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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.


Mr. Ali Musa JAFAROV 
Chief of the Cadastre Department 
State Land Surveying Institute
State Committee of Land and Cartography 
Baku, Azerbaijan


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 Housing, Urban Affairs and Rural Districts
Holmens Kanal 22 
1060 Copenhagen, Denmark


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


Ms. Svetlana RISTIC
Chief of the Housing Department
Ministry of Construction and Urbanism of the Republic of Serbia
Kralja Milutina 10a
11000 Belgrade, Serbia

Svetlana RISTIĆ was born in 1960 in Nova Gradiška, Croatia and now lives in Belgrade, Serbia. She is a graduate of Architecture from the Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade. Since 1989, she has been working at the FRY and Serbian administration, in the field of environmental (national environmental reviews, sustainable development indicators, environmental legislation) and housing affairs (preparation of strategic document, housing legislation, etc). She is actively involved in housing reforms in Serbia; has participated in international cooperation in the area of environmental and housing issues; has published expert papers related to sustainable development, housing policy, and cultural heritage. She is the Chief of the Housing Department in the Ministry of Environment, Mining and Spatial Planning of the Republic of Serbia.


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.