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About WTC2023 Organization   

The ITA-AITES WTC2023 is managed by the Executive Organizing Committee which includes all elected members of the Greek Tunnelling Society and is further strengthened by experienced Academics and Industry Professionals. The Executive Organizing Committee is joined by the ITA Executive Director and communicates directly with the ITA Executive Council via both the ITA Executive Director and the assigned “ex officio” member in ITA Ex-Co.

Organizing Structure

Organizing Committee

Principal Design Manager at EDAFOS Engineering Consultants S.A. / ex-President of GTS
Ioannis Fikiris
Ioannis Fikiris
Chair of the Organizing Committee
Former Head of Concession Transport Infrastructure Directorate / ex-President of GTS
Ioannis Bakogiannis
Ioannis Bakogiannis
Organizing Committee co-Chair
Principal Geotechnical and Tunnel Engineering Consultant
Nikolaos Roussos
Nikolaos Roussos
President of Greek Tunnelling Society
Tunnelling – Geotechnical Engineering Division, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Prof. George Anagnostou
Prof. George Anagnostou
Scientific Committee Chair
Associate Professor NTUA, School of Civil Engineering / Vice President IAEG
Prof. Vassilis Marinos
Prof. Vassilis Marinos
Program Committee co-Chair
Professor NTUA, School of Mining & Metallurgical Eng / Board Member GTS
Prof. Andreas Benardos
Prof. Andreas Benardos
Program Committee co-Chair
Civil Engineer ATTIKO METRO S.A. / Treasurer of GTS
Evangelos Pergantis
Evangelos Pergantis
Schedule – Budget – Cost Control Chair
V. Prof. Imperial College, London / Director at EDAFOS S.A. / ex-President of GTS
Dr. George Dounias
Dr. George Dounias
Sponsorships & Exhibits Committee Chair
Civil Engineer ATTIKO METRO S.A. / Vice President of GTS
Dimitrios Alifragis
Dimitrios Alifragis
Technical Visits Committee co-Chair
Teaching & Research Associate NTUA / School of Mining Eng & Metallurgy
Dr. Paraskevi Yiouta-Mitra
Dr. Paraskevi Yiouta-Mitra
Technical Visits, Web & Media Communication Committee Co-Chair
Assistant Professor University of Leeds / ITACUS / ITA-CET / ITAy
Prof. Chrysothemis Paraskevopoulou
Prof. Chrysothemis Paraskevopoulou
ITA-CET Training courses Committee Chair & Young Members group coordinator
Mechanical Engineer ATTIKO METRO S.A.
Dr. George Leoutsakos
Dr. George Leoutsakos
Logistics and Venue Supervision Committee Chair
Senior Tunnel Engineer, Voessing Engineers mbH
Chara Kalogeraki
Chara Kalogeraki
Marketing/ Information Committee co-chair
Civil Engineer, Tunnel Design Project Manager at Omikron Kappa Consulting S.A.
Marilia Balasi
Marilia Balasi
Marketing / Information Committee Chair
Geotechnical & Tunnel Engineering Consultant at Omikron Kappa Consulting S.A.
Dr. George Proutzopoulos
Dr. George Proutzopoulos
Web & Media Communication Committee Chair
Associate Professor NTUA, School of Mechanical Engineering
Κonstantinos Kirytopoulos
Κonstantinos Kirytopoulos
Registration, Hospitality & Delegates Services Chair
Senior Tunnel Engineer at Mott MacDonald
Dr. Dimitrios Litsas
Dr. Dimitrios Litsas
Social Program Committee Chair
Tunnel Design Manager at STRABAG UK
George Doulkas
George Doulkas
Young Members group coordinator
National Technical University of Athens
Prof. Theodosios Tassios
em. Prof. Theodosios Tassios
Scientific Counselor
Olivier Vion
Olivier Vion
Executive Director ITA-AITES

ITA - AITES Committee

Olivier Vion
Olivier Vion

 (

France

)

ITA Executive Director
Prof. Jinxiu (Jenny) Yan
Prof. Jinxiu (Jenny) Yan

 (

China

)

ITA-AITES / President
Prof. Tarcisio B. Celestino
Prof. Tarcisio B. Celestino

 (

Brazil

)

ITA-AITES / Past-President
Lars Babendererde
Lars Babendererde

 (

Germany

)

ITA-AITES / First Vice-President
Prof. Arnold Dix
Prof. Arnold Dix

 (

New Zeland

)

ITA-AITES / Vice-President
Randal Essex
Randal Essex

 (

USA

)

ITA-AITES / Vice-President
Giuseppe Lunardi
Giuseppe Lunardi

 (

Italy

)

ITA-AITES / Vice-President
Abidemi Agwor
Abidemi Agwor

 (

Nigeria

)

ITA-AITES / Executive Council Member
Hamdi Aydin
Hamdi Aydin

 (

Turkey

)

ITA-AITES / Executive Council Member
Prof. Hangseok Choi
Prof. Hangseok Choi

 (

Korea

)

