The General Assembly of EUREL – Convention of National Associations of Electrical, Electronic and Information Technology Engineers of Europe elected Emil Koifman, President, and co-founder of SEEEI - Society of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in Israel, as the new EUREL President on September 29, 2023, in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana (Slovenia). For the first time in its 50-year history, the EUREL President will come from Israel.
The General Assembly, chaired by the current EUREL President Prof. Dr Ferdinand Gubina, long-time President of EZS - The Electrotechnical Association of Slovenia, unanimously expressed its confidence in Koifman. Emil Koifman will take over the office of EUREL President in autumn 2024 from Prof. Dr Bernhard Jakoby (OVE - Austrian Electrotechnical Association), who will head EUREL next year. Koifman’ s presidency of Israel's SEEEI will mean that the 2025 EUREL General Assembly will be held in Israel for the first time.
For Emil Koifman, it is a special honour to be the first Israeli president of EUREL: "After we founded the SEEEI in Israel, it was particularly important to us to establish a worldwide network of friends. There was EUREL from neighbouring Europe, of course one of our first points of contact. In collaboration with the engineers at EUREL, we can better meet the challenges ahead in an increasingly technological world. Together with EUREL, we are also fighting for many more well-trained specialists - especially female ones - in the areas of electrical, electronic and information technology engineering."
The proposal for the election of Emil Koifman came from Markus B. Jaeger (from the German VDE - Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies), the Chairman of the Board of Directors of EUREL. "SEEEI has been a member of EUREL since 2011 and has been one of the driving forces since then. With the presidency of Emil Koifman and SEEEI, we as EUREL also document the attachment of the European continent to Israel and its geopolitical insularity. A few years ago, because of the SEEEI, we changed the statutes of EUREL, as they only allowed membership for European organizations. I am very pleased that with Emil Koifman a pioneer of SEEEI will be at the head of EUREL", says Markus B. Jaeger.
EUREL, Convention of National Associations of Electrical, Electronic and Information Technology Engineers of Europe, is a non-profit organization with its headquarter in Brussels (Belgium). EUREL was founded in Switzerland in 1972. EUREL’s objectives are to facilitate the exchange of information and to foster a wider dissemination of scientific, technical, and related knowledge relevant to electrical engineering as well as standardization in the field of electrical engineering. In this way EUREL contributes to the advancement of scientific and technical knowledge for the benefit of both, the profession, and the public it serves. EUREL-Chairman Markus B. Jaeger: “Europe, the entire world and the current and upcoming generations of humans are facing significant energy, climate, and security policy challenges. Electrical, electronic and information technology engineers can and must make an important contribution to stability in Europe and the world with their know-how. EUREL sees itself as the strong voice of European electrical, electronic and information technology engineers.”
About Emil Koifman
Emil Koifman, 75 years old, was born in Moldova, part of the former Soviet Union. He graduated in electrical engineering with a master's degree in 1970. After graduation he worked as a planner and project manager in the field of electrical engineering. In 1980 he immigrated to Israel with his family and in 1981 he started working for the Israel Electric Corporation. Emil Koifman has extensive experience of more than 20 years in planning and managing multiple projects in the field of electrical networks in Israel. He was responsible for the planning and construction of 161 kV and 400 kV transmission lines in the company. In the years 2001-2014 he was the director of the national meter division of the Israel Electric Corporation. Emil Koifman retired 2014 from the Electric Corporation and continued to work as an independent consultant. Emil Koifman lives in Tel Aviv. He is married and has two children. His wife is a medical doctor, the daughter is a lawyer, and the son is also a medical doctor. Emil Koifman is one of the founders of the Society of Electrical, Electronics and Energy Engineers in Israel (SEEEI), its first chairman and president of the Society since 2018.
About SEEEI - The Society of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in Israel
SEEEI, The Society of Electrical, Electronics and Energy Engineers in Israel, was established as an independent body in 2002. SEEEI represents the community of electrical, energy and air conditioning engineers in Israel. The Society includes 4,100 members from 750 companies, industries, academic institutions, and government offices, including 42 corporate members. Among the members of the Society are 160 PhD holders and 250 students. The Society holds more than 120 professional activities per year, including conferences, seminars, courses, workshops, meetings, and professional tours, in which the participation counter records is recording about 8000 participants. Since 2011, SEEEI is a member of EUREL.