The Jury

The Awards Jury is composed of members of the European Responsible Housing Stakeholder Forum set up in the framework of the ERHIN Project as well as experts on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) from other sectors.


Lenka Tarabová

6 years in the Association of Tenants of the Czech Republic - SON (40,000 members). External clerk for contacts with the Parliament and the Senate of the Czech Republic, with regional authorities and city and municipal governments. 3 years representative of SON at the International Union of Tenants.

2014 – 2018
· Member of the City Council Liberec - Vratislavice nad Nisou (8,700 inhabitants)
· Chairman of the Social and Health Commission
· Member of the Humanities Commission of the Statutory City of Liberec (110 thousand inhabitants), which manages 1200 social city dwellings
· Collaboration with the Citizens 'Association D.R.A.K. (care for socially disadvantaged and disabled citizens) and Seniors' Organisations and the Women's Union.
Jury member for the European Responsible Housing Awards 2019.


Paulus Jansen

Director Woonbond (since June 2018).
The Woonbond is the union of the Dutch tenants, with 1.6 million collectively organised members and 8,000 individual members.
Prior to joining the Woonbond, Jansen was alderman of spatial planning, housing and sport in the municipality of Utrecht (2014-2018) and spokesman for housing, energy and the environment of the Socialist Party in the Tweede Kamer (Dutch Parlement, House of Representatives, 2006-2014).
Jansen is a structural engineer and worked in the past for an international engineering firm and a construction company.
Jury member for the European Responsible Housing Awards 2019.

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Anne Viita

CEO of Finnish Tenants since 1997. Anne has worked in the field for 25 years, all of them in the Finnish Tenants and its predecessor Central Union of Tenants. Due to the length of her career, Anne has an extensive and diverse expertise in the field.Finnish Tenants (1946) are a nationwide non-profit organisation that specialises in promoting fair rental practices and protecting the interests of tenants.
Outside of individual members, Finnish Tenants also have three unions as their members: JHL, PAM and Pro. Finnish Tenants are also a notable organisation in decisions considering housing policies. Jury member for the European Responsible Housing Awards 2019.

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Andrea Colantonio

Urban and Regional Development Economist, European Investment Bank
Andrea is a senior economist at the European Investment Bank, responsible for the financing of urban and regional development projects.
Prior to this Andrea was at the London School of Economics, leading projects for major European cities on integrated urban development and institutional governance, sustainability policy, planning and evaluation methods.
He holds a PhD in Economic Geography and is the main author of Transforming Urban Economies: Policy Lessons from European and Asian Cities (2013); Urban Regeneration and Social Sustainability: Best Practice from European Cities (2010); and Urban Tourism and Development in the Socialist State: Havana during the Special Period (2006). Jury member for the European Responsible Housing Awards 2019 and 2016.

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Sander Scheurwater

Director Corporate Affairs, Europe – RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors). Sander is a Dutch national and studied Economics at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam where he achieved his Masters in 2000. He majored in sociological economics. In 2000, Sander started his career at the EU Affairs Office of General Motors where he was responsible for technical and environmental issues. In 2006, he joined RICS, where he is the Director of Corporate Affairs for the RICS in Europe region. Responsibilities include standards adoption, policy, communications and branding. He is the author of the several papers including the “Future Role of Valuations”. He has also chaired the European Housing Forum.
Jury member for the European Responsible Housing Awards 2019, 2016 and 2014.

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Christian Hellevang

Christian is a former president of the union of Tenants (Norway), the last 13 years he has been working in the Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS) in the department of Local Democracy, European Politics and International Affairs. He is working with social housing, universal design, civil society, co-creation and local democracy. He holds a bachelor degree in public administration from a school of public administration, who now is a part of Oslo Metropolitan University. He has a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Copenhagen Business School in Denmark. He also has studies from the Nordic school of Public Health (NHV) in universal design and studies in public health from the University of Agder (UIA). The Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS) was founded in 1972. As of 2018 all of Norway's 422 municipalities and 18 counties are members. KS advises and informs the members about all matters and developments of importance to local government. KS facilitates exchange of experience between its members. KS conducts the central collective bargaining on behalf of its members. Jury member for the European Responsible Housing Awards 2019.

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Heike Zuhse

Heike is the scientific advisor of the Deutscher Mieterbund e.V. for 8 years. She studied economics in Trier. Afterwards she worked in different companies/organisations and was involved in the “reconstruction of East” (in the Federal States in the former East Germany) and various climate protection projects. Additional focuses are integrated urban development with action strategies for attractive and lively inner cities and economic, social and ecological challenges. The German Tenants' Association (DMB)
is the political representation of all tenants in Germany and the umbrella organisation of 15 DMB regional associations and 320 local tenant associations with more than 500 counselling centres throughout Germany. Their work is financed by membership fees. There is no public funding which guarantees the autonomy and independence of the tenant organisation. Currently almost 1.3 million households, i.e. about three million tenants, are members. The German Tenants' Association is politically neutral. The DMB will be consulted on any major legislative action on tenancy law and housing. Jury member for the European Responsible Housing Awards 2019, 2016 and 2014.

