IGS Council

About The Council

The IGS Council is responsible for the management of the Society in accordance with its bylaws, objectives and policies.  Meeting at least once a year, it sets IGS’s working program and supervises the finances. The Council consists of 10-16 Elected Members, excluding the President and Vice President, and up to five Co-opted Members, and a number of Invited Members. All are drawn from – and representative of – the IGS membership. There are five elected Council Officers: President, Vice-President, Immediate Past President, Secretary and Treasurer.

Further details are available in the Bylaws.

Meet The Council

IGS Officers

Sam Allen

IGS President

Mr. Sam Allen is the Director of the TRI Environmental Group (TRI), a globally active, independent geosynthetic laboratory and research services provider. His work over the past 35 years has involved significant interaction with public and private entities around the world giving him a strong understanding of the needs in world regions for geosynthetics, infrastructure, and sustainability.

Edoardo Zannoni​

IGS Vice President

Mr. Edoardo Zannoni is a Senior Civil Engineer at Knight Piesold Southern Africa, working on projects across the continent. He was previously Secretary General of the IGS and President of the Geosynthetics Interest Group of South Africa.

Laura Carbone

IGS Secretary General

Dr. Laura Carbone is a senior engineer at HUESKER Synthetic in Germany. She has actively served the IGS for 10 years. She co-founded the IGS Young Members Committee in 2012 and was the past Chair of the European Regional Activities Committee.

Jie Han

IGS Treasurer

Dr. Jie Han is the Glenn L. Parker Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Kansas in the USA. Dr. Han served as an elected IGS council member from 2018 to 2022 and led two task forces to develop the IGS Digital Library and the IGS University Lecture Series.

Chungsik Yoo

IGS Immediate Past President

Dr. Chungsik Yoo is a Chair Professor at the School of Civil and Architectural  Engineering at Sungkyunkwan University in Korea. Chungsik is President of the Federation for International Geo-Engineering Societies (FedIGS), an umbrella organisation of which the IGS is a member. He is also Immediate Past President of the Korean Geosynthetics Society, and Vice-President of the Korean Tunnelling and Underground Society. 

Council Members

Dimiter Alexiew
Francesco Fontana
Jacek Kawalec
Yoshi Miyata
Jabulile Msiza
Eric Blond
Patricia Guerra-Escobar
Nicola Moraci
Amir Shahkolahi

Tim Stark
Helmut Zanzinger
Erol Tutumluer
Chiwan Hsieh
Dawie Marx
Mikio Kubo

IGS Secretariat Manager

Elise Oatman

For IGS Council contact information please use the IGS Directory or contact the Secretariat Manager.

Past Council Members and Officers

Council Members:

Chungsik Yoo
President
Nathalie Touze
Vice President
Edoardo Zannoni
Secretary General
Ian Fraser
Treasurer
Russell Jones
Past President

Dimiter Alexiew
Sam Allen
Laura Carbone
Jacques Cote
Tim Stark
Francesco Fontana
Takeshi Katsumi
Jacek Kawalec
Preston Kendall
Hong Kwan (Hogan) Kim
Fatma Baligh
Vivek Kapadia

Chao Xu
Jie Han
Chiwan Hsieh
André Estêvão Silva
Dawie Marx
Pietro Rimoldi
Jabulile Msiza
Yoshi Miyata
Helmut Zanzinger
Erol Tutumluer
Kasia Zamara

Council Members:

Chungsik Yoo
IGS President

Nathalie Touze
IGS Vice President

Edoardo Zannoni
IGS Secretary Chair

Ian Fraser
IGS Treasurer

Russell Jones
Immediate Past President

Dimiter Alexiew
Sam Allen
Laura Carbone
Jacques Cote
Francesco Fontana
Pietro Rimoldi
Takeshi Katsumi
Jacek Kawalec
Preston Kendall
Hong Kwan (Hogan) Kim
Jabulile Msiza
Yoshi Miyata
Helmut Zanzinger
Erol Tutumluer
Chao Xu
Jie Han
Chiwan Hsieh
Kasia Zamara
Fatma Baligh
André Estêvão Silva
Vivek Kapadia
Tim Stark
Dawie Marx

Council Members:

Russell Jones
IGS President

Chungsik Yoo
IGS Vice President

Elizabeth Peggs
IGS Secretary

Peter Lagg
IGS Treasurer

Jorge G. Zornberg
Immediate Past President

Sam Allen 
Augusto V. Alza
Gerhard Brau
Jacques Cote
Kazem Fakharian
Francesco Fontana
Ian Fraser
Erol Guler
Warren Hornsey 
Chiwan Hsieh
Rajagopal Karpurapu
Takeshi Katsumi
Jacek Kawalec
Hong Kwan
Junichi Koseki
Flavio Teixeira Montez

Boyd Ramsey 
Pietro Rimoldi
Nathalie Touze-Foltz
Kent von Maubeuge
Chao Xu
Edoardo Zannoni
Martin Ziegler

Council Members:

Russell Jones
IGS President

Chingsik Yoo
IGS Vice President

Elizabeth Peggs
IGS Secretary

Peter Legg, PrEng
IGS Treasurer

Jorge G. Zornberg
Immediate Past President

Mr. Sam R. Allen 
Prof. Dennes T. Bergado
Mr. Eric Blond
Dipl.-Ing. Gerhard Bräu
Jacques Cote
Mr. Ian Fraser
Dr. Fazli Erol Guler
Univ.Prof.Dr.-Ing. Martin Ziegler
Mr. Warren Hornsey 
Dr. Hsieh, Chiwan
Dr.Eng. Takeshi Katsumi
Dr. Jacek Kawalec
Prof. Jiro Kuwano
Eng. Flávio Teixeira Montez
Prof. Nicola Moraci

Eng. Victor Eduardo Pimentel
Prof. K. Rajagopal 
Mr. Boyd J. Ramsey
Ing. Pietro Rimoldi
Dr. Nathalie Touze-Foltz, Ph.D.
i. V. Kent P. von Maubeuge
Mr. Edoardo Zannoni

Council Members:

Dr. Jorge G. Zornberg, P.E.
IGS President

Dr. Russell Jones
IGS Vice President

Mrs. Elizabeth Peggs
IGS Secretary

Mr. Peter Legg, PrEng
IGS Treasurer

Prof. Fumio Tatsuoka
Immediate Past President

Mr. Sam R. Allen 
Mr. Eric Blond
Prof. Chungsik Yoo
Dr. Neil Dixon
Dr. Nathalie Touze-Foltz, Ph.D.
Mr. Juan Carlos Rivera Baca
Prof. K. Rajagopal
Mr. John W. Cowland
Prof. Jun Otani 
Mr. Pedro Abad Santos
Prof. Xiao-Wu Tang
Dr. Fazli Erol Guler
Prof. Dennes T. Bergado
Mr. Warren Hornsey

i. V. Kent P. von Maubeuge 
Prof. Nicola Moraci
Univ.Prof.Dr.-Ing. Martin Ziegler
Eng. Victor Eduardo Pimentel
Prof. Jiro Kuwano
Mr. Boyd J. Ramsey
Mr. Edoardo Zannoni

Council Members:

Dr. Jorge G. Zornberg, P.E.
IGS President

Dr. Russell Jones
IGS Vice President

Mrs. Elizabeth Peggs
IGS Secretary

Mr. Peter Legg, PrEng
IGS Treasurer

Prof. Fumio Tatsuoka
Immediate Past President

Mr. Sam R. Allen
Mr. Eric Blond
Prof. Chungsik Yoo 
Dr. Neil Dixon
Dr. Nathalie Touze-Foltz, Ph.D.
Eng. Germán Vivar
Prof. K. Rajagopal
Mr. Peter Legg, PrEng
Prof. Jun Otani
Mr. Pedro Abad Santos 
Prof. Xiao-Wu Tang
Dr. Abdelmalek Bouazza
Prof. Dennes T. Bergado

Ing. Pierpaolo Fantini
Dr. Han-Yong Jeon 
Mr. Mike Sadlier
Univ.Prof.Dr.-Ing. Martin Ziegler
Eng. Victor Eduardo Pimentel
Prof. Jiro Kuwano

Council Members:

Prof. Fumio Tatsuoka
IGS President

Dr. Jorge G. Zornberg, P.E.
IGS Vice President

Mr. Peter E. Stevenson
IGS Secretary

Mr. John W. Cowland
IGS Treasurer

Dr. Ing. Daniele A. Cazzuffi
Immediate Past President

Mr. Sam R. Allen 
Prof. Dennes T. Bergado
Dr. Abdelmalek Bouazza
Dipl.-Ing. Gerhard Bräu
Prof. Yun-min Chen
Dr. Neil Dixon
Ing. Pierpaolo Fantini
Eng. Jose Ferreyros
Mr. Nicolas Freitag 
Dr. Han-Yong Jeon
Dr. Russell Jones
Prof. Jiro Kuwano
Mr. Peter Legg, PrEng
Prof. Michele Maugeri

