Degree, Alen started his working career in Croatia as a forester from where he emigated to New Zealand in 1995. He worked as a Fire Management Officer with the Forestry Corporation and a Technical Assistant - Fire Research Group with the NZ Forest Research Institute.  

After three years, Alen moved to Tasmania where he worked with Forestry Tasmania for seven years in a variety of roles, the last two as the Manager Fire Management Branch.

Since 2005, he has been working in Melbourne, Victoria. For the first seven years he worked with Department of Sustainability and Environment, the majority of time as the Assistant Chief Officer Capability. In 2012, Alen started working in his current role with CFA.

Alen has presented at the numerous national and international conferences.


Toddi A. Steelman, Ph.D., Vice President (board member since 2016)
Former Executive Director and Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Dr. Toddi Steelman's broad research agenda focuses on improving the governance of environmental and natural resources, emphasizing the role of the public and community in science, policy, and decision-making interactions.  She has a 15 year history working on the human dimensions of wildfire research and has conducted research on community aspects of wildfire management in Canada and the United states, including the states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, California, Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho. Her research agenda has focused on understanding community responses to wildfire and how communities and agencies interact for more effective wildfire management.  Steelman is also Co-director, with Dr. Branda Nowell, of the Fire Chasers project at North Carolina State University (www.firechasers.ncsu.edu), which focuses on advancing the science of adaptive capacity toward more disaster resilient communities. 

Albert SimeoniAlbert Simeoni, Treasurer (board member since 2014)
Professor, Department of Fire Protection Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Massachusetts, USA

Professor Albert Simeoni is the Department Head of Fire Protection Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Massachusetts. He is an internationally recognized leader in wildland fire and fire science with over 120 journal papers, conference papers, and book chapters. He has more than 20 years of experience developing experimental, analytical, and numerical techniques to better understand fire dynamics and to predict fire and wildland fire behavior. Before joining WPI, he held academic leadership positions in fire research in the UK and in France. He has also experience as a consultant in fire science in the US and has spent over 10 years volunteering and working as a firefighter in France. Starting as a volunteer firefighter, he ultimately led all aspects of fire, wildland fire, and rescue operations, in the capacity of Chief of Fire Station. He is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Wildland Fire, a principal member of the NFPA Technical Committees on Wildland Fire Management and on Wildland and Rural Fire Protection, a member of the NFPA 921 subcommittee on Wildland Fire Investigation, and is the treasurer of the International Association of Wildland Fire.


Steven R. Miller, Secretary (board member since 2017)
Chief, Bureau of Land Resources, St Johns River Water Management District, Palatka, Florida, USA

Steve graduated from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point with a degree in Forest Administration in 1985, and Masters in Ecological Restoration from the University of Florida in 2016. He has since worked for a private forestry consultant, the USDA Forest Service, Texas Forest Service, and Florida Division of Forestry and is currently the Chief of the Bureau of Land Resources for the St. Johns River Water Management District.  In his present capacity, Steve is responsible for directing a multiple use land management program on over 600,000 acres. Most of the lands SJRWMD manages require fire on a 3-5 year interval to sustain them ecologically, so prescribed fire is a major part of his duties.   Steve is active in the North Florida Prescribed Fire Council, serving on the steering committee since 1992. He served on the 1998 Governors Task Force on Wildland Fire, Florida Forestry Blue Ribbon Commission, the Florida Georgia Fire Summits (I &II) and is a current member of the Florida Forest Council. He has feet firmly planted in both fire camps (suppression and prescribed fire) and is qualified as and ICT2, OSC2 and an RXB1. He is committed to preparing the next generation of land/fire managers, he regularly travels to teach NWCG classes, and is currently serving as an Adjunct Instructor for the University of Florida. Steve and his wife are parents of two adults; one of whom is a second-generation forester and fire manager.


Board Members

Tim BrownTimothy Brown (Board member since 2014)
Desert Research Institute, Reno, Nevada, USA

Dr. Tim Brown conducts applied research and applications development at the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nevada. His primary academic interests include analysis of wildland fire-climate and fire-weather connections; the fire environment; applications development for wildland fire management planning, decision-making and policy; the interface between science and decision-making; and co-production of knowledge. Dr. Brown is Director of the Western Regional Climate Center, and established and directs the Program for Climate, Ecosystem and Fire Applications (CEFA) at the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nevada. He is also graduate faculty in the Atmospheric Sciences Program at the University of Nevada, Reno.



David Bruce (board member since 2016)
Communications Manager, Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre, Victoria, Australia

David Bruce is Communications Manager for the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre. Prior to that he held the same position at the Bushfire CRC in Australia.

David oversaw the development and implementation of the branding and communications in the start-up phase of the BNHCRC and leads a small team managing publications, online media, stakeholder relations, media relations and events. He is on the Editorial Advisory Board of Wildfire magazine, produced by the International Association of Wildland Fire, and is a member of the Public Relations Institute of Australia.

His working life began as a journalist and news editor with Melbourne’s daily broadsheet The Age and News Limited’s community newspapers, and later as the Communications and Media Manager at Monash and Deakin universities.


