Who are the ITA young members?

The ITA young members (ITAym) include all young professionals in tunnelling from all over the world under 35 years.

ITAym objectives and key activities are set out to create an international professional networking platform and support other Member Nations in establishing their own national Young Member organisations.

Officially founded at the ITA General Assembly 2014 in Iguazu, Brazil, the ITAym-group consists now of more than 30 Member Nations and has still a lot of potential to develop and motivate young professionals to get involved in the world of tunnelling.

The ITAym mission is to:

  • Provide international information hubs for young professionals in the tunnelling & underground space industry to enable the exchange of experience and to build on the professional network.
  • Outline the need to bridge the gap between generations and embrace the opportunity to network across generations in the industry.
  • Improve awareness of the tunnelling & underground space industry to new generations.
  • To provide young professionals and students with a voice in the ITA.
  • To look after the next generation of tunnelling professionals and to pass on the aims and ideals of the ITA.

 Additional information and links to the annual magazine of the ITAym:


ITAym Steering Committee

The ITAym steering committee is composed as following:CHAIR:

  • Keith Bannermann (Australia)
  • VICE-CHAIR: Jasmin Amberg (Switzerland)
  • Chrysothemis Paraskevopoulou (UK)
  • Nicolas Ziv (France)
  • Jekaterina Jonsson (Sweden)
  • Sandeep Singh Nirmal (India)

The board members are elected for periods of 2 years. The Chair and Vice-Chair get elected from the board itself and had to be member of the board for at least one year before their election. At WTC 2020 some of the steering committee members will step down or must get re-elected. There will be only one member (Sandeep) who still have another year on the board as he got elected last WTC in Naples. 

One member per country (the official ym-representative of the nation) is authorized to vote, so get in touch with your ITA member nation tunnelling association if you are interested to actively participate to the assembly and make sure the association designate you as the official ym-representative of your nation!

As per the steering board elections, any tunnel engineer under the age of 35 is very welcome to apply, provided that she/he is also a member of one of the National Associations, recognized as Member Nations within the ITA-AITES organization.

The Steering Board is looking to involve ambitious and enthusiastic young tunnellers from around the globe to be an active part of the organization, on condition that she/he is:

  • Enthusiastic about Tunnelling, in all its forms and technical/business aspects.
  • Connected with the younger generation to encourage them getting involved.
  • Committed in terms of time to meet with the rest of the board and work on specific tasks.
  • Eager to be involved and help shape the future of Young Tunnellers in the ITA-AITES.

Walk up nominees at the WTC Young Members General Meeting will also be accepted, even if they have not previously responded to the call for nominations.

Attendance at the WTC is not required from candidates, however the nominees are encouraged to present themselves in the ITA-YM General Meeting either personally or via video-message to enforce their candidacy. Candidates can also step up at the General Meeting on the day.     
However, all candidates are strongly suggested to send their résumé and this form (Click here) to by end of April 2020 to have sufficient time for the board to review their application and circulate information timely to the Member Nations’ young member representatives.


Activities of the ITAym during WTC 2020

The ITAym board together with the Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM) young members’ representatives is organizing a number of events built up to involve in both professional and networking activities the international young members in the days they will spend in Kuala Lumpur at WTC.

  • Monday May 18th, Evening: Social and networking Event for young members
  • Wednesday May 20th, Morning: ITAym General Assembly

Beside the official events of the ITAym there are also very interesting events for young engineers close to the WTC:

We look forward to a fantastic turn out in Kuala Lumpur. See you there!

Please let us know if you have any queries regarding the ITAym or the ITA more broadly via


Download registration form for Steering Board candidate - Click here


1st Symposium for Young Tunnellers of Asia (SYTA) 2020 - Click Here to register