Speaker Biographies



Azizin Zainudin

Azizin Zainudin is currently the Discipline Head / Principal Industrial Hygiene (IH) of PETRONAS. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Occupational Hygiene from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from National University of Malaysia (UKM). He has 23 years working experience with PETRONAS, assigned as the production chemist, environmental management executive, IH executive and staff IH prior to his current position. Azizin provides IH assurance, consultancy, advisory, capability development, training, and technical support for the PETRONAS group of companies.

Azizin is the Vice President of the Malaysian Industrial Hygiene Association (MIHA) and a board member of International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA), the world body for Occupational Hygiene.


Brian Peacock
Brian Peacock has a degree in Ergonomics and Cybernetics from Loughborough University and a PhD in Engineering Production Engineering from Birmingham University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and a Certified Professional Ergonomist. He has worked in education, manufacturing, gas and oil, space operations, office environments, health service and aviation domains. He has published books on Statistical Distributions, Automotive Ergonomics and the Laws and Rules of Ergonomics in Design as well as many technical papers, reports, and presentations.


Charles van Schalkwyk

Charles is Safety & Risk Practitioner and a Human Factors Specialist (MSc), with over 11 years’ experience within Oil & Gas.  He is a member of the Ergonomic Society of South Africa (ESSA), Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), IChemE, and a Certified and Registered Member of the Institute for Ergonomics and Human Factors (MIEHF # 2508).

Charles has managed numerous large-scale projects for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and within the Oil and Gas industry in the Middle East and Asia Pacific.  His experience includes numerous Risk & Safety projects for various Oil and Gas companies and operators, including but not limited to: BP, PDO, ADNOC, ADMA, Dolphin Energy, Petronas, HESS, Qatar Gas/Petroleum, Dubai Petroleum, Teekay, Bumi Armada, BW Offshore, etc.  In addition, he has five year experience acting as Regional Human Factors Specialist and Technical Authority throughout Asia Pacific for Shell Eastern Petroleum Ltd.  The diversity of his experience includes Human Factors Engineering, Hazard Identification Studies (HAZID)/ Hazard and Effects qualitative analysis,  Process Safety Management (PSM), ALARP & Bow-Tie Analysis,  HSE  &  Process  Critical  Activities,  Safety  Critical  Task/Element identification and analysis  , Performance Standards (PS), Written Schemes of Verification (WSV), HSE/ Safety Cases (Design & Operational), Human Factors and Safety Case Integration,  and Human  Error  and  Incident/Accident  investigations.  

Charles has extensive experience of working with various regulators (i.e. NORSOK, NOPSEMA, UK Health & Safety Executive, EDPMO (Brunei)) and is familiar with various Operator and Industry Specific Technical requirements (i.e. Shell DEPs, DCAF, TA, Petronas PTS, BG, QGC, API, OGP,   etc). 
In addition to his primary qualifications Charles holds an Executive MBA degree with a focus on business strategy risk analysis and direct investing & divesting within the oil & gas industry.
Cheryl O. Morton
Cheryl O. Morton is Managing Director of AIHA Laboratory Accreditation Programs, LLC where she manages all business and technical aspects of the accreditation programs. All AIHA-LAP, LLC programs are managed to conform to the requirements of the ISO/IEC 17011:2004 while laboratories seeking accreditation must conform to the requirements of the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 in addition to program-specific requirements as detailed in AIHA-LAP, LLC Policies.  AIHA-LAP, LLC has full membership and recognition status by the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and two ILAC regional bodies -- the Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Program (APLAC) and the Inter-American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC.)   The lead program is also recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which has been designed to comply with the requirements of the EPA National Lead Laboratory Accreditation Program (NLLAP).   Ms. Morton represents AIHA-LAP at all international meetings conducted by ILAC, APLAC, and IAAC. 

