Peter Eigen

Founder,
Transparency International

Prof. Dr. Peter Eigen has worked in economic development and governance for several decades and has led initiatives for better global governance and the fight against corruption.

From 1983 to 1988, Eigen was a World Bank Programs Division Chief for Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Paraguay and Uruguay. Thereafter, he was the Director of the Regional Mission for Eastern Africa of the World Bank.

In 1993, Eigen founded Transparency International (TI), a civil society organization promoting transparency and accountability in international development. From 1993 to 2005, he was Chair of TI and is now the Chair of its advisory council. During this period he founded the Partnership for Transparency Fund and the International Civil Society Center, Berlin. From 2005-11, Eigen was the founding chairman of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). Presently he chairs as co-founder of the Humboldt-Viadrina Governance Platform its Fisheries Transparency Initiative.

In 2000, he was awarded the Honorary Doctor’s degree at the Open University, UK, in 2004, the Readers Digest Award “European of the Year 2004”, in 2007 the Gustav Heinemann Award and in 2017 the Inamory Award, Japan. Germany awarded Peter Eigen its Grand Cross of Merit in recognition of his efforts to combat corruption at the global level in January 2013.