Michaela Kauer, born 1966 in Vienna, has a long work experience with the City of Vienna, where she occupied different posts. Starting in 1992 in the Executive Policy Group on Housing and Urban Renewal, she moved on to the Policy Group for Women´s Rights, Integration and Consumer Protection for more than 10 years. This was followed by five years as head of cabinet of the City Councillor for Health and Social Affairs, until she was assigned as director at the Brussels Liaison Office of Vienna in 2009. The office has a leading role in the city´s EU affairs with a strong focus on public services, long-term public investments, EU urban policy, and gender equality, amongst others. Michaela Kauer represents Vienna in the Executive Committee of EUROCITIES and works closely with the Committee of the Regions. She is the joint representative of the Austrian provinces for the EU Urban Agenda and she served as coordinator of the EU Urban Partnership on Affordable Housing from 2015-2021. Her academic background is international public management; she regularly publishes on urban, housing and gender policy and teaches European Public Policy at the University of Applied Studies in Burgenland since 10 years.