Murray Carter (board member since 2016)
Director Office of Bushfire Risk Management (OBRM), Western Australia
Mr. Carter has held the position of Director OBRM for the past 18 months. OBRM is an independent Office responsible to the Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner, WA. The role of OBRM is to enhance the efficient and effective management of bushfire related risk in WA in order to protect people, assets and other things valuable to community. It’s functions include, among others, the regulation of prescribed burning and the application of a risk management framework to the use of planned fire.

Prior to the OBRM appointment, Mr. Carter was the Manager, Fire Management Services Branch (Chief Fire Officer) for the Department of Parks and Wildlife WA. During his time in this role he led the reform of the Departments prescribed fire program into alignment with the International Standard for Risk Management, AS/NZS ISO 31000; 2009 Risk Management Principles and Guidelines. Mr. Carter is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Director training and has twenty eight years of operational bushfire and emergency management experience with a strong focus on prescribed burning.
Mr. Carter is currently the Chairperson of the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Rural and Land Management Group.    

Kathy Clay (Board member since 2013)
Fire Marshal, Battalion Chief, Jackson Hole Fire, Wyoming, USA
Born and raised on a farm in mid-central Illinois, Kathy Clay traveled west to find her dreams under the magnificent Teton Mountains in Jackson, Wyoming. Battalion Chief and Fire Marshal for Jackson Hole Fire/EMS, she serves the fire world promoting fire and injury prevention, works with new and existing structures to insure code compliance, investigates structure and wildland fires, provides command on emergency incidents, and maintains EMT certification for medical first response. Clay holds a Fire Science degree, is a red carded Engine Boss, NFPA 1033 certified, and is Teton County's senior car seat technician. 


Euan Ferguson (board member since 2016)
AFSM, Victoria, Australia

Euan Ferguson is a forester and fire emergency manager with 39 years experience in fire and fuels risk management, community engagement and emergency management leadership. In 2015 Euan retired after 5 years as Chief Officer with the Victorian Country Fire Authority (CFA). Previously, Euan held the role of Chief Officer and CEO of the South Australian Country Fire Service for 9 years. Prior to that, Euan held a range of field fire and forestry roles with CFA and with the public land management authority in Victoria. In the 1980’s, Euan was a member of the Army Reserve, was commissioned in 1985, and served with 91 Forestry Squadron. Euan has held a number of key appointments including past Chair and inaugural member of the Board of the National Aerial Firefighting Centre (NAFC); past Chair and member of the Board of the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council (AFAC). Euan is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF). Euan is an advocate for firefighter safety through better decision making and promotes the philosophy of intent based leadership.


Paulo Fernandes (board member since 2013)
University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD), Dept. of Forest and Landscape, Vila Real, Portugal

Dr. Paulo Fernandes has a forest sciences background and holds a researcher and professor position at UTAD. He carries out R&D activities since 1992, with participation in 10 international and 21 national projects addressing the behaviour, ecology and management of wildland fire. His main contributions have been in the topics of fuel characterization and field-based assessment and modelling of fire characteristics and effects, namely in the frame of prescribed burning studies in Mediterranean shrubland and pine forests. More than 120 papers in the scientific and technical literature have resulted from this activity. Paulo is highly committed to technology transfer, which has materialized in the form of regular involvement in prescribed burning training and assistance to Portuguese government agencies and forest companies in fire risk assessment.


Michael Gollner (board member since 2016)
Department of Fire Protection Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, USA
Dr. Michael Gollner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Fire Protection Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is broadly interested in fire science problems, utilizing experiments and theory to solve problems related to fire spread in the wildland and built environments, sustainable/green building fire safety and smoke and toxic product transport. In 2014 he started the first engineering-based wildland fire course at the University of Maryland, focusing on both the science and applications of engineering to wildland fire. He serves as Associate Editor of Fire Technology, on the editorial board of the Fire Safety Journal, a member of the NFPA Technical Committee on Wildland and Rural Fire Protection, a member of the NFPA FPRF Research Advisory Board and an elected member of the management committee of the International Association for Fire Safety Science. 

Michael is from Southern California, where he was first acquainted with wildfires. He holds a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego. summary of current research topics and other activities is available on his website: http://www.gollnerfire.com/

Tom HarbourTom Harbour, HarbourFire (board members since 2018)

Tom is a recognized expert in wildland fire and aviation management policy and operations. His successful and notable tenure as National Director of Fire and Aviation Management (National Fire Chief) included unmatched service length. Through both direct international relationships and interaction with USAID (United States Agency for International Development), he provided assistance to every region of the world.  He effectively dealt with senior elected officials and governmental leaders at the local, state, and federal level.  He also successfully dealt with career professionals both domestically and internationally.  During his tenure, Tom brought additional professionalism and enhanced performance to the organization.  The US Forest Service fire and aviation program was the preeminent federal wildland fire program. Tom has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Davis and a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management from Washington State University.  He graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at Davis and with Presidential Honors (for a 4.0 GPA) from Washington State University.  His post-graduate work includes studies at the JFK School of Government, Harvard University and the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina.  Tom served with faculty and leaders at the Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia. Since retiring, Tom started a small business HarbourFire (harbourfire.com) Tom has been happily married for over 40 years, and is a proud father and grandfather.

