Salma Yousry is an Egyptian architect and urban planner, graduated from Ain Shams University in Cairo in 2007. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Housing and Land Management from IHS, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; master’s degree in science from Ain Shams University; and PhD in urban management from the Department of Urban Planning and Design at Ain Shams University.Having worked with the private sector for years, in 2013, she joined the United Nations Human Settlements Program-Egypt- in the Governance and Legislation Program, then became the Housing and Urban Development Program Officer in 2015; and currently the urban development programme manager in UN-Habitat Egypt office. In recent years, she supported the formulation and approval of the Egyptian national housing file and strategy, launched in 2020; and lead the launch of the new urban development and upgrading approach with the Urban Development Fund in Egypt. Salma also led the inclusion of innovative tools and methodologies to provide drinking water and sanitation services to more than 2 million people in Egypt. Her current work focuses on attracting and integrating impact investments in cities to enable efficient and resilient communities and strengthen local value chains and accelerate SDGs in cities.