Vienna Social Housing Field Study Faculty & Presenters

Jennifer LeSar

CEO & Founder, GPLA and LeSar Development Consultants

Jennifer brings more than three decades in community and real estate development, investment banking, eco-system change management and organizational strategy to support clients in achieving scalable solutions to address housing affordability and homelessness policy challenges.

Anu Natajaran

Anu Natarajan

Managing Director, Global Housing Practice, GPLA

Anu Natarajan is an urban planner and designer with a unique perspective that has been defined by work experience in housing, land use planning, and development in the private, consulting, public, non-profit, and political sectors. 

Bea Stambuk-Torres

Manager, GPLA Vienna Field Studies Program

Bea Stambuk-Torres is a city planner and researcher who is passionate about supporting initiatives that prioritize access to affordable quality housing for all. Prior to joining GPLA, Bea worked as an associate at LeSar Development Consultants and as a researcher at UC Berkeley’s Terner Center for Housing Innovation, developing two national policy reports.

Kurt Hofstetter

Coordination, IBA_Wien

Kurt is an urban planner and has served as head of district planning and land use for the northeast of Vienna as well as head of landscape planning for Vienna as a whole. In the years 2003-2015 he was significantly involved in the conception, planning, development, and implementation of the innovative urban development area “aspern Die Seestadt Wiens.”

Amila Širbegovic

Projects, IBA_Wien

Amila is an architect and urban researcher. She works, researches, and teaches at the interface between urban planning, migration, and space production. In the course of her almost ten years of work at an urban renewal office, she initiated numerous participatory projects in public space. Before that she gained professional experience in various Viennese architectural offices.

Additional Presenters

Noomi Anyanwu
Co-Founder, Black Voices Vienna

Nicole Büchl
Manager, WohnFonds Wien

Emilia Bruk
Member Bikes & Rails Housing Cooperative

Muna Duzdar
Immigration Lawyer, former politician & first Muslim member of Austrian Federal government

Di Mag. Josef Cser
General Manager, WohnService Wien (Tenant Services & Legal Aid)

Linda Elias
Resident and Member, Bikes & Rails Housing Cooperative

Veronika Felber
Architect and Founding Member, Gleis 21 Housing Cooperative

Di Daniel Glaser
Director, City of Vienna Office of Housing Research

Di Michaela Glanzer
Deputy Project Manager, Sonnwendviertel District Management

Dr. Gabu Heindl
Ph.D., Architect and Urban Planner, GABU Heindl Architecktur

Di Sylvia Hofer
Head of Property Management and Quality Management, WohnFonds Wien

Victoria Reggie Kennedy
U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Austria

Judith Kittleman
Housing Management, GreenHous student housing



Peter Larndorfer
Historian and Founding Member, Gleis 21 Housing Cooperative

Barbara Mayr
OEAD Office of Student Housing Development

Thomas Madreiter
Director of City Planning, City of Vienna

Marvin Mittenwaller
Community Relations Manager, Seestadt Aspern

Gerhard Schuster
Chairman of the Board and CEO, 3420 Aspern Development AG

Tove Raiby
Director of Tenant Services & Research, WohnService

Dr. Gerald Koessl
Researcher, Austrian Federation of Limited Profit Housing Association

Dr. Gerlinde Gutheil
Head, Department of Housing Economic & Research, Austrian Federation of LPHA

Dr. Bernd Riessland
Director Emeritus, Austrian Federation of Limited Profit Housing

Thomas Ritt
Department for Communal Policy and Housing of the Chamber of Labor Vienna

Lukas Tockner
Department for Communal Policy and Housing of the Chamber of Labor Vienna

Di Oliver Vollgruber
Head, New Construction and Refurbishment, Settlers Union

Tyma Ztyma
Provider Adult education courses for marginalized communities

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