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  New members of the Board of Directors - 2013-15

Dimitris KaliampakosDimitris C. Kaliampakos, President  (Greece)

Mr. Dimitris Kaliampakos is a professor in Environmental Mining and the Director of the Laboratory of Mining and Environmental Technology located at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). He is also Member of the Board of Directors in the Lavrion Technological and Cultural Park and consultant in Mining Enterprises and in Environmental Protection since more than 20 years.  Until now he published more than 130 papers and 3 books  in international peer-reviewed Journals and Conferences Proceedings. He was the Vice President of ACUUS since 2007 and the President of the Organizing Committee of the 11th International Conference of ACUUS, held in Athens in 2007.
Zhou Yingxin  Zhou Yingxin, Vice-president  (Singapore)
Dr. Yingxin Zhou is Senior Principal Engineer and Head of Cavern Facilities & Rock Engineering with the Defence Science & Technology Agency (DSTA), and Adjunct Associate Professor at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Dr. Zhou is Vice President for Asia of the International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM). Dr. Zhou serves as a member of the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Tunnelling & Underground Space Technology, and for the International Journal of Mining and Mineral Engineering. He was the President of the Organizing Committee of the the 14th World Conference of ACUUS held in Singapore in November 2012.

Sanja ZlatanicSanja Zlatanic, Secretary General (U.S.A.)
Mrs. Sanja Zlatanic serves as HNTB¡¯s vice president and chief tunnel engineer. With 25 years of experience in the industry of tunnels and complex underground structures, she has been carrying a forefront leadership role in multitude of mega transportation projects nationwide and internationally. Recently, Mrs. Zlatanic has been tasked with independent design verification of the Istanbul Strait Road Crossing Tunnel project, and with a role on an expert review panel overseeing the design of Seattle¡¯s Alaskan Way Tunnel project. Sanja Zlatanic also has authored numerous articles, chaired conference sessions and made presentations on the design and construction of tunnels and underground facilities at various tunneling conferences. She is the Secretary General of ACUUS since 2013.

Yuan SiYuan Si, Director Asia (China)
Prof. Yuan Si was promoted as an Associate Professor at the Tsinghua University of Beijing in 1989 and a full Professor in 1991. He was appointed to be the head of the Department of Civil Engineering in 1998, the first Dean of the School of Civil Engineering in 2000 and the Vice President of Tsinghua University in 2008.  He is also Vice-president of China Civil Engineering Society (CCES), member of the Standing-committee of National People's Congress of China (NPC) and the Vice Director of the Environmental Protection and Resources Conservation Committee, NPC, China. He was the Secretary General of ACUUS from 2007 to 2013.

Takayuki Kishii   Takayuki KishiiDirector Asia (Japan)
Since 1992,  Professor Kishii is teaching at the Dept. of Civil Engineering, College of Science & Technology, NIHON Univ. Before, from 1977-1992, he was Senior Deputy Director of Planning Division at the Ministry of Construction (MOC). He is member of ¡°The Japan Society of Civil Engineers¡± and of the ¡°Architectural Institute of Japan. He was President of ¡°The City Planning Institute of Japan, Chairperson of the Committee on Underground Space Research  of the City Planning Committee of Kawasaki City, Chairperson of the of the Landscape Committee in Tokyo Prefecture,  Professional Member of City Planning Central Committee, M.O.C. and Member of City Planning Committee in Koshigaya-City.

Evasio Lavagno Evasio Lavagno, Director Europe (Italy)
Mr. Evasio Lavagno is professor at Politecnico di Torino with teaching activities in graduate and post-graduate courses at the Energy School of the Engineering Faculty. He was Dean of the Energy School from 1993 to 2003. He is also Director of the Italian Branch of the European post-Graduate Master in Energy, Technology and Environment and Director of the Energy Analysis and Modelling Laboratory (LAME). From 2000 to 2007, Prof. Lavagno was Vice-president of ACUUS and he is still member for Europe of the Board of Directors. He was the President of the Organizing Committee of the the 9th International Conference of ACUUS held in Torino in November 2002

Sergey Alpatov  Sergey Alpatov, Director Europe (Russia)

Sergey Alpatov started his career in 1980 in Lenmetrostroy (the organization responsible for construction of underground railway sections). He worked as General Director of the geodesy and mine surveying enterprise Metrospetsstroy and as General Director of MIST Corporation ("Metro Investitsii Stroitelstvo" ¨C "Metro Investment Construction"). Since 2008, Sergey Alpatov has been the Director General of the non-profit partnership Association of Underground Builders and of the Union of Builders of Underground Structures, Industrial and Civil Construction, the Deputy Chairman of the Committee for Development of Underground Space of the National Association of Builders of Russia, a member of the Board of the Russian Tunneling Association, and President of the Russian Society for Trenchless Technology.


John Zacharias  John P. Zacharias, Director Americas (Canada)

From 2002 to 2012, Professor Zacharias was Director, Urban Studies Programme, and Chair, Dept. of Geography, Environment and Planning at the Concordia University, in Montreal. Before, from 1991 to 2002, he was  Associate Professor at the Concordia University. Dr. Zacharias research on pedestrianization has led to several international collaborations, many related to the urban underground space (Rotterdam, Osaka, Paris, San Francisco, Tianjin, Shanghai, Beijing, etc.)


HC RhimRhim Hong Chul , Invited Director (Korea)

Professor Hong Chul Rhim is the Director of RCUUS and one of leading researchers in the area with more than 200 publications, 14 patents, and over 60 research project experience. The RCUUS (Research Center for Urban Underground Space) was first organized in the Department of Architectural Engineering at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea in 2007.  In 2012, the RCUUS expands its scope including planning, design, policy, engineering, construction, safety, monitoring, energy, and environment to become a center of urban underground space research in Korea.  He was the President of the Organizing Committee of the the 14th World Conference of ACUUS to be held in Seoul in September 2014.


Jacques Besner
Jacques Besner,  General Manager (Canada)
Jacques Besner is a consultant in urban underground space planning. With a background in architecture and urban planning, he worked 30 years as a municipal planner at the City of Montr¨¦al and was in charge of the Underground City development. He was one of the founding member of ACUUS, with the former President Ray Sterling, and its Secretary General from 1997 to 2007. In 1997, he was President of the Organizing Committee of the 7th International Conference of ACUUS in Montreal. He is now acting as the General Manager of the organization.



Modified:  November 2013