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Eddie Jacquemart

President of CNL (Confédération Nationale du Logement): In 1995, in a suburb of Lille, Eddie created a member association of CNL. Three years later, he became the treasurer of the CNL Federation of the North, followed by president in 2000. The same year, he was elected into the National Administrative Commission. In 2009, he entered the Confederate Board. In 2013, he was elected National President of CNL. Since 2006, he has been interested in housing in nearby countries and since 2009, represents CNL at the IUT Board. In the name of CNL, he participated in drafting the ERHIN (European Responsible Housing Initiative Network) charter and is a jury member of the European Responsible Housing Award. A qualified chartered accountant, he has worked in a firm for more than ten years before becoming the financial adviser of an important federation of associations in the medical and social sector, where he was able to observe and go with very diverse associations; this was followed by a role as a financial and administrative manager in a national association. Eddie has also led courses of professional training in accounting. Jury member for the European Responsible Housing Awards 2019, 2016 and 2014.

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György Sümeghy

György Sümeghy spent 10 years in public education and later at a private business college. Based on his management experience in education and volunteering, as well as an interest in social development, he joined Habitat for Humanity Hungary as National Director in 2005. György joined HFHI/EMEA in 2013 to lead regional advocacy initiatives and support national advocacy programmes in the EMEA region. He represents HFHI in Brussels and all over Europe at regional conferences and meetings. Jury member for the European Responsible Housing Awards 2019 and 2016.

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Herbert Ludl

Doctorate in law at the University of Vienna, Chairperson of the board FAMILIE Housing Co-operative, Vienna and former chairperson of the board of SOZIALBAU AG, member of the board of ICA housing and university lecturer in the field of housing finance. Author of numerous publications on the economics and history of limited-profit co-operative business. Jury member for the European Responsible Housing Awards 2019.

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Dr. Laura Colini

PhD in Urban, Regional and Environmental Design, Post-Doc EU Marie-Curie and Habil in Urban Studies in Italy. Her recent work covers socio-spatial inequalities, housing & financialisation, inclusion of migrants and refugees with a focus on EU urban policies. As an academic, she has been doing research and teaching in several universities and research institutes in Italy, Germany, France, USA. Laura currently works as senior policy expert on social and urban policies for the EUCOM (URBACT, UIA, EU Urban Agenda). Co-founder of Tesserae Urban and Social Research and member of the International Network for Urban Research and Action INURA. Jury member for the European Responsible Housing Awards 2019.

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Barbara Steenbergen

Chair of the Jury and Head of EU liaison office, International Union of Tenants

Barbara Steenbergen has been working more than 18 years for the protection of tenants. She started in 2001 as head of the president's office of the German Union of Tenants (Deutscher Mieterbund) in Berlin and as political coordinator for energy policy and international affairs. In 2007, she was elected as head of the International Union of Tenants EU Office in Brussels. Since 2013, she is member of the IUT Executive Committee. She is responsible for the political relations and the lobbying towards the EU institutions. From 2009 to 2012, she chaired the European Housing Forum; since 2013 she chairs the "European Responsible Housing Initiative" stakeholder forum and jury of the European Responsible Housing Awards”. Since 2015, she represents IUT in the EU Urban Agenda Partnership for Housing. Barbara is a German national and holds a master degree in political sciences of the University of Bonn, Germany, and a bachelors in public administration. Chair of the Jury for the European Responsible Housing Awards 2019, 2016 and 2014.

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Claire Roumet

Claire Roumet is Director of Energy Cities, the European association of local authorities in energy transition.
Energy Cities opens dialogue between Mayors and EU institutions to accelerate the energy transition of European cities, with the example of its pioneer 1000 members located in 30 countries. She joined the team of Energy cities in 2014 after 10 years as Secretary General of Housing Europe, the Federation of social housing providers. She is French and graduated in economics. She completed a post-graduate in European policies in Strasbourg after a year of econometrics in Mainz, Germany.  She has been member of the board of the EY coalition for energy savings, Vice-President of the Social Platform.
Jury member for the European Responsible Housing Awards 2016.

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Ronald Paping

Ronald Paping has been general director of the Nederlandse Woonbond (Dutch Tenants Organisation) since January 2007. He studied economics in Groningen and was a policy officer at the province Overijssel. Afterwards he worked at the University of Groningen and at the trade union ABVAKABO FNV. From 2002 to 2007 he was a member of the executive board of this union. The Woonbond is the national advocate of tenants in the Netherlands and was founded in 1990. The Woonbond organizes individual tenants and local tenants’ organisations (400).
Through those member organisations the Woonbond organizes 53% of the Dutch tenants.  The Woonbond has 60 employees who are working for instance to help the local organisations, to give juridical advice, to give advice and do the national political lobby for tenants. Jury member for the European Responsible Housing Awards 2016 and 2014.