Ms. Morton has served in this capacity since 2005 after serving in two senior-level positions with chemical industry trade associations. From 1999 until 2005, Ms. Morton was Managing Director of the Long-Range Research Initiative at the American Chemistry Council where she funded and managed research projects on exposure analysis, bio-monitoring, and children’s health.  For the previous nine years, she served as Director, Regulatory and Technical Affairs, of the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association where she managed advocacy and compliance assistance activities for small specialty chemical companies. 

Ms. Morton holds two bachelors of science degrees in Environmental Science and Chemistry from the George Washington University.
Dipesh Shroff
Creating entrepreneurial value by tuning social and environmental aspects in a business environment is his passion. At a tender age, Dipesh Shroff dreamed of beginning a project which could offer employment and stability in an arid region near the barren Indo-Pak border along Rann of Kachchh. The initiative was questioned by most experts. But that was thirty years ago. Today the dream has been realized in form of Agrocel Industries. By virtue of a renewable resource in form of sea water, hot and dry weather and tenacious efforts of locals – Rann has now transformed into a bromine hot spot. Agrocel supplies Bromine and derivatives to many sectors across India and abroad. While most begin as CSR – he finishes with engaging communities, employees, customers or suppliers for inclusive growth.

In his role as Managing Director of Excel Crop Care Limited Mr. Shroff leads with a visionary focus for all functions. After the demerger of Excel Industries and formation of Excel Crop Care Limited, Mr. Shroff has plotted the growth of the agri inputs company, bringing it from 256 in year 2002 to 764 crore in 2013. He is a qualified Civil Engineer who switched routes to follow family’s business – one often finds him speak passionately about architecture and construction.  His hands-on approach in construction and design brings him closer to looking at industrial safety with keen focus on implementation of all stringent measures – proactively ensuring safety of people and assets.

Doo Yong Park, DrPH, CIH
Dr. Park is currently a Professor at Hansung University, working in the Department of Mechanical System Engineering in Seoul, South Korea.  He is a formal Director General of Occupational Safety and Health Research Institute, KOSHA and brings over 20 years of experience in IH studies.  

Dr. Park currently serves as Vise President for the Korean Occupational and Environmental Society
Elyce Biddle, PhD
Dr. Biddle served as a Senior Research Economist at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) for nearly 20 years and is now an Assistant Professor at West Virginia University.  During her time at NIOSH, she was Coordinator of the NIOSH Economic Evaluation of Occupational Health and Safety Interventions at the Company Level Task Force, National Occupational Research Agenda Social and Economic Consequences of Workplace Illness and Injury team co-chair and CDC Health Economics Research Group steering committee member.  Her work continues to focus on economic cost models, health outcome measurements for occupational injuries and fatalities, and development of business case strategies and tools. 

Gurumurthy Ramachandran, PhD, CIH
Dr. Ramachandran is currently a Professor of Industrial Hygiene in the Division of Environmental and Occupational Health in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. His research involves using Bayesian methods for exposure reconstruction as well as for occupational hygiene decision-making, developing mathematical methods for modeling and analyzing occupational measurements, retrospective exposure assessment, and conducting fundamental physical performance studies of sampling devices for aerosols. The focus of these interests is the development of more effective and accurate methods to assess health-related human exposure. 

He has a BS in Electrical Engineering, an MS in Environmental Engineering, and a PhD in Environmental Sciences and Engineering from the University of North Carolina.

Hamid Arabzadeh, CIH, CSP, CHMM, REA
Hamid Arabzadeh is an environmental consultant in California.  He has held senior positions in both private companies and government institutions, leading environmental health and safety initiatives.  He currently serves on the faculty of the School of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine.  

Hamid holds a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, as well as two graduate degrees from McGill University in Canada.

