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New director general appointed for International Institute of Refrigeration

August 23, 2023 | By HPAC Magazine

Dr. Yosr Allouche become the first woman to hold the role as she replaces Didier Coulomb, who is stepping down after 20 years.

Dr. Yosr Allouche

Dr. Yosr Allouche (39) will become the first woman to hold the role of Director General of the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR). Allouche replaces Didier Coulomb, who is stepping down from the role after 20 years.

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

With 13 years of experience and knowledge in the field, she will officially take the lead of the IIR during the second semester of 2024.

“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,” said Allouche. “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 International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR) is an independent intergovernmental science and technology-based organization promoting refrigeration knowledge and associated technologies that improve quality of life in a cost-effective and environmentally sustainable manner including:

  • Food quality and safety from farm to consumer
  • Comfort in homes and commercial buildings
  • Health products and services
  • Low temperature technology and liquefied gas technology
  • Energy efficiency
  • Use of non-ozone depleting and low global warming refrigerants in a safe manner.




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