Howard Jonas – Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board
Howard S. Jonas is the founder of Genie Energy and has served as the Chairman of its Board of Directors since it was spun off from IDT Corporation (NYSE: IDT) in October, 2011. Mr. Jonas has served as Chief Executive Officer of Genie Energy since January, 2014.
Mr. Jonas is also the founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of IDT Corporation, and has served as its CEO most recently through December, 2013. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board of CTM Media Holdings, Inc. Mr. Jonas previously served as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of IDT Telecom from December 1999 to April 2008, as Co-Chairman since April 2008, and as a director of IDT Capital since September 2004. Mr. Jonas served as Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors of IDT Entertainment from November 2004 until August 2006. Since August 2006, Mr. Jonas has been a director of Starz Media Holdings, LLC, Starz Media, LLC and Starz Foreign Holdings, LLC, each of which is a subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation.
In addition, Mr. Jonas has been a director of IDT Energy since June 2007 and a director of American Shale Oil Corporation since January 2008. Mr. Jonas is also the founder and has been President of Jonas Media Group since its inception in 1979. Mr. Jonas was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Net2Phone from October 2001 to October 2004, the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Net2Phone from October 2004 to June 2006, and has served as the Chairman of Net2Phone since June 2006.
Mr. Jonas received a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University.
Avi Goldin – Chief Financial Officer
Avi Goldin has served as Chief Financial Officer of Genie since August 2011. Formerly, he served as a Vice President of Corporate Development at IDT Corporation (NYSE: IDT).
Formerly, Mr. Goldin served as Vice President, Finance of CayComm Media Holdings, a privately backed telecommunications acquisition fund. He also served as an Investment Analyst at Dreman Value Management, a $7 billion asset management firm and an Associate in the Satellite Communications group at Morgan Stanley & Co. Mr. Goldin earned an MBA from the Stern School of Business of New York University, a BA in Finance from the Syms School of Business of Yeshiva University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Dr. Harold Vinegar – Chief Scientist
Dr. Harold Vinegar has served as Chief Scientist for Genie Oil and Gas since its inception. He joined Genie Oil and Gas after retiring as the Chief Scientist at Royal Dutch Shell. At Shell, he lead the development of oil shale ICP technology and was responsible for a number of successful pilots of in-situ oil shale production.
Dr. Vinegar has 36 years of experience in the field of unconventional resources. During his career, Dr. Vinegar has made significant contributions to formation evaluation, core analysis, environmental reclamation, and unconventional oil recovery. He is also a prolific inventor, having written over 287 U.S. patents.
Dr. Vinegar is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering (US); Fellow of the American Physical Society; and has served as President of the Society of Core Analysts. He was recently named an Adjunct Professor at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences.
Michael Jonas – Executive Vice President
Michael Jonas has served as Executive Vice President of the Company since May 2014 and a director and Executive Vice President of Genie Mongolia, Inc. since its inception in October 2012. In such capacities, Mr. Jonas is responsible for all of the Company’s business development in Mongolia. Mr. Jonas has served as director and Executive Vice President of the Company’s subsidiary, Genie Oil Shale Mongolia LLC since April 2013, as a director (since March 2010) and Executive Vice President (since February 2011) of the Company’s subsidiary, Israel Energy Initiatives Ltd. and director of the Company’s subsidiary, Afek Oil and Gas Ltd. since November 2011.
From November 2005 through December 2011, Mr. Jonas served IDT Corporation in various positions such as analyst, vice president and manager of international business. Mr. Jonas is a founding member of Mongolian Oil Shale Association. Michael Jonas is Howard Jonas’ son and brother-in-law to Michael Stein.