Avi Schnurr

CEO and President, Electric Infrastructure Security Council (EIS), Israel

Avi Schnurr is the CEO of Electric Infrastructure Security (EIS) Council. Mr. Schnurr has reviewed severe “Black Sky” hazards to lifeline utilities for several state and federal government departments and agencies, including the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, the National Security Council, Congress, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Department of Homeland Security, among others. He has been a leader in the development and coordination of protection strategies for critical national infrastructures, working with senior executives of the nation’s largest power, water, and fuel companies, with other corporate sectors, and with key government and NGO stakeholders. 
Mr. Schnurr has provided invited briefings for NATO, the European Union, parliamentary committees, government science advisors, and energy ministries. He has reviewed U.S. defense policies for the Department of Defense, the White House Homeland Security Council, the National Academy of Sciences, Congress, NATO, and a variety of other venues. Until the end of 2004, Mr. Schnurr worked for Northrop Grumman’s Space Technology Sector in California, where he had system responsibilities for space payloads and other advanced systems and instruments, and also managed U.S. and international defense programs. 
Mr. Schnurr holds several patents in laser and optical systems and is a two-time recipient of the corporate Chairman’s Award for Innovation. Mr. Schnurr received his M.Sc. in physics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego.