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Brussels Team

Housing Europe established a Secretariat in Brussels in 2001.

Since then the team has been steadily expanding and is responsible for the coordination of the day-to-day running of the organisation. There are 3 key strands around which the activities are developed: 

Policy Formulation & Advocacy | Knowledge Sharing & Networking | Research

Sorcha Edwards Secretary General

Sorcha is responsible for the institutional relations and the overall coordination of the Secretariat’s work. At the same time, Sorcha is the face of Housing Europe in Brussels and also makes the link between the Board and the rest of the organization’s structure.

+32 (0)2 541 05 68

Julien Dijol - Deputy Secretary General & Policy Coordinator

Julien coordinates the policy work of Housing Europe, monitoring all relevant political developments and drafting the position papers of the organisations. Julien coordinates the work of all Committees and makes the link between them and the day-to-day work in Brussels. Julien also represents Housing Europe in various events, delivering a wide range of presentations.
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Alice Pittini - Research Director 

Alice leads the daily work of the European Social Housing Observatory, coordinating comparative studies, thematic briefings and articles. As the go-to person for facts and figures around housing in Europe, she delivers presentations in various events that try to make a reality check with what happens on the ground. Alice also works closely with the Chair and the Vice-Chair of the Observatory.

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Diana Yordanova - Communications Director

Diana is leading the external and internal communications work of Housing Europe, including the organisation’s online presence, press relations, event curation and European projects related communication activities. She is the go-to person when it comes to journalists’ queries, curating the organisation’s publications and preparing the bi-weekly newsletter. 

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Abderrahim Khairi - Membership and Events Coordinator

Abderrahim is responsible for the expansion of the Housing Europe network of members, while he deals with the events organised by the Federation. At the same time, he is feeding into the work related to migration and integration policy.


Dara Turnbull - Research Coordinator

Dara is the Research Coordinator at Housing Europe, bringing together various strands of our work. This includes the preparation of research for the Observatory, coordinating knowledge sharing with and between our members, as well as working with our Innovation & Projects manager in ensuring the successful participation of Housing Europe in a number of EU level projects. An economist by training, Dara also brings five years of expertise in the area of finance to bear on analysis of issues concerning the financing of social housing and of national and EU funding schemes related to the provision of non-market housing solutions.



Clara Mafé - Junior Project Officer

Clara has recently joined the Housing Europe team as Junior Project Officer to work on the Syn.Ikia project on energy-positive neighbourhoods as a central pillar of our #eugreendeal strategy. She will also be providing support across our different projects. Clara joins us from the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) where she worked as a Junior Project Manager on the development of innovative and citizen-centred solutions in urban areas for more inclusivity and liveability for people. Before that Clara graduated in Economics in Spain and majored in Urban Planning in the UK.



Anousheh Parsaei - Project Assistant

Anousheh joined Housing Europe in November 2020 as a project assistant. She provides multidimensional support across the projects of the Federation coordinates, as well as any broader activities linked to communication and research. 
Anousheh has come from a multidisciplinary background in urban areas, studied her master program in 4 European countries from Brussels to Vienna, Copenhagen and Madrid. Eventually, the main focus of her research has been on inclusivity and equality for everybody in new sustainable urban developments. Her experience and expertise in academia have equipped her to start the new chapter in housing narratives.

Mobile: +32 494 29 31 66


Sébastien Garnier - Innovation and Project Manager 

Sébastien has been working for almost ten years in the social and affordable housing sector. First as advisor in the Financial and Public Affairs departments of Aedes - the Dutch federation of social housing providers and its 300 members. He was later responsible for managing the European affairs for the Brussels office of Aedes for six years. During three years he was chair of the Social Affairs working committee of Housing Europe. He has been actively involved in the Housing Partnership of the EU Urban Agenda and the International Social Housing Festival. Besides his part-time function at Housing Europe, Sébastien also provides advisory services as managing director of AxHA.



Edit Lakatos - Policy Officer 

Edit is part of the policy team, focusing especially in European Funding. She is monitoring all sources of EU financial means that can support the public, cooperative and social housing sector and is responsible for all relevant publications and the respective online portal. Edit is also involved in a number of Housing Europe partnerships, including SDG Watch Europe.
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