Raquel Rolnik

Raquel Rolnik is an architect and urban planner, working on housing and urban policies. She was Director of the Planning Department of the city of São Paulo, National Secretary for Urban Programmes of the Brazilian Ministry of Cities (2003–2007) and Urban Policy Coordinator of the NGO Polis Institute. In 2008, she was appointed UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing. During her six-year mandate she visited the UK, causing some controversy.