A New Era: Dr Yosr Allouche to become the first woman to head the International Institute of Refrigeration

A new chapter has begun for the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR) with the triumphant election of Dr Yosr Allouche (39) as the first woman to hold the prestigious position of Director General. 

Succeeding Didier Coulomb, whose dedication marked two decades of exemplary service, Dr Allouche, a Norwegian-Tunisian world-renowned refrigeration scientist, was nominated at the 26th IIR International Congress of Refrigeration in Paris, France, where she outshone her French competitor, Yannick Mathieu. 


With 13 years’ experience and unrivalled expertise, Dr Allouche will take up her new role on October 1, 2024, bringing an innovative vision and unwavering commitment to the IIR. 


Expressing her gratitude at the announcement of her appointment, Dr Allouche said: “It is with immense pride and gratitude that I take on this high-level role. As a refrigeration scientist, it is an immeasurable honour to be elected as the first woman to succeed the line of eminent leading figures of the IIR. I pledge to devote all my passion, skills and knowledge to our organisation, its member countries and its members to make the IIR shine throughout the world.” 


Currently head of projects at the IIR, Dr Allouche holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto and authored an impressive number of publications in scientific journals, guides and reports. She previously stood out as a research scientist in refrigeration technology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and has been a visiting Associate Professor at NTNU since 2021. 


The future looks bright for the IIR under the visionary management of Dr Yosr Allouche, a leader who embodies excellence and innovation in the refrigeration world.