First female appointed as IIR leader

Paris-based organisation, International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR), has appointed a new Director General, the first female to hold the role.

Dr Yosr Allouche will replace Didier Coulomb, who is stepping down from the role after 20 years.

Allouche, a Norwegian-Tunisian refrigeration scientist, was nominated by Norway and appointed by vote at the 26th IIR International Congress of Refrigeration in Paris.

With 13 years of experience and a PhD in mechanical engineering, she will officially take the lead of the IIR in 2024.

“I am thrilled and thankful for the trust our member countries have placed in me to ensure this high-level role,” said Allouche.

Dr Yosr Allouche.

“As a refrigeration scientist, it is an honour for me to be elected by our member countries as the first woman to succeed the many emblematic leading figures of the IIR.

“I will put all my skills, knowledge and energy to ensuring a meaningful benefit and an added value for our organisation, countries and members.”

The IIR, founded in 1908, currently has 59 member countries. It is committed to promoting knowledge of refrigeration in all applications worldwide for sustainable development.

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