Ir. Haji Rosli Hussin

Born in 1955, Ir. Hj. Rosli Hussin has obtained a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 1977, and then he possessed his Bachelor Degree from Brighton Polytechnic, UK in 1981. He also holds a Post Graduate Certification in OSH from Aston University, UK in 1994. He obtained a Master’s degree from Brunel University, West London, UK in the field of Welding and Adhesive Bonding of Engineering Materials. He is a member of the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (MIEM) and registered as Professional Engineer (PE) since 1990. He began his career as a Factories and Machinery Inspector at Department of Factories and Machinery, Kuala Lumpur in 1981 after graduating from Brighton Polytechnic, UK. In 1983, he was promoted to the post of Deputy Director in the Department of Factory and Machinery, Penang. During 28 years of service in the Department of Occupational Safety and Health, DOSH, he has led several units and division at DOSH HQ including Tools and Equipment Unit, Petroleum Safety Section and Health Policy and Legislation Section, Industrial Safety Division. He was also appointed as Director of DOSH state office in Negeri Sembilan/Melaka, Johor and Perak. In December 2006, he was appointed Deputy Director General (Policy) and then as Deputy Director General (Operation) of DOSH. He now heads the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, NIOSH Malaysia as Executive Director since 2009.


Laurie Wells

Laurie Wells is a board-certified audiologist and Senior Acoustics Regulatory Affairs Specialist for 3M Personal Safety Division, where she works with hearing protection and hearing conservation program global regulatory issues.  She earned her clinical doctorate degree from Salus University School of Audiology and holds a Master’s degree from University of Arizona.  Before joining 3M, Laurie was the Manager of Occupational Audiology for Associates In Acoustics, Inc., a consulting firm based in Colorado.  As a Certi¬fied Professional Supervisor of the Audiometric Monitoring Program©, she provided professional audiology review of hearing loss cases, audiometric database analysis, assessment of hearing protection devices, audits of hearing conservation programs and conducted employee noise exposure assessment, audiometric testing and employee education. The experience of working directly with employees at their worksites as well as with corporate level health and safety professionals has allowed Laurie to integrate real world issues of noise exposed workers with policy making in an effort to better shape effective preventative practices. Laurie is Vice Chair of Education for the Council for Accredita¬tion in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC) and has taught numerous CAOHC courses, graduate audiology courses, and made frequent presenta¬tions at professional conferences. She is a past-president of the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA), and served on the NHCA board from 1999 - 2007. NHCA awarded her with both the Michael B. Threadgill Award and the Outstanding Speaker award. In addition to NHCA, Laurie is a member of the Acoustical Society of America, American Academy of Audiology, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and Colorado Academy of Audiology.

Jon Lauterbach, CIH

Jon Lauterbach is a Senior Principal Engineer at First Solar in Kulim Malaysia. Jon has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences and a Master’s degree in Environmental Sciences/Industrial Hygiene from Colorado State University. Jon has almost 30 years of diverse experience supporting Environmental, Health and Safety programs and initiatives and is a Certified Industrial Hygienist. Jon began his career in the Hazardous waste Industry while having spent the last 24 years supporting the design, build, start up and operation of semiconductor fabrication and assembly facilities throughout the United States and Asia.  Jon has a passion for the outdoors and loves being in Malaysia, considering it his second home. 

K.G Rampal, DrPH

Dr. Krishna Gopal Rampal is Professor at the Perdana University Graduate School of Medicine.  Dr. Rampal joined Perdana University in February 2011 after 28 years at the National University of Malaysia (UKM). He obtained his M.B.B.S. from Agra University (India) in 1975, Master of Public Health (Urban Health) from Mahidol University (Thailand) in 1982, the Master of Public Health in 1986 and PhD in Occupational Medicine in 1990 from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health (USA). He was inducted as a Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine Royal College of Physicians Ireland (1995), Faculty of Occupational Medicine Royal College of Physicians London (1997), Fellow of the Academy of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Malaysia (2008) and Fellow of the Academy of Medicine Malaysia (2012).  In October 2012 he became the first Malaysian to be inducted as a Fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini. In 2004, he was awarded the National Leadership (Tokoh) Award in Occupational Safety and Health. Dr Rampal is involved in teaching, conducting research and providing consultancy in public/occupational health. ​

 Lee Hager
Mr. Hager brings over 25 years’ experience to his position as Hearing Conservationist for 3M, including consultation with Fortune 50 companies on hearing conservation program effectiveness. He is currently chair of the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC), is past president of the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA), and is past chair of the Noise Committee of the America Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA).  He works with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Manufacturing Sector Council. 

