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Bureau of the Committee

At its annual session the Committee elects its members, who supervise the implementation of the programme of work between sessions. The current composition of the Bureau is:

Ms. Elena SZOLGAYOVA, Chair
Director General, DG Housing Policy and Urban Development 
Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development 
Námestie slobody 6 
810 05 Bratislava 15, Slovakia

Elena SZOLGAYOVÁ, an architect and urban planner with long-standing research experience, has been advising state and municipal housing policy makers since the early 1990s. In 1999 she joined the Ministry of Construction and Regional Development of the Slovak Republic, where she has been acting as Director of the Housing Policy Department since 2004, and recently, at the Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development. She has been involved in numerous UNECE and EC housing activities and Working groups targeted at housing and urban development and has contributed to numerous UNECE and research publications related to urban and housing issues.


Ms. Alena RAKAVA
Deputy Head of Regional Planning and Urban Planning Department
Ministry of Architecture and Construction
Minsk, Belarus

Czech Republic

Director of the European Affairs Department
Ministry of Regional Development
Staromestské námesti 6
110 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic

Daniela GRABMÜLLEROVÁ, Director of the European Affairs Department of the Ministry of Regional Development of the Czech Republic, is responsible for European and international affairs of the Ministry as well as the preparation of the policy aimed at economic, social and territorial cohesion in the Czech Republic in the programming period 2014-2020, including the negotiation of the new European legislation in this field. She chaired the UNECE Committee on Human Settlements and now she is a member of the Bureau of the Committee on Housing and Land Management. She was involved, as a twice elected independent candidate, in the Prague 1 Municipality Council. Her educational background includes an MBA degree from the Sheffield Hallam University and PhD from the Faculty of Architecture of the Czech Technical University in Prague.


Head of Division
Ministry of Immigration, Integration and Housing
Slotsholmsgade 10 
1216 Copenhagen, Denmark

Ms. Lise Nielsen heads the housing economics division of the Danish Ministry of Immigration, Integration and Housing. One of the key responsibilities of the housing department is to ensure the well-functioning of the social housing sector, an endeavor to which Ms Nielsen has been contributing for more than 10 years. An additional focal point of Ms. Nielsen’s office is urban renewal.

Ms. Nielsen holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Copenhagen and has focused her career on the interplay between well-founded research and efficient government administration.


Head of Spatial Planning and Construction Policy Department
Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development
Tbilisi, Georgia

David Gigineishvili, Head of Spatial Planning and Policy Department of the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, is responsible  for implementing, coordinating, managing and monitoring the policy in the field of spatial planning and construction activities in Georgia. These activities involve defining short, medium and long-term strategies of internal territorial development and spatial palnning.

David was born in Kyiv, Ukraine and now lives in Tbilisi, Georgia. He is MSc graduate of Engineering from the Faculty of Civil and Industrial Engineering of the Georgian Technical University.


Mr. Stefano SCALERA
Agenzia def Demanio
Rome, Italy


Chief Desk Officer of Housing Division
Construction and Housing Department
Ministry of Environment
Vilnius, Lithuania


Ms. Inger Vold ZAPFFE
Norwegian State Housing Bank
Snarøya, Norway


Mr. Abduvali KOMILOV
Agency for Construction and Architecture under the Government of Tajikistan 
Dushanbe, Tajikistan

United Kingdom

Mr. Paul DOWSE
Head, Strategic Development 
HM Land Registry for England and Wales 
Croydon, United Kingdom


Head of Investment, International Cooperation and Strategic Planning Department
State Committee on Property Issues 
Baku, Azerbaijan

(ex officio)

Elshad KHANALIBAYLI has been Chair of the UNECE Working Party on Land Administration since March 2013. He is Head of Investment, International Cooperation and Strategic Planning Department of the State Committee on Property Issues, the Republic of Azerbaijan. He was educated in Baku, Moscow and London. He has been involved as Chair and/or Project Manager in a number of projects like the management and privatisation of large-sized state-owned enterprises, creation of digital cadastre database, development of Address Register Information System in Azerbaijan, and so on. He closely cooperates with both international organisations and national authorities of foreign states.