FRANCE: Dr Yosr Allouche has become the first woman, and the first person born outside of France, to hold the role of director general of the International Institute of Refrigeration.
Dr Allouche, a Tunisian, will replace Didier Coulomb who is stepping down after 19 years in the role.
The vote on the eve of the organisations 26th International Congress of Refrigeration in Paris, yesterday, saw Allouche favoured by members over opposing candidate Yannick Mathieu of l’Association Française du Froid.
Dr Allouche is currently head of projects at the International Institute of Refrigeration and, for the last five years, visiting associate professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). She holds a PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Porto and has been involved in numerous Norwegian and international projects.
Founded in 1908, and based in Paris, the International Institute of Refrigeration is an independent intergovernmental organisation focused on refrigeration science and technology.