Speakers

Ian Brossat is the Deputy Mayor of Paris for Housing, Emergency accommodation and Refugee protection. For several years he teached literature in the suburbs of Paris and…
Kim van Sparrentak is a Dutch politician and Member of the European Parliament. Kim studied Political Science and Urban Environmental Management and during her studies was active…
Kadri Simson is the European Commissioner for Energy in the Von der Leyen Commission since December 2019. She is an Estonian politician from the Centre Party. She…
Elena Szolgayová is an architect and urban planner with long-standing research experience. She was Director General of DG Housing Policy and Urban Development, and served as the…
Manuel Pizarro is Member of the European Parliament. He is Doctor of Internal Medicine, and was High Commissioner of the Portuguese Health Convention and City Councillor at…
Paolo Ciccarelli is Head of Unit “Sustainable Transport and Urban Development” at DG INTPA. He is an Architect who has specialised in development cooperation in the private…
Ruth Reichstein works in I.D.E.A., the Advisory Board of the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. She deals with Green Deal related issues and…
Ciarán Cuffe is a member of the European Parliament for Dublin with the Green Party. He sits on the Energy and Transport Committees of the Parliament, and…
Stefan Moser is head of unit in DG Energy since 2015, serving firstly on energy security and safety, and now on energy efficiency of buildings and products….
Anacláudia Rossbach is the Regional Manager for Cities Alliance in LAC and Manager of the Global Programme on Informality. She supports the design of programs, leverage of…
Ronita Bardhan is Assistant Professor of Sustainability in Built Environment at the Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge. She is Director of MPhil in Architecture and Urban…
Alessandro Rancati is a member of the New Bauhaus Unit at the European Commission´s Joint research Centre. He is an architect and designer with extensive experience in…
Alina Muzioł-Węcławowicz, PhD, urban geographer, researcher and consultant specializing in housing economy and housing policy, especially social and affordable housing, urban renewal and local development issues. She…
Barbara Steenbergen is the Head of International Union of Tenants (IUT) EU liaison office, which she also established in 2008. She has been committed to tenant protection…
Mathabo Makuta is the National Director for Habitat for Humanity Zambia since 1st October 2019 and responsible for overall oversight and management of Habitat Zambia operations and…
Dragomir Tzanev is Executive Director of Center for Energy Efficiency EnEffect and official representative of Municipal Energy Efficiency Network EcoEnergy – Bulgaria. Coordinator of the successfully completed…
Bogdan Suditu is a geographer, teacher and researcher in the fields of housing policy, urban and territorial planning, social geography at the University of Bucharest, Romania. He…
Jonathan Reckford is Chief Executive Officer of Habitat for Humanity International. Jonathan is also the chair of Leadership 18 and is a member of the Freddie Mac…
Jaime Royo-Olid is Urban Development, Sustainable Transport and Digitalisation Senior Officer at the European Union (EU) Delegation to Kenya. With the EU, Jaime has previously managed development…
Zsuzsanna Koritár is the director of the Hungarian Energy Efficiency Institute (MEHI). Before joining  MEHI in 2017, Zsuzsanna spent 16 years working at Energiaklub, a prominent Hungarian…
Project Manager of the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme of UN-Habitat, Kerstin Sommer has been working on slum upgrading, poverty reduction, inclusion and integration, community development at UN-Habitat headquarters…
Vera Kovács is a social policy analyst and a housing activist based in Budapest, Hungary; founder and CEO of Utcáról Lakásba Egyesület (From Streets to Homes Association),…
Patrick Canagasingham is Chief Operating Officer at Habitat for Humanity International. Drawing on 25 years of leadership in nongovernmental organizations and the private sector, Patrick Canagasingham oversees…
Oumar Sylla is Director of the Regional Office for Africa at UN-Habitat. Oumar has more than 20 years of academic and practical experience in land, natural resources,…
Antoni Bielewicz is country programme director for Poland at the European Climate Foundation (ECF), one of the largest climate philanthropies in Europe. His role includes support for…
Georgi Georgiev is professor and head of the Department of Architecture at New Bulgarian University, as well as chartered member of  the UK Chartered Institute of Housing…
Laura Colìni is Dr habil in Urban, Regional and Environmental Design. Her  work covers topics related to urban inequalities, inclusion of migrants and refugees, housing. She has…
Dr Steffen Wetzstein is a critical Social Scientist, Political Economist and Expert Consultant with wide-ranging research, teaching, policy and consultancy interests relating to urban transformations; especially in…
Professor at the Department of Planning, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), and Visiting Associate Professor at the School of Architecture and Planning, University of…
Boyan Zahariev is program director at the Open Society Institute in Sofia (OSI-Sofia) since 2007. He holds master degrees in South Asian studies and economics and a…
Karlis Goldstein is a Member of Cabinet with the Commissioner for Energy Ms Kadri Simson. He is responsible for energy end-use, including efficiency, and storage. With prior…
Ajay Suri is Senior Adviser at the Inclusive Development National Institute of Urban Affairs, in India. He is an economist and a development expert with long standing…
Marek Hojsik is policy officer at the Central European University’s Democracy Institute (Budapest) where, since 2018, he has led the EC-funded initiative “Roma Civil Monitor”, implemented in…
Co-founder and since 2014 president of the Polish National Federation for Solving the Problem of Homelessness; since 2011 representative of Poland in FEANTSA (European Federation of National…
Master of Science in Engineering and Specialist in civil engineering; certified property manager, Grażyna Szotkowska is the President of Board at Szczecińskie TBS Spółka z o.o. (STBS)…
Bálint Misetics is a Hungarian social policy specialist whose work integrates research, advocacy and fieldwork. He co-founded A Város Mindenkié (The City Is For All), a community…
Samuel Mabala is the Country Urban Adviser working with the Cities Alliance / UNOPS based in the Uganda Country Office. He formerly served in the Government of…
Csaba Jelinek is an urban sociologist based in Budapest, a co-founder of Periféria Policy and Research Center, and one of the initiators of the first rental housing…
As director of IIBW, the Institute of Real Estate, Construction and Housing Ltd., Vienna/Austria, Wolfgang Amann has executed more than 300 research and consulting projects on housing…