John Cowland is a Geotechnical and Geosynthetics Engineering Consultant, based in Hong Kong, China, with over 40years of experience. He has provided advice to more than 60government and private sector clients throughout the Asia Pacific region on geotechnical, environmental and geosynthetic projects; including solid waste landfills, tunnels, mines, dams, deep excavations, soil slopes, rock slopes, coastal reclamations, soft ground, foundations, liquid storage and disposal of contaminated soil. He has advised on the use of geosynthetics in all these areas, often in an innovative manner. John has also provided advice on project management for tunnelling, water supply and environmental projects up to US$ 12billion in value. He has published over 50technical papers on Geotechnical Engineering and Geosynthetics. John was a Council Member of the IGS from 2000 to 2014. He is a Member of the Environmental Geotechnics Committee TC 215 and the Tailings and Mine Waste CommitteeTC 221 of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering and he is a Past Chairman of the Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists Hong Kong.