The CTIF Executive Committee
The CTIF Executive Committee meets physically at least twice a year to follow up CTIF actions, projects and the work of CTIF commissions and to prepare proposals to be submitted to the Delegates’ Assembly.
Since 2019, the Executive Committee also meets monthly for 1-2 hours through video conferencing. During the 2020-2021 Pandemic, all meetings have been conducted online.
At the Delegates Assembly in Vienna, June 15, 2023, a new Executive Commission was formed when four new vice presidents were voted in.
The number of Vice Presidents in the EC is now raised from 7 to 8, after an official vote in the matter at Delegates Assembly in Vienna 2023.
Four new VPs were voted in as Ole Hansen (Norway) and Zdenek Nytra (Czech Republic) had both done their maximum allowed two 4 year terms in the Executive Committee. A vacant seat was also also left by László Bérczi (Hungary) who unfortunately had to end his term as vice president early.
The Executive Committee of CTIF with our four new vice presidents voted in as of DA 2023 in Vienna. Photo: CTIF Austria
From the left: Otto Drozd (USA ), Luc Faes (Belgium), Marc Mamer (Luxembourg, Treasurer), Zdenek Nytra (Czech Republic - left the EC at DA 2023), Tom Van Esbroeck (Belgium - Special Advisor), Milan Dubravac (Slovenia - Pres), Taina Hanhihoski (Finland), Dennis Davis (UK - Senior Advisor), Yvonne Näsman (Sweden), Ole Hansen (Norway - left the EC at DA 2023), Neza Strmole (Slovenia - CTIF Secretary), Christophe Marchal (France), Roman Sykora (General Secretary, Austria) Martin Nekula (Czech Republic ) and Nedeljko Vukalović. (Croatia )
Current members of the CTIF Executive Committee:
Text Updated August 2022
Milan Dubravac, CTIF President since October 2020.
Admin for the Slovenian civil protection and disaster relief, Head of the Slovenian National Fire-fighting School.
Mr Dubravac also serves on the CTIF Commission for Firefighting at Airports.
Before becoming elected President in 2020, Mr Dubravac served as Vice President since 2015.
Roman Sykora, General Secretary of CTIF since 2019.
From the professional fire department, Vienna (Austria).
Mr Sykora also serves as the chair of the CTIF Hazardous Materials Commission.
Marc Mamer, Treasurer of CTIF since 2017.
Head of the Fédération Nationale des Corps de Sapeurs-Pompiers, du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg, i.e. the Voluntary Firefighters´ Association of Luxemburg.
Neza Strmole, CTIF Office Secretary since 2017.
Slovenia, CTIF Office in Ljubljana
Neza is a voluntary firefighter in her hometown in Slovenia and works for the Firefighters´Association of Slovenia.
Neza is the main contact person for anyone wishing to get in touch with CTIF or any of our members. You can reach Ms Strmole through our CTIF office in Ljubljana.
Current Vice Presidents and other members of the Executive Committee:
Taina Hanhikoski, Vice President since 2020
Taina Hanhikoski works as an Senior Specialist in the Ministry of the Interior, Finland. She is working on two Horizon EU -projects focusing on critical action planning and extreme-scale data as well as climate risk and vulnerability assessment framework.
Yvonne Näsman, Sweden - Vice President of the CTIF Executive Committee since 2021. Chair of the Swedish CTIF National Committee since 2023.
Yvonne Näsman works as an Executive officer in Fire & Rescue at the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, MSB.se. She is currently also a member of the Extrication and New Technology Commission and a delegate of the Swedish National CTIF Committee. She also serves as a delegate at the International Forum Advanced First Responder Innovation, IFAFRI and she is involved in bilateral agreement with Department of Homeland & Security.
Until 2006 she was a teacher for fire officers and firefighters and 2006 to 2015 , she served as Head of Education and Development at the Swedish Rescue Services Agency. Her entire career Yvonne has been developing methods and technology based on evidence and science for First Responders. She has been working with fire and rescue since 2000 and ongoing.
Christophe Marchal, Vice President since 2020
Volunteer firefighter officer at the Haut-Rhin SDIS
Member of the FNSPF Executive Committee
The four new Vice Presidents for 2023 in the CTIF EC (as of June 15) are:
Nedeljko Vukalović- vice president since 2023
Master of Nursing, mag.med.techn.
Mr Vukalović holds several positions in his home country of Croatia, including Deputy President of the Presidency of the Croatian Firefighting Association (from 2021) President of the Fire Department of the City of Novi Marof (from 2009 to the present) and President of the Varaždin County Fire Association (from 2013 to the present)
Since 2016, he is also a member of the International Committee for Firefighting Competitions of CTIF.
Otto Drozd - Vice President since 2023
Executive Secretary, Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association | NFPA. Chief Otto Drozd has 35 years of firefighting experience, including 20 years as a fire chief in Florida and Texas. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Public Management and is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program. Chief Drozd's leadership led to the accelerated development of NFPA 3000™, the Standard for an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program. He is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences and has held key positions in prominent firefighting associations.
Martin Nekula - Vice President since 2023
Director of Chief Fire Officer’s Office at the Fire Rescue Brigade of Moravian-Silesian Region in the Czech Republic , responsible for Human Resources Management, Public Relations and Legislation Division. Specialist in the Education Area, Technical Expert of the Chemical and Technical Service. Project activity in the framework of Czech Association of Fire Officers and representation of association in the function of Vice-president.
Luc Faes - Vice President since 2023
Non-Voting Advisory Position Members:
Tore Eriksson, Past CTIF President and leader of the CTIF ISO 17840 Implementation Group.
Tore Eriksson was the President of CTIF between 2012 and 2020. Previously, he was the Chair of the Hazardous Materials Commission. He is currently also a member of the Extrication and New Technology Commission. Mr Eriksson served until 2013 as head of department for the RIB Decision Support Systems at the Swedish Rescue Services Agency (MSB.se).
Dennis Davis, Senior Adviser to the CTIF Executive Committee
Mr Davis has an extensive fire and rescue service background, and is an independent international fire and civil protection adviser.
In the UK he also serves as an Executive Officer of the Fire Sector Federation.
Tom van Esbroeck, Project Adviser (from 2019, for one year)
Mr Van Esbroeck is active as Liaison Officer for Fire & Rescue in the National Crisis Center in Belgium and involved in several projects concerning firefighting.
Björn Ulfsson, Communications Coordinator for CTIF and Website Content Manager since 2017.
Canada / Sweden
Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB.se) 2008 - 2014. Mr Ulfsson has an extensive background in producing educational material for firefighters.
Russia´s CTIF Vice President is on temporary suspension, as of March 2, 2022
Anatoly M. Suprunovsky, Vice President since 2020 (Russia)
PLEASE OBSERVE: Russia´s participation in CTIF activities is currently placed on suspension until further notice. Read CTIF´s official statement regarding the ongoing armed conflict in Ukraine.
Serves as the Deputy Minister of Emercom of Russia - the Ministry of Civil Defence, Emergencies and Disaster Relief
Previously, Mr Suprunovsky was the chief of the Academy of the Public fire service Emercom of Russia.
Graduate from the St. Petersburg university of the public fire service of the Ministry of Emergency Situations.