Dr. Bertrand Renaud is an international consultant who specializes in financial development, real estate finance and urban development issues. He has had three decades of global experience with the World Bank where he worked on its urban development and financial development agendas across the full spectrum of developing market economies and planned economies. His experience also includes working on the problems of adjustment to urban growth and urban decline in advanced industrial economies when head of the Urban Affairs Division of OECD (Paris). Throughout his operational carrier, Dr. Renaud has maintained an active interest in teaching and doing research in universities. In particular, he has had a long-term interest in Asian development. Three of his books are: Markets at Work: The Dynamics of Residential Markets in Hong Kong, 1997 (lead author); Asia’s Financial Crisis and the Role of Real Estate, 2000 (co-editor); and the Dynamics of Housing in East Asia, 2016 (lead author), which is the first comparative study of the growth and behavior of the housing systems of China, Japan, S-Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.
Prior to his World Bank experience, Dr. Renaud was a full professor at the University of Hawaii. He has taught at MIT, Seoul National University and the University of Hong Kong. He holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and an engineering degree from the Paris Institute of Technology for Life Sciences and the Environment.