Prof. Jun Otani 
Dr. Ennio Marques Palmeira
Mrs. Elizabeth Peggs
Eng. Victor Eduardo Pimentel
Mr. Mike Sadlier
Univ.Prof.Dr.-Ing. Martin Ziegler

Council Members:

Prof. Fumio Tatsuoka
IGS President

Dr. Jorge G. Zornberg, P.E.
IGS Vice President

Mr. Peter E. Stevenson
IGS Secretary

Mr. John W. Cowland
IGS Treasurer

Dr. Ing. Daniele A. Cazzuffi
Immediate Past President

Mr. Patrice Allemand
Mr. Sam Allen
Dipl.-Ing. Gerhard Bräu
Mr. John H. Dixon
Mr. Nicolas Freitag
Prof. Michele Maugeri
Prof. Jun Otani
Dr. Ennio Marques Palmeira
Mrs. Elizabeth Peggs
Eng. Jose Ferreyros
Prof. Yun-min Chen
Mr. Peter Legg, PrEng

Dr. Abdelmalek Bouazza 
Prof. Masashi Kamon
Mr. Bernard Myles MICE SVR DECEASED
Mr. Mike Sadlier
Dr. Eun-Chul Shin

Council Members:

Dr. Ing. Daniele A. Cazzuffi
IGS President

Prof. Fumio Tatsuoka
IGS President

Mr. Peter E. Stevenson
IGS Secretary

Ir. Wim Voskamp
IGS Treasurer

Dr. Richard J. Bathurst
Immediate Past President

Dr. Abdelmalek Bouazza
Ing. Pierpaolo Fantini
Mrs. Danette R. Halloran
Mr. John W. Cowland
Prof. Masashi Kamon 
Mr. Bernard Myles
Mr. Mike Sadlier 
Dr. Jorge G. Zornberg, P.E.
Dipl.-Ing. Gerhard Bräu
Mr. Stephen P. Corbet

Mr. Philippe Delmas 
Prof. Michele Maugeri
Dr. Ennio Marques Palmeira
Mr. Seung-Mock Shin

Council Members:

Dr. Ing. Daniele A. Cazzuffi
IGS President

Prof. Fumio Tatsuoka
IGS Vice President

Mr. Peter E. Stevenson
IGS Secretary

Mr. Phillippe Delmas
IGS Treasurer

Dr. Richard J. Bathurst
Immediate Past President

Dipl.-Ing. Gerhard Bräu 
Mr. Stephen P. Corbet
Prof. Michele Maugeri
Dr. Hiroshi Miki
Ir. Wim Voskamp
Eng. Ernesto Alió
Prof. Bao Cheng-Gang
Dr. Barry R. Christopher. P.E. 
Prof. Bao Cheng-Gang
Mrs. Danette R. Halloran
Mr. John W. Cowland
Prof. Masashi Kamon
Dr. Valentin Feodorov

Prof. Jean Lafleur
Dr. Eun-Soo Lee 
Maria de Lurdes Lopes
Mr. Bernard Myles MICE SVR DECEASED
Mr. James Paul DECEASED
Mr. Mike Sadlier

Council Members:

Dr. Richard J. Bathurst
IGS President

Dr. Ing. Daniele A. Cazzuffi
IGS Vice President

Mr. Peter E. Stevenson
IGS Secretary

Mr. Philippe Delmas
IGS Treasurer

Prof. Colin J.F.P. Jones
Immediate Past President

Mr. John W. Cowland
Mrs. Danette R. Halloran
Prof. Masashi Kamon 
Prof. Jean Lafleur
Prof. Song Lee
Maria de Lurdes Lopes
Mr. Bernard Myles
Mr. James Paul 
Dr. Valentin Feodorov
Mr. Mike Sadlier
Dr. James G. Collin, P.E.
Mr. Stephen P. Corbet

Prof. Jean-Pierre Gourc 
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Georg Heerten
Dr. Ennio Marques Palmeira
Ing. Pietro Rimoldi
Prof. Fumio Tatsuoka