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 and CEO of Genie Oil E&P

management-geoffGeoffrey Rochwarger has served as Vice Chairman of Genie since August 2011, Chief Executive Officer of Genie Oil E&P since May 2015 and as Chief Executive Officer of Genie Israel Holdings Ltd. since 2013. From 2007 to 2015, Mr. Rochwarger served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IDT Energy. From 2004 to 2009, Mr. Rochwarger served as President and Director of IDT Capital, Inc., the then business incubator for IDT. Prior to 2004, Mr. Rochwarger has held various positions at IDT Corporation and its affiliates. Mr. Rochwarger received a B.A. in Economics at Yeshiva University in 1992. Mr. Rochwarger is not a member of the Board of Directors of the Company.


Avi Goldin – Chief Financial Officer

management-aviAvi Goldin has served as Chief Financial Officer of Genie since August 2011.  He served as Vice President of Corporate Development of IDT Corporation from May 2009 through October 2011. Mr. Goldin originally joined IDT in January 2004 and held several positions within IDT and its affiliates before leaving in January 2008 to join CayComm Media Holdings, a telecommunications acquisition fund, where he served as Vice President, Finance. Mr. Goldin rejoined IDT in May 2009 as Vice President of Corporate Development.

Prior to joining IDT, Mr. Goldin 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 holds an MBA from the Stern School of Business of New York University, a B.A. 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 served as the President of IDT from 2001 through 2011 and Counsel to the Chairman of IDT in 2000 and 2001.

He has served as a Director of IDT and General Counsel and Secretary of IDT’s subsidiary, Net2Phone, Inc. Prior to joining IDT, Mr. Greenstein was a partner in Morrison & Foerster LLP, where he served as the Chairman of that firm’s New York Office’s Business Department. Mr. Greenstein was an associate in the New York and Toronto offices of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and served on the Securities Advisory Committee and as secondment counsel to the Ontario Securities Commission. Mr. Greenstein serves as Chairman of the Boards of Directors of Ohr Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NasdaqCM:OHRP) and Nano Vibronix, Inc. He also serves on the Boards of Directors of Arista Power, Inc. (OTCBB: ASPW), Document Security Systems, Inc. (NYSE Mkt:DSS) and Regal Bank of New Jersey. Mr. Greenstein received a B.S. from Cornell University and a J.D. from Columbia University Law School where he serves as a member of the Dean’s Council.


Michael Jonas – Executive Vice President and Director of Global Exploration and Business Development

Michael Jonas has served as Executive Vice President of the Company since May 2014, Director of Global Exploration and Business Development since August 2014, Chief Executive Officer of Genie Oil Development since May 2015 and Chief Executive Officer and President of Genie Mongolia, Inc. since May 2015 and director of Genie Mongolia 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 Stein – Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Genie Retail Energy

Michael Stein has served as Executive Vice President of the Company since May 2014 and as Chief Executive Officer of Genie Retail Energy since May 2015. Mr. Stein 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 B.A. in Psychology from Yeshiva University.


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.).