YP-Com Technical Commissions and Working Groups


YP-Com maintains an Observer on each Technical Commission and Cross-Commission Task/Expert Groups.

Each PIANC NS is entitled to appoint one YP. Every YP is co-ordinated by one of the elected YP-Com Observers.

Last update: March 2015


International Co-operation Commission (CoCom)

Available (Africa)

Available (America)

Available (Asian-Pacific)

Available (Europe)

Available (Middle East)



Environmental Commission (EnviCom)

Available (extra YP-Com Observer)

Jason Giovannettone (USA, YP-Com Observer)

Sandra Brasfield (USA)



Inland Navigation Commission (InCom)

Stefan Devocht (Belgium, YP-Com Observer)

Jürgen Trögl (Austria)



Maritime Navigation Commission (MarCom)

Available (YP-Com Observer)

Santiago Povedano Marcos (Spain, Secretary)

Kim Andersson-Berlin (Finland)

Hadewych Verhaeghe (Belgium)



Recreational Commission (RecCom)

Mariana Fernández (Uruguay, YP-Com Observer)



Financial Commission (FinCom)

Robin van der Sligte (The Netherlands, YP-Com Observer)



Promotional Commission (ProCom)

Hélène Masliah-Gilkarov (Austria, YP-Com Observer)



Climate Change Task Group (PTG CC)

Sandra Brasfield (USA, Secretary)

Jason Giovannettone (USA, YP-Com Observer)



Working with Nature Task Group (WwN)

Available (WwN, YP-Com Observer)

Pablo Arecco (Argentina, Jury)

Barbara Keri (Hungary, Jury Observer)



Each country is allowed two Principal Representatives and one Young Professional Representative in each Commission and Working Group. In addition, some Working Groups have sub-committees composed of several members from one or more countries. Advertisement for current Working Groups can be found on the PIANC website under Active Working Groups in the Menu bar on the left. Contact your National Section Commission Representative or the YP-Com Observer for more information on specific Working Groups.


Article 47 from PIANC Rules & Regulations:



a.    Each member country is entitled to propose from their membership one representative, one Alternate and one Young Professional, who are highly qualified, in each Commission, to be appointed by the First Delegate or his designee. CoCom will strive to achieve a goal of 50 % of its membership from Countries in Transition. Under CoCom, a new category of Corresponding Members within the Commission will also be permitted. Those members will have all the rights of full membership, except that they will not be permitted to vote on motions unless they are physically present at meetings. Corresponding Members from industrialised countries will be appointed by their National Sections; members from Countries in Transition can propose their own individual candidacies and be accepted at the discretion of the Chairman. In all cases, from the total of full and Corresponding Members, a minimum of 30 % will represent Countries in Transition. Each member country is entitled to appoint three representatives in YP-Com (similar to other Commissions), who at the beginning (or the prolongation) of their four-year mandate may not have reached the age of forty. Besides the three representatives in YP-Com, extra representatives from each member country can be appointed in YP-Com, but only if they have a specific task within YP-Com, such as serving as the YP-Com Observer in another PIANC Commission.

b.    YP-Com specific tasks for observer may cover the following points:

-          YP-Observer representing YP-Com into the other commissions. Their task is reporting YP-Com about the activities in each Commission, including maintaining a list of YPs on active working groups. In addition, the YP-Com Observer shall keep YPs involved in that Commission’s activities apprised of YP-Com activities.

-          YP-Observer representing YP-Com into Permanent Task Groups, Task Groups or any other particular activity.  The same requirements for the YP-Com Observer on a Commission apply to a YP-Com Observer on another PIANC group.

c.    A member of a Commission is appointed for a term of four years and can be reappointed for a maximum of two additional terms of four years. Upon request, the ExCom may accept re-appointment for an additional (fourth) term of four years in exceptional cases.

d.    Members must commit themselves:

-          to attend the meetings of the Commissions on a regular basis

-          to execute the actions that are assigned to them

-          to help review Working Group reports, assuring their accordance with the approved terms of reference and with the high technical standards that PIANC wants to uphold

-          to provide advice when requested within a reasonable amount of time

-          to represent PIANC in events (within their country)

e.    Associated Sister Organisations are entitled to nominate one representative and one alternate as a full member in accordance with signed agreements.

f.      At its first meeting of the year, the ExCom shall review the membership of the Commissions on the basis of the Annual Report of the Chairperson.

g.    If a member of a Commission does not participate in the work to the expected/agreed extent, he/she will be replaced after consultation between the Chairperson of the Commission, the First Delegate of the relevant member country and the General Secretariat.