Our Management

Howard Jonas –  Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board

management-jonasHoward 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.

Geoffrey Rochwarger – Vice Chairman

management-geoffGeoffrey Rochwarger has served as Vice Chairman of Genie since August 2011.  He is also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IDT Energy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Genie Energy.  IDT Energy is the largest independent retail energy provider serving residential and small business customers in New York State, and serves rapidly-growing customer bases in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.

Mr. Rochwarger launched IDT Energy in November 2004 while serving as President of IDT Capital, a division of IDT Corporation (NYSE: IDT) that he founded to incubate new business initiatives.  IDT Energy has been profitable since its inception and has grown annual revenues to approximately $200 million.  At IDT, Mr. Rochwarger also served as the Executive Vice President of IDT Telecom and as a member of IDT Telecom’s Board of Directors.  At IDT Telecom, Geoff was instrumental in launching the Company’s pioneering wholesale carrier telecommunications business.  Prior to joining IDT in 1995, Mr. Rochwarger served as the Senior Operations Manager at an international freight forwarding company.  Geoffrey Rochwarger earned his BA in Economics and Psychology at Yeshiva University in New York.

Avi Goldin – Chief Financial Officer

management-aviAvi 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 as 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).

Ira Greenstein – President

Ira Greenstein has served as President of Genie since December 2011.  Mr. Greenstein currently also serves as Counsel to the Chairman of IDT Corporation and had served as the President of IDT from August 2001 until December 13, 2011.  He also was a Director of IDT from December 2003 until December 2006.

Prior to joining IDT, Mr. Greenstein was a partner in the law firm of Morrison & Foerster LLP from February 1997 to November 1999, where he served as the Chairman of that firm’s New York Office’s Business Department.  Concurrently, Mr. Greenstein was General Counsel and Secretary of Net2Phone from January 1999 to November 1999.  Prior to 1997, Mr. Greenstein was an associate in the New York and Toronto offices of the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.  Mr. Greenstein also served on the Securities Advisory Committee and as secondment counsel to the Ontario Securities Commission.  Mr. Greenstein serves on the Boards of Directors of Document Security Systems, Inc. (AMEX:DSS), Ohr Pharmaceuticals, Inc.  (OTC:OHRP.OB), NanoVibronix, Inc. and Regal Bank of New Jersey.

Mr. Greenstein received a B.S. from Cornell University and a J.D. from Columbia University Law School.

Michael Jonas – Executive Vice President

Michael Jonas has served as Director of Global Exploration and Business Development since August 2014, 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.

Michael Stein – Executive Vice President of Operations

Michael Stein has served as Executive Vice President of Operations of the Company since May 2014 and served as Senior Vice President of Operations from January 2014 to May 2014. From July 2012 to January 2014, Mr. Stein was Senior Vice President of Business Development of IDT Telecom. From June 2007 to January 2009, Mr. Stein was an analyst at Belstar Investment Management.

Mr. Stein has also served as communal leader at the Riverdale Jewish Center in Bronx, New York. Mr. Stein is also a trustee of the
Etzion Foundation and of the Organization for the Resolution of Agunot. Mr. Stein received his BA in Psychology from Yeshiva
University. Mr. Stein is Howard Jonas’ son-in-law and brother-in-law to Michael Jonas.

Efraim “Effie” Eitam – Chairman, Genie Israel Holdings, Ltd.

EffieEffie Eitam is the Chairman of Genie Israel Holdings, Ltd., the holding company that oversees Genie Oil & Gas’ activities in Israel including IEI, the Company’s oil shale project in the Shfela Basin as well as Afek, the company’s oil exploration project on the Golan Heights.  Prior to February 2013, Mr. Eitam was President of Genie Energy International.  Since joining Genie in Israel in 2009, Mr. Eitam has been key in initiating and developing all of Genie Energy’s activities in Israel, bringing extensive experience in management, strategic leadership and government relations.

Prior to joining Genie Energy, Mr. Eitam was a leader of the National Religious Party and later the National Union Party, serving as a Member of the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) between 2002 and 2009 where he served as the Minister of National Infrastructure (2002-2003) and Minister of Housing and Construction (2003-2004).

Mr. Eitam is a Brigadier General (reserves) in the Israel Defense Forces. He earned Israel’s Medal of Distinguished Service for his valor in the Yom Kippur War. Mr. Eitam also participated in Operation Entebbe, the successful hostage rescue mission by Israel’s Defense Forces on July 4th, 1976.

Mr. Eitam received his M.A. in Political Science and International Relations from Haifa University. He also graduated from the Royal College of Defense Studies with Highest Honors (M.A.).