He publishes regularly and presents internationally on noise and hearing issues and most of all, he cares about your ears.

Lim Yan Ting
Ms Lim Yan Ting is a Senior Occupational Hygiene Specialist at the Singapore Ministry of Manpower’s Occupational Safety and Health Specialist Department.
In her role, she provides specialist support in workplace health hazard identification, evaluation and control to meet the needs of stakeholders. She helps to ensure continual improvement in workplace safety and health conditions through programmes and activities in the areas of occupational hygiene standards and occupational health hazard management. Currently, she co-leads the National Asbestos Control Programme to prevent asbestos-related diseases. She was involved in drafting the new WSH (Asbestos) Regulations and the WSH Guidelines on Asbestos Management and Removal to enhance protection against asbestos. She was also involved in developing the competency standards for the Asbestos Survey and Removal courses to build capability in asbestos control and abatement.

She holds an Honours Degree in Environmental Engineering from the Nanyang Technological University and a Master Degree in Safety, Health and Environmental Technology from the National University of Singapore.

Mahinda Seneviratne, COH
Mahinda Seneviratne is State Inspector – Hygiene & Toxicology, Specialist Services Group at WorkCover New South Wales, Australia’s largest WHS regulator. He is a Certified Occupational Hygienist (COH) of the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygiene and has over 20 years’ experience involving occupational health research, advisory and regulatory services and standards and policy development.
Omana George
Omana George is a Program Coordinator of the Occupational and Environmental Health Program at the Asia Monitor Resource Centre (AMRC), a labour rights NGO that has been promoting workers’ rights in Asia for over 35 years. She has been involved in education and training programs, research, campaigns across the region where the organisation has been active in assisting workers and victims to gain access to diagnosis, treatment and compensation. 

The AMRC is a core member of the Asian based grassroots network namely the Asian Network for the Rights of Occupational and Environmental victims (ANROEV). ANROEV is a coalition of victims’ groups, trade unions and other labour groups across Asia, committed to the rights of Victims and for overall improvement of health and safety at the workplace. The ANROEV network was formally constituted in 1997 and now has members from 14 Asian countries and territories that include Japan, Korea, China, India, Pakistan, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Hong Kong SAR, Taiwan, Nepal, Vietnam and Cambodia.


Sazali Hamzah

Encik Sazali bin Hamzah, aged 48, was appointed as President/CEO of PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad in April 2014. He holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Lamar University, Texas, USA and has more than 24 years of work experience. In 2003, he participated in a PETRONAS corporate strategic study which enabled him to lead a change programme that   enhanced    plant   performance and   operational excellence.    He attended the Advanced Management Programme in the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania in 2013.

He joined PETRONAS in 1990 as a process technologist and progressed through various roles, including plant manager in 2009.  He was involved in the implementation of several projects  between 1994 and 2009 such as Kertih Refinery (KR1), De-bottlenecking project, Kertih Aromatics  project (KR2), KR2 De-bottlenecking, Melaka Refinery COGEN and Base Oil Plant project  as  well  as  PSR2 Revamp  project.   In  2010,  he  led  a  highly specialised  team providing technical services and support  to all operating plants in PETRONAS, subsequently  heading  Project Management Delivery division  and overseeing  PETRONAS Downstream projects  of high capital value.

Encik Sazali sits on the Board of three PETRONAS subsidiaries.  Prior to joining PCG, he was the Managing Director/CEO of PETRONAS Penapisan (Melaka) Sdn Bhd.

