Stefan Rau works on strategic urbanization policy and integrated economic and urban development projects, promoting socially inclusive and environmentally sound livable cities. He supports city cluster coordination, urban-rural integration, climate change adaptation and sponge cities with nature-based solutions, circular economy zero waste cities focusing on the People's Republic of China. He pilots healthy and age-friendly city action and management planning to bring out specific benefits for the emerging four-generation urban society.
Prior to ADB, Stefan worked in international consultant firms on sustainable urban planning, urban design and large building projects in Europe, North America and Asia. He also taught at universities and published papers, and contributed to and organized international conferences. Stefan studied in Stuttgart, Bonn and Chicago with an undergraduate in Mathematics and a Masters in Architecture/Urban Planning. He is a licensed urban planner and architect in Germany.