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BA MA Sorcha EDWARDS Deputy Secretary General, CECODHAS Housing Europe - The Federation of Public, Cooperative and Social Housing, Brussels

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Sorcha joined CECODHAS team in 2003 as communications and information officer. In 2009 she was made CECODHAS Deputy Secretary General. As Energy Co-ordinator she is in charge of the coordination and supervision of lobbying, communication and exchange activities between national members of CECODHAS and EU institutions in the field of energy. She is responsible for the CECODHAS Energy Expert Network gathering experts from 20 national federations of social housing across Europe. She is also leading the POWER HOUSE EUROPE Project, aiming at creating National and European platforms of key stakeholders promoting energy efficiency and sustainable energy in housing. After a communication and language degree at Dublin City University during which she studied a year in Bonn, Germany and a year at the University of Salamanca, Spain, she also graduated from the University of Ulster with a post-graduate diploma for languages and business. She later completed a MA in European Studies at Leuven University, Belgium. She has worked for the Irish Institute for European affairs developing training seminars on EU policies and for a TACIS EU technical assistance office to monitor implementation of the TACIS programme supporting projects in EU10. She is currently pursuing a distance learning MSc in Sustainability in the Built Environment at the University of East London.