Shamini Samuel, CIH, CSP, ROH
Shamini Samuel currently serves as Industrial Hygiene & Radiation Manager for Suncor Energy Services Inc. She has 20 years of professional, technical and management experience in the environmental health and safety field, with a focus on industrial hygiene, risk assessment, exposure assessment, and consulting to Governmental, Industrial and Institutional organizations in Asia Pacific and Northern America. 

She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH).

Shrenik M. Ranpura, CIH, CSP
Shrenik M Ranpura holds MS degree in Industrial Hygiene and Safety. He is Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and Certified Safety Professional (CSP). He worked as a 3M India IH and 3M APAC subject matter expert. His expertise is in exposure assessment and validation, exposure control, ventilation design and IH program development & implementation. He is currently serving as secretary to Central Industrial Hygiene Association (CIHA), India.

 Sue Reed, PhD, COH, CIH
Sue is a Associate Professor in Public Health at Edith Cowan University (ECU) where she is the Course Coordinator for the Postgraduate programs in Occupational Hygiene and Occupational Health and Safety.  Sue has over 35 years experience as a researcher and practitioner in occupational hygiene in which she has been involved in the development and analysis of results of health studies in the agriculture, explosives industry, indoor air quality and the development of a new method to monitor skin exposure to chemicals. As a certified occupational hygienist, in both Australia and USA, Sue has undertaken a number of studies that involve the monitoring of dust and bioaerosols in a number of animal handling facilities in Australia including dairy farms. 

Sue is the chief editor of the book Principles of Occupational Health and Hygiene, An Introduction well as being co-author of 2 chapters. She has authored or co-authored over 40 papers and conference presentations and currently supervises a number of PhD students.

William Hal Martin, PhD

Billy Martin has a wide range of clinical and research interests spanning the fields of physics, hearing, neuroscience and population health.  His training in the University of California system included audiology, speech science, linguistics, electrical engineering, medicine, neuroscience and computational physics.  This was followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at the Technion-Technical Institute of Israel in auditory neurophysiology.    He is currently professor of Otolaryngology at the National University of Singapore where his director of the M.Sc. Programme in Audiology.  His is also the co-director of the Dangerous Decibels international noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus prevention program with materials now in 37 countries.  Billy has authored or co-authored has over 600 scientific publications and/or presentations across his fields of interest.  Presently, his research projects examine the neurobiology and treatment of tinnitus and community based hearing health promotion children and adults.  In his free time he is an avid surfer and water polo player.

William Zhu, CIH
William Zhu, CIH is a Senior Industrial Hygiene Consultant at Golder Shanghai office. He provides IH assessment, support, and training for multinational and local companies in China. He is the member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and currently the AIHA Ambassador to China. 

He has a master degree in Occupational Health and Toxicology and a bachelor degree in Preventive Medicine from Fudan University.
Xinhui Khaw
Xinhui Khaw is currently Manager - Asia Pacific Chemical Regulations, Competence Center, Environment Health & Safety, BASF South East Asia Pte Ltd. Xinhui has past experiences in occupational hygiene, enforcement, regulation and standards review. Prior to joining BASF, she was an Industrial Hygienist with Shell Eastern Petroleum Pte Ltd; and served as a Specialist in the Occupational Safety & Health Division, Ministry of Manpower of Singapore.

Xinhui received her Master of Science in Safety, Health & Environmental Technology and Bachelor of Environmental Engineering from the National University of Singapore. 
Zailina Hashim
Dr. Zailina is a Professor at the Environmental Health Unit, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia. Her field of specialization is Environmental And Occupational Health Sciences. 

She obtained her Doctoral of Philosophy (Ph.D) degree from the University of Michigan, U.S.A  in 1994. Dr. Zailina has been an academia for the past 28 years and has introduced the Bachelor of Science degree programme in Environmental and Occupational Health at UPM since 1998. Dr. Zailina has published more than 100 journal articles, scientific and technical papers. She has completed more than 16 researches funded by local as well as international agencies. She is also serves as a consultant to various government agencies and private companies.