Housing Europe

Belgium

Established in 1988, Housing Europe is the European Federation of Public, Cooperative & Social Housing – a network of 43 national and regional federations which together gather about 43.000 public, social and cooperative housing providers in 23 countries. Altogether, they manage over 26 million homes, about 11% of existing dwellings in the EU. Social, public and co-operative housing providers have a vision of a Europe which provides access to decent and affordable housing for all in communities which are socially, economically and environmentally sustainable and where everyone is enabled to reach their full potential. For Housing Europe, the priority of the European Union and its member states in the field of sustainability, energy and climate in the next decade should be to develop a positive business environment for the reduction of energy consumption in the housing sector, with a specific attention paid to the affordable housing sector.

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Clara Mafé

Innovation and Project Officer

Clara supports the management and development of EU-funded Innovation Actions (IA) related to the energy transition in social housing. She contributes to the design of innovation and policy transfer processes to connect Housing Europe members to the next frontiers at EU level. She also coordinates the Federation’s contribution to the New European Bauhaus. Before joining Housing Europe in 2020, she gained experience on user-centred innovation, co-creation and Living Labs in ‘smart cities’ at the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL). She holds a BSc in Economics (esp. Regional and Urban Economics) from the University of Valencia (Spain) and a MSc in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Birmingham (UK). 

In syn.ikia Clara is the main contact point for the effective communication and dissemination of the project externally, as well as coordinating the stakeholder engagement processes.

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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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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.

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Andreea-Alexandra Nacu

Communications Junior Officer

Andreea joined Housing Europe in 2021 and took on the mission of supporting the team in its activities related to different European projects through the Horizon2020 programme. She is also responsible for various daily communications tasks. Coming from a background of foreign languages studies, she has dived into the field of digital communications. Having Romanian as a mother tongue, she also speaks English and French. Thanks to several experiences as an intern within NGOs, she is familiar with the challenges faced by the sector.

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