Naian LiuNaian Liu (board member since 2015)
Professor, Fire Safety Engineering, State Key Laboratory of Fire Science (SKLFS), University of Science and Technology of China

Prof. Naian Liu is a Professor in Fire Safety Engineering at State Key Laboratory of Fire Science (SKLFS), University of Science and Technology of China. He is currently serving as the Member of the International FORUM of Fire Research Directors; Member of International Scale Modeling Committee; Editorial Board Member of several international journals, including Fire Safety Journal (Associate Editor), Fire Technology, and Fire Science Reviews. He is working on fundamental researches of thermal decomposition of wildland fuels and extreme wildland fire behaviors such as fire whirl, multiple fires burning, eruptive fire and spot fire. In recent years, Prof. Liu has authored over 100 peer-reviewed research papers. He ever served as the Executive Organizing Committee Chair and Technical Program Chair of the 9th Asia-Oceania Symposium on Fire Science and Technology (2012), and the Organizing Committee Chair of the Annual Meeting of the International FORUM of Fire Research Directors (2012), the Topic Chair of Forest Fire of the 11th International Symposium for Fire Safety Science (2014), and the Colloquium co-chair of the 35th International Symposium on Combustion (2014). He is also a member of the Combustion Institute and IAFSS.



Jerry McAdamsJerry McAdams (board member since 2014)
Wildfire Mitigation Coordinator, Boise Fire Department, Boise, Idaho, USA

Jerry McAdams is a Senior Captain and Wildfire Mitigation Coordinator for the Boise Fire Department in Boise, Idaho.  He has over fifteen (15) years of experience working in the fire service; in both Operations and Fire Prevention.  Jerry is a member of the Board of Directors for the International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) and is also a member of the Boise District BLM Resource Advisory Council (RAC).  He is a fire investigator (FIT, CFEI & INVF).  He also holds International Code Council (ICC) certifications as a Fire Inspector I, II and Fire Plans Examiner.  Jerry has been a guest speaker/panelist for several webinars, as well as presenting at several national and international conferences.  He has also guest lectured on the topic of fire investigation for criminalistics classes at Boise State University.  Jerry holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Boise State University and has completed half of the coursework toward a master’s degree.  He has a passion for working with people to tackle the issues surrounding the dangers that wildfire poses, as well as organizing and managing mitigation projects to reduce wildfire risk to communities.

Guillermo ReinGuillermo Rein (board member since 2014)
Senior Lecturer, Imperial College London, UK

Dr. Guillermo Rein is Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of Fire Technology, the scientific journal of NFPA and SFPE. His professional activities are centered on research in fire and combustion, and teaching of thermofluid sciences to engineers. He has studied a wide range of fire dynamics topics in the built and the natural environments, including pyrolysis, smouldering, fire modeling, wildfires, structures and fire, design methodologies and forecasting techniques.

He was born in Madrid (Spain) and studied Mechanical Engineering at ICAI Universidad Pontificia Comillas (Ingeniero Industrial, 1999). He also holds an MSc (2003) and PhD (2005) from the University of California at Berkeley. Guillermo joined Imperial in 2012 from a previous academic position at University of Edinburgh (2006-2012).

He maintains a blog, Fortune Favours the Bold (http://guillermo-rein.blogspot.co.uk), where he writes occasionally in a more informal tone on fire science and engineering. http://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/g.rein

Michele Steinberg (board member since 2017)
Wildfire Division Manager, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Quincy, MA, USA

Michele Steinberg is the Wildfire Division Manager at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), leading a team dedicated to wildfire safety outreach. NFPA is a global nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. Ms. Steinberg has worked in the areas of natural hazards, land use planning, and disaster safety outreach for state and federal government agencies and nonprofit organizations for more than 25 years. She holds a BA in English and American Literature from Brandeis University and a Master of Urban Affairs from Boston University. 

Dr. Gavriil Xanthopoulos (board member since 2017)
Researcher - Forest Fires, Hellenic Agricultural Organization "Demeter", Institute of Mediterranean Forest Ecosystems, Athens, Greece

Dr. Gavriil Xanthopoulos is an associate researcher specializing in forest fires at the Institute of Mediterranean Forest Ecosystems of the Hellenic Agricultural Organization "Demeter". He holds a B.Sc., degree in Forestry from the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Greece and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Forestry with specialization in Forest Fires from the University of Montana, U.S.A. He has been active in European forest fire research for more than 25 years, with a parallel involvement in many aspects of operational fire management, post-graduate teaching and forest fire management training. He has served as member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Wildland Fire (2005-2010) and as an associate editor for the “International Journal of Wildland Fire”. His research interests include forest fire policy, fire prevention, fire danger rating, fire behavior, fuel management, firefighting, post-fire rehabilitation, forest fires and climate change, and new technologies in fire management. His publications cover a broad spectrum and reflect his involvement with both research and operational applications.


Executive Director

Mikel Robinson
Executive Director
International Association of Wildland Fire
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