Keynote Speakers

Each day is opened by invited Keynote Speakers, leaders in their field, providing an overview of their topic of expertise as an introduction to the themes of the day.


FIVE 2020 has the following confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Judy Jeevarajan, Underwriters Laboratories (UL), USA
Dr. Judy Jeevarajan is the Research Director of Electrochemical Safety for Underwriters Laboratories (UL). With over 21 years of experience in the area of batteries and a primary focus on the lithium-ion chemistry she specializes in battery safety research including safety trends in aged li-ion cells and modules, thermal runaway propagation in lithium battery systems, fire suppressants for li-ion battery fires, and consumer battery safety.

Dr. Jeevarajan serves in the Technical Working Group for standards organizations such as Underwriters Laboratories, Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), International Civil Aviation Organization/Society of Aerospace Engineers (ICAO/SAE), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and is currently leading an effort under Aerospace Industries Association of America (AIAA) to develop a space safety standard for battery systems. Representing Underwriters Laboratories, she co-chairs a Battery Safety Council with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

From 1998, Dr. Jeevarajan previously worked at National Aeronautics and Space Administration-Johnson Space Center (NASA-JSC) in Houston, Texas where she was the Group Lead for Battery Safety and Advanced Technology for NASA-JSC. She also represented the battery group on all NASA safety panels and led the advanced battery technology work with a special focus on the safety improvements.

Franz Evegren, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Sweden
Franz Evegren is a Fire Safety Engineer with an additional MSc in Risk Management and Systems Safety. He began his career in fire safety engineering consultancy, before joining RISE Research Institutes of Sweden in 2010, initially as a PhD student and lately as Business Developing Project Leader. His main area is maritime fire safety in general, and assessment of alternative fire safety design in particular. Fire safety of vehicles and new energy carriers have had much focus in late years, due to the many car ferry fires the past decades. Franz acts as regular fire safety expert advisor in the Swedish delegation at the International Maritime Organization. He is also co-chair of the European network for Lightweight Applications at Sea (E-LASS).

Nils Rosmuller, Institute for Safety (IFV), the Netherlands
Nils Rosmuller is applied professor in Energy and Transportation Safety at Institute for Safety in the Netherlands (IFV).

For a while, his focus was on transportation safety; hazardous materials transportation, tunnel safety and the according risk management (prevention) and incident management (suppression) theory and practice.

Lately, safety as a result of the energy transition has become part of his focus.