Stefan Kofner is a Professor for housing policy, management and finance at Hochschule Zittau / Görlitz in Germany. Currently, his main fields of research are housing allowances, the privatization of public housing organisations and secondary mortgage markets. He has written textbooks on housing policy and management and on real estate investment. Stefan is also a columnist for the German journal Wohnungswirtschaft & Mietrecht. He was invited as an expert to public consultations of the German parliament and the city council of Dresden. Professor Kofner is also a board member of a public housing organisation. As a member of the CIH and of the coordination committee of the European Network of Housing Research ENHR he is promoting international collaboration in housing research and practice.