Leadership image for 19th IGS Council

In June, the results of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) Council elections were announced. Since that announcement, the IGS Council has officially passed tasks and responsibilities from the 18th IGS Council to the 19th. Part of this business has included the naming of additional co-opted and invited members to this essential panel of international leaders for the field of geosynthetics.


The co-opted members announced by IGS Secretariat Terry Paulo on 3 August 2020 include:

  • Chiwan Wayne Hsieh (Taiwan)
  • Hong Kwan (Hogan) Kim (Korea)
  • Erol Tutumluer (USA)
  • Chao Xu (China)
  • Kasia Zamara (UK)

Invited members of the IGS Council include:

  • Fatma Baligh (Egypt)
  • Andre Estevao Silva (Brazil)
  • Vivek Kapadia (India)
  • Dawie Marx (USA) – Chair of the Young Members Committee

Co-opted members, it should be noted, enjoy the same voting rights as elected members of the Council. Co-opted members subsequently serve until the first ballot after the date of their co-option, at which point they have the option to retire or stand for election.

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These new members join elected members:

IGS Officers

President: Chungsik Yoo (Korea)
Vice President: Nathalie Touze (France)
Treasurer: Ian Fraser (United Kingdom)
Secretary: Edoardo Zannoni (South Africa)
Immediate Past President: Russell Jones (United Kingdom)

IGS Council (Elected)

Dimiter Alexiew (Germany)
Sam Allen (USA)
Laura Carbone (Italy)
Jacques Cote (Canada)
Francesco Fontana (Italy)
Jie Han (USA)
Takeshi Katsumi (Japan)
Jacek Kawalec (Poland)
Preston Kendall (Australia)
Dr. Yoshihisa Miyata (Japan)
Jabulile Msiza (South Africa)
Pietro Rimoldi (Italy)
Dr. Timothy Stark (USA)
Helmut Zanzinger (Germany)

The IGS Council provides essential guidance and financial support to the professional society’s global initiatives, journals, events, chapter formation, and more. Their constituents include roughly 4000 individual members and 160 corporate members across more than 40 chapters.

IGS Council Election 2020 - Winning Candidates
The 2020-elected members of the IGS Council. From Left-Right: Dr. Laura Carbone (Germany), Francesco Fontana (Italy), Dr. Jacek Kawalec (Poland), Dr. Yoshihisa Miyata (Japan), Jabulile Msiza (South Africa), Dr. Timothy Stark (USA), and Helmut Zanzinger (Germany). Photos via the IGS website.

IGS Secretariat Manager: Terry Ann Paulo. For IGS Council contact information please visit www.geosyntheticssociety.org.

The IGS is a member of the Federation of International Geoengineering Societies (FedIGS), along with sister societies the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE), the International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment (IAGE), and the International Society for Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering (ISRM).