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Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Peter Eigen

Transparency International
Founder, Chair of Advisory Council
Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Peter Eigen is the founder of Transparency International (TI), a non-governmental organization promoting transparency and accountability in international development. From 1993 to 2005 he was Chair of TI and is now Chair of its Advisory Council.
2005-2011 he was the founding chair of Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). In August 2014, he co-founded the “HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA Governance Platform” in Berlin. Today he chairs the Board of the Platform’s Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI) and co-chairs the initiative Climate Transparency.
Peter Eigen worked at the World Bank in economic development for 25 years managing its operations in numerous countries in Africa and Latin America. He taught at the universities of Frankfurt/M, Georgetown, Harvard/ John F. Kennedy School of Government, and at Johns Hopkins / SAIS; since2003 he serves as Honorary Professor at the Freie Universität, Berlin.
In 2004 Peter Eigen has been awarded the Readers Digest Prize "European of the Year 2004" and in 2007 the Gustav Heinemann Award. Germany awarded Peter Eigen its Grand Cross of Merit in recognition of his efforts to combat global corruption in January 2013.