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Brussels Team

Sorcha Edwards, Julien Dijol, Edit Lakatos, Alice Pittini, Dara Turnbull,  João Gonçalves, Clara Mafé, Anousheh Parsaei, Diana Yordanova, Abderrahim Khairi
Sorcha Edwards, Julien Dijol, Edit Lakatos, Alice Pittini, Dara Turnbull, João Gonçalves, Clara Mafé, Anousheh Parsaei, Diana Yordanova, Abderrahim Khairi

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.
+32 (0)2 541 05 64

Edit Lakatos Policy Officer 

Edit is part of the policy team, focusing especially on 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 leading on the work of the Working Group on Housing Systems in Transition and also involved in Housing Europe partnerships.
+32 (0)2 541 05 62



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.
+32 (0)2 541 05 66

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.



João Gonçalves - Innovation and Project Manager

João coordinates Housing Europe’s participation in partnerships and projects with the aim to, on one hand, influence innovation policy at EU level and, on the other hand, provide input and facilitate exchange for the social, cooperative and public housing sector on its social and technical innovation path. João also leads the delivery of Housing Europe’s innovation strategy.
An urban planner by training, João brings in more than 10 years project management experience in a diversity of organisations including a university, a consultancy and a business association. 

Clara Mafé - Innovation and Project Officer

Clara works mostly with Horizon 2020 projects related to the energy transition through innovation actions on sustainable plus energy neighbourhoods and circular deep renovation in the housing sector. Besides, she also coordinates our work on the Affordable Housing Initiative and the New European Bauhaus to position public, cooperative, and social housing sector at the forefront of affordable, citizen-driven and design-led building renovation. Before joining Housing Europe in 2020, she gained experience on user-centred innovation, co-creation and Living Labs at the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL). She holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Valencia (Spain) and a MSc in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Birmingham (UK). Clara’s mother tongue is Spanish, she speaks fluent English and is currently learning French.

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.

Communication & Membership

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 monthly 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.