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 Ministry of Transport and Construction of Slovakia. For over two decades participated in shaping the visions of the global, European, and national housing and urban policies, was one of those steering the process toward adoption of the Geneva UN Charter on sustainable housing. She participated in the Habitat III Bureau and in the Housing Policy Unit during the preparatory process of the New Urban Agenda. She has been one of the coordinators of the Housing Partnership under the EU Urban Agenda. Elena served from 2013 to 2019 as Chair of the UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management, since 2020 acts as a Co-chair of the Housing 2030 initiative.