(The IFAB team includes engineers from different engineering fields. These cover not only fire engineering but also civil engineering, mechanical engineering, reliability engineering, hydraulics and thermodynamics. The multidiscipline skills of the IFAB team ensure a holistic approach when designing or testing different fire safety solutions. Individual members of the IFAB team have different certifications related to fire safety. Many IFAB team members also serve on national or international fire safety research and standard committees.

The following are members of the IFAB management team:

Max Lakkonen (Lic.Tech, M.Sc.), Managing Director
Telephone: +49 30 643185 906

Max Lakkonen has been working over 15 years in senior engineering positions, both in academics as well as in the private sector. He is a graduated engineer and owns a masters degree (M.Sc. (Dipl.-Ing.)) in mechanical engineering. Additionally Max Lakkonen owns a Scandinavian postgraduate degree (Lic.Tech.) in automation. Max Lakkonen has been solely working the last 10 years in the fire protection industry and since 2015 he is one of the two managing directors of IFAB. During his career Max Lakkonen has published over 30 papers about tunnel fire safety (ventilation, FFFS, structural safety). He is also a principle member of NFPA502 and NFPA750 technical committees and works actively in various tunnel safety committees e.g. ITA-COSUF (AG3). Max Lakkonen is a member of IWMA (International Water Mist Association) scientific committee.

Max Lakkonen is involved at IFAB especially to tunnel and underground fire safety as well as CFD simulations. He is also responsible for the international activities of IFAB.



Rajko Rothe (Dipl.-Ing.), Managing Director
Certified Expert Fire Safety
Telephone: +49 30 643185 900  

Rajko Rothe has been working over 20 years as fire safety expert and since 2013 he is one of the two managing directors of IFAB. He is a graduated engineer and owns a Dipl.-Ing. degree in marine engineering. Rajko Rothe currently works with the consultancy and verification of preventive fire protection methods. His expertise includes over 20 years of fire testing in real scale. As a certified expert of fire safety, Rajko Rothe is accredited to develop fire safety concepts and related expert statements even for complex buildings. He has been involved in many research programs and has published many papers from various fields of fire protection.

Rajko Rothe owns a teaching certificate for Fire Fighting (STCW) and is appointed as a fire cause investigator of the German Federal Bureau for Maritime Casualty Investigation. Rajko Rothe is also responsible for many fire safety consultancy and testing projects at IFAB.



Babett Peters (Dipl.-Chem.), Testing & Consultancy Manager
Certified Specialist Planner Fire Safety
Telephone: +49 30 643185 901

Babett Peters has been working over 10 years in senior fire safety positions. She currently works as Fire safety consultant as well as testing & quality manager at IFAB. Babett Peters owns a degree in chemistry (Dipl.-Chem.) and  in environmental technologies (M.Sc.). She works intensively with various approval and accreditation offices, e.g. regarding the fire safety laboratory accreditation of IFAB.

Babett Peters is responsible for operating and developing different measurement methods for fire testing at IFAB. In addition to fire testing, she is involved in fire safety consulting and design. Babett Peters works focus mainly on industrial and special hazards.



Michael Klinger (M.Sc.), Senior Consultant
Telephone: +49 30 643185 905

Michael Klinger has been working over 8 years in fire safety engineering positions. Since 2013 he is working as Senior Consultant for IFAB. He owns a masters degree (M.Sc.) in fire safety engineering and additional certifications as quality manager (TÜV) and fire protection engineer (VdS). In addition Michael Klinger works as special expert for DAkkS and is involved in various committees for fire safety in rolling stock (e.g. EN 45545, EN FCCS, UNIFE TSI SRT group).

Michael Klinger is mainly responsible in fire safety for rail at IFAB and has published various papers in this application field. He also gives trainings for the rail industry regarding rolling stock fire safety requirements.


The IFAB product managers for different applications areas are:

Kilian Pai (Dipl.-Ing.), Reliability engineering
Telephone: +49 30 643185 908

Alexander Sasz (Dipl.-Ing. (FH)), Fire & Smoke testing
Telephone: +49 30 643185 902  

Bastian Matthies (M.Sc.), Computational Fluid Dynamics & Thermodynamics
Telephone: +49 30 643185 910

Werner Thon (Chief Fire Officer), Expert assessments & Consultancy
Telephone: +49 30 643185 900