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Dr. Orna Rosenfeld

Dr. Orna Rosenfeld is an award winning urban strategist with over fifteen years of professional and academic experience gained in Israel, Spain, France, the United Kingdom, the U.S.A. and the Western Balkans. She specialises in affordable housing provision, housing market renewal and sustainable city development. Architect by first vocation, Dr. Rosenfeld built extensive professional experience in design and implementation of large scale urban redevelopment projects before committing herself to housing and urban redevelopment policy research, policy design and counsel. Currently, consultant for United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Dr. Rosenfeld serves as a senior housing expert.  In addition, Dr. Rosenfeld maintains academic functions. She teaches at Sciences Po - L'Institut d'études politiques in Paris and is a visiting research fellow and alumni of the University of Westminster in London. Jury member for the European Responsible Housing Awards 2016.

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Conny Reuter

Conny Reuter has been Secretary General of SOLIDAR since October 2006. He is also serving as: Co-Chair of Liaison Group of the European Economic and Social Committee’s (EESC); Co-founder and Board member of Social Service Europe (SSE) since 2012; Member of the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Workers Education Associations (IFWEA) since 2008. Before moving to Brussels, Conny worked in Paris and Berlin heading the Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO) Department for School and Youth Exchanges (1998-2006), working at La Ligue de l’enseignement in Paris on European projects (1990-1998) and heading the liaison office of La Ligue in Germany working on Franco-German youth exchanges in professional and vocational training (1985-1990). From April 2008 to April 2013 he was President of the Social Platform, the platform of European Social NGOs.
He has extended experience in NGO networking, managing EU and international projects and events.  He is specialized in social policies, education and global justice issues. Jury member for the European Responsible Housing Awards 2016 and 2014.

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Klaus Niederlander

Klaus Niederlander worked until recently as Director of Cooperatives Europe, in order to defend the interests of European cooperative enterprise towards the European institutions and to promote the cooperative enterprise model across Europe. Cooperatives Europe represents around 160.000 cooperative enterprises from across the economy in 33 European countries and is part of the International Cooperative Alliance. With an academic and professional background in private sector development he has worked before as financial analyst, as strategic management consultant and as SME development manager. Klaus has gained experience in many different economic sectors ranging from investment banking in Luxembourg and the US, in SME support in textile & leather sector in Sub-Saharan Africa to consulting to logistics, pharmaceutical and chemical companies in Germany, France and Switzerland. Convinced about the crucial role of enterprises as agents for economic and social change, Klaus devotes his work in Cooperatives Europe to supporting cooperative development in Europe and internationally, in particular with regard to emerging sectors such as renewable energy and with regard to promoting bottom-up participation in enterprises. Jury member for the European Responsible Housing Awards 2016 and 2014.

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Helene Toxvaerd

Lejernes Landsorganisation i Danmark (LLO), represented by Helene Toxvaerd: LLO is the Danish tenants national organization, founded in 1966. LLO defends tenants’ interest in relation to landlords, government agencies and politicians.
“Best CSR practices in the housing sector, which we can find in some national contexts, have to be promoted at European level. Tenants involvement is one of those, with Denmark being the forerunner”. Jury member for the European Responsible Housing Awards 2014.

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Michaela Kauer

Vienna House, represented by Michaela Kauer: Vienna House is the official Brussels liaison office of the city of Vienna. Its main tasks are to secure a lively exchange of information between Vienna and the EU institutions and to push for the interests of the city in the Brussels arena, thus supporting the general European policy of the city. Its staff is representing Vienna in different city and region networks, welcomes study groups and organises a variety of events, be they political or cultural, in order to present Vienna as a partner for all issues related to social, inclusive, smart cities and to convey a positive image of Vienna in Brussels. “In Vienna, housing providers that meet social criteria have easier access to funding for energy refurbishment. Many programmes are in place to help tenants and residents with facing their housing-related problems. Responsible housing must be considered as a safe long-term investment which creates value for all”
Jury member for the European Responsible Housing Awards 2014.

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Agnes Uhereczky

The Confederation of Family Organisations in the European Union (COFACE), represented by Agnes Uhereczky: gathering 57 member organisations, COFACE is a pluralistic organisation, at the heart of civil society, which aims at promoting family policy, solidarity between generations and the interests of children within the European Union. It advocates a policy of non-discrimination and of equal opportunities between persons and between family forms, and specifically supports policies aiming at equality between women and men.
“CSR must be in the DNA of companies, and not a simple communication issue”. Jury member for the European Responsible Housing Awards 2014.