Role of professionals in bushfire risk reduction – BPAD updates

Maria’s talk will reflect on the development over time of professionalism in bushfire planning and design practitioners. It establishes a summary of the key competencies required of bushfire professionals, and reflect upon differences in how states and territories have endorsed bushfire professionals as valued practitioners, improving the management of risk in interface areas between vegetation and human settlements. It will conclude with summary of BPAD activities and work that has been done over the past year.

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Dr. Maria Kornakova

Manager Bushfire Services, FPA Australia

Dr Maria Kornakova is Manager Bushfire Services at FPA Australia. Architect by training, Maria completed Masters degree in Urban and Regional planning as Fulbright Scholar. She successfully completed PhD at the University of Melbourne and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Melbourne and Massey University, NZ. The key focus of her research and professional interest is bushfire risk reduction practices through building, planning and architecture. Maria transferred to the industry to practically apply skills and knowledge gained over the years of her academic career and joined FPA Australia in December 2018 as Bushfire Services Coordinator and was promoted as Manager two years later.