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Vifkon Ltd. Unit 27, Shore Road, Jordanstown, BT37 0QB, UK.

Tel. +44 (0) 28 90 368302, Fax. +44 (0) 28 90 368726, email:

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Faris Ali is a Professor of Structural Fire Engineering at the University of Ulster and the Founder and Executive Director of Vifkon ltd. He is one of the world’s leading experts in structures’ and materials’ performance under fire and blast conditions.    Prof.  Faris is the Award winner of the best invention in Hi-Tech in Northern Ireland for the year 2012.   He is also a finalist in the Irish Times and IntertradeIreland Innovation Award 2013. Additionally, he is the founder and the Editor-in-Chief of the first ever peer-reviewed research journal specializing in structural behavior in fire, "Journal of Structural Fire Engineering". Professor Faris is the holder of 3 patents related with fire and blast technologies. He has attracted more than 2.6 Million Pounds of industrial and research grants including EPSRC, FP7,  InvestNI. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, member of the British Standards Fire Resistance Tests Committee FSH/22, a visiting Professor at the Warsaw University of Technology, member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Applied Fire Science, member of the scientific committee of the SIF (Structures in Fire) conference, and many other prestigious bodies.  Faris is an advisor for many prominent international bodies including the United Nations, the Swiss Science Foundation, the European Research Council, the Science Foundation of the Czech Republic and many others. He has more than 100 research papers published in peer reviewed Journals.

Professor Faris Ali

Executive Director

Ms Caroline McGoran


Mr. Mike Bowman


Caroline has a background in Corporate Finance and Venture Capital.  She joined the Office of Innovation in 2008 as a Technology Transfer Manager, and is currently Head of Investment and Enterprise.  Caroline focuses on the commercialisation, financing and development of early stage companies.  Caroline is the Innovation Ulster Limited representative on the board of Vifkon Ltd.