ITA-AITES / Executive Council Member
Jeyatharan Kumarasamy
Jeyatharan Kumarasamy

 (

Singapore

)

ITA-AITES / Executive Council Member
Dr. Andres Marulanda
Dr. Andres Marulanda

 (

Colombia

)

ITA-AITES / Executive Council Member
Prof. Jamal Rostami
Prof. Jamal Rostami

 (

Canada

)

ITA-AITES / Executive Council Member
Gerard Seingre
Gerard Seingre

 (

Switzerland

)

ITA-AITES / Treasurer
Soren Eskesen 
Soren Eskesen

 (

Denmark

)

ITA-AITES / Executive Council Member

Professor Kyriazis Pitilakis

Professor Emeritus, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece
Vice-President of the European Association of Earthquake Engineering
(www.eaee.org)

Professor Kyriazis Pitilakis has more than forty years of intensive academic, research and professional experience in civil, earthquake and geotechnical engineering. Vice-President of the European Association of Earthquake Engineering (EAEE) (www.eaee.org), ex- Chairman of the Technical Committee “Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering andAssociated Problems” (TC203) of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE), and past President of the Greek Society of Earthquake Engineering. He is presently Professor Emeritus in Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece and since 2019 visiting Professor in Tongji University, International Laboratory of earthquake Engineering (ILEE), Shanghai, China.

Coordinator and scientific responsible of numerous European research projects, namely EUROSEISTEST (euroseisdb.civil.auth.gr) and SYNER-G (www.syner-g.eu), he has a long experience in European research activities in earthquake engineering, geotechnical engineering, vulnerability and risk assessment of civil engineering structures, infrastructures and lifelines. According to the recent Stanford classification he is among the top 10 leading researchers in Civil Engineering in Greece, and among the top 10 leading international researchers in specific topics like Soil Dynamics, Engineering Seismology and Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering.

Chairman of several international conferences including the 16th European Conference of Earthquake Engineering, Thessaloniki 2018 and invited keynote lecturer in many International Conferences. Author of more than 650 scientific papers (h-factor 57) published in peer review scientific journals, and conference proceedings, author and co-author in several books, editor of four books published in Springer Editions, all in relevant subjects of earthquake engineering, seismic risk and geotechnical earthquake engineering. Professor Kyriazis Pitilakis is founder and coordinator of EUROSEISTEST, a large scale experimental facility in earthquake engineering, soil dynamics and engineering seismology that is unique in Europe and worldwide. He supervised more that 30 PhD thesis and numerous of his students hold academic positions in Greece and worldwide.

Professor Kyriazis Pitilakis is strongly involved in the ongoing revision of EC8 (Part 1-Seismic Actions and Part 5-Seismic design of foundations, retaining structures, soilstructure interaction, liquefaction, slope stability and underground structures), while he has been international expert for the revision of other seismic codes worldwide.

He is member of the editorial advisory board in Springer editions (Geotechnical, Geological and Earthquake Engineering), member of the editorial board and reviewer of numerous scientific journals and member of many international societies in earthquake and geotechnical engineering.

Honors: Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques, French Republic.
Thessaloniki 06.06.2022

Professor Marc Panet

The 12th Muir Wood lecture will be delivered by Professor Marc Panet during the WTC2023 in Athens. His nomination being a Muir Wood lecturer was proposed by the French Tunnelling & Underground Space Association (AFTES) as per ITA’s Statues and By-laws.

Marc Panet graduated in Civil Engineering at the École des Mines de Paris and obtained a Master degree at the University of California at Berkeley. He started his career in 1965 at the Laboratoire Central des Ponts et Chaussées, in Paris, where he was a Research Engineer, Head of the Geotechnical Department and Technical Director. In 1982 he joined the SHP Group, in Paris, as Scientific Director. From 1984 to 1996 he was the President and CEO of SIMECSOL; and from 1996 to 2000 President and CEO of FC International SA. Since then he has been working as a consultant. He taught at the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, at the École des Mines and at the École Centrale des Arts et Manufactures, in Paris.

Marc has been in charge of numerous studies in geotechnical engineering for underground works, highways, bridges, and natural hazards. Among the main projects are: the Mont Blanc Tunnel (11.6km), the Frejus Road Tunnel (12.9 km), the Large Electron–Positron Collider (CERN in Geneva), the Channel Tunnel (from 1967 to the end of the construction), the Millau Bridge, the Loetschberg Base Tunnel (43 km), subways in Paris, Rennes, Caracas, Athens and Algiers, the slides of the city of Constantine (Algeria), the project of the suspended bridge on the Straits of Messina (Italy) and the project of the cable-stayed bridge on the Golden Horn (Turkey). He is presently involved in a large number of geotechnical projects.

He is the author of a large number of publications in professional journals and international conferences and of the well-known book “Calculation of tunnels using the convergence-confinement method”.

Marc Panet is a Honorary Member of the French Academy of Technology, Knight of the National Order of Merit and Knight of the Order of Academic Palms.