Prof Zainal is currently the Deputy Dean (Research & Innovation), Faculty of Engineering, UPM. He is also the Chair for National Mirror Committee of TC 81 on Lightning Protection, Past Chair of IEEE PES Malaysia, WG Member of IEEE PES Lightning Performance on Overhead Lines, Research Advisor for the African Centre for Lightning and Electromagnetic (ACLE) and the Advisor of Centre for Electromagnetic and Lightning Protection Research (CELP), UPM. He is a Local Convener for CIGRE C4 on System Technical Performance, Working Group Member for SC C4.39 on Surge Arrester and Board Member for National Lightning Safety Institute (NLSI), USA. He is a Professional Engineer (PEng) and a Chartered Engineer (CEng), as well as member of IEM, IET, CIGRE and Senior Member of IEEE. Prof Zainal is also an IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Distinguished Lecturer, in the field of lightning and high voltage engineering.