Akhil Kumar Das obtained BTech (ChE) from IIT Delhi and MS (Fire Protection Engg.) from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA. He is the first Indian to hold the latter degree and among the first three graduates of the programme. Currently, he is Visiting Professor at University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES), Dehradun, Consultant Professor at NETES Institute of Technology and Science (NITS), Guwahati and a practising consultant. He served as Head of Fire Safety Engineering & Management, International College of Engineering & Management, Muscat, Oman. He has vast industry experience as Chief Manager, Safety & Environment, Bongaigaon Refinery & Petrochemicals Ltd., Senior Engineer, HSE Technical Support, KNPC, Kuwait, and in Assam Oil Company and Indian Oil Corporation.
Mr. Das has promoted fire and explosion awareness extensively through training, consulting, and development of training modules. He has published articles and investigation reports in Indian and international journals and presented conference papers at the American Petroleum Institute, American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the International Fire Protection Engineering Institute. He has been Chief Safety Officer and Management Representative for EMS ISO 14001 and a third party Auditor of OISD. A Fellow of the Institution of Engineers (India) and Senior Member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Member of the Salamander Fire Protection Engineering Honorary Society, USA, he has also been Fellow of The Institution of Fire Engineers, UK.