Marinos Skempas, a Greek national, obtained a Diploma in Civil Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in 1986, and a M.Sc. in 1991 and Ph.D. in 1994 from Imperial College University of London. His main field of professional experience is in the geotechnical design, construction and supervision of highway projects, dams, bridge foundations, embankments, cut-slopes, tunnels, landslides and rock slides. Since 1991 he has been involved as a geotechnical consultant in various transport projects in Greece including the Athens and Thessaloniki Metro, various large scale concession highway projects, high dams, and railways projects. Between 1997 and 2011 he has worked as a geotechnical consultant for the owner of the 700 km Egnatia Odos Trans European network highway in Greece and its 300 km vertical axes connecting to Albania, Macedonia and Bulgaria. At present, he is working as a Senior Geotechnical and Highway Consultant for the World Bank, on design and construction aspects of highways, roads and DRM/Climate Resilience projects for the countries of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Serbia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Moldova and Ukraine.