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. He founded Transparency International (TI) in 1993, a non-governmental organization promoting transparency and accountability in international development. Eigen was chair of TI from 1993 to 2005 and is now chair of their Advisory Council.
A lawyer by training, Eigen has worked as a World Bank manager of programs in Africa and Latin America, serving as the director of the Regional Mission for Eastern Africa from 1988 to 1991. Under Ford Foundation sponsorship, he provided legal and technical assistance to the governments of Botswana and Namibia to strengthen the legal framework for mining investments.
Eigen has taught law and political science at the universities of Frankfurt Main, the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), University of Washington and Bruges College of Europe. He has been teaching as an honorary professor of Political Science at the Freie Universität, Berlin since 2002. He has received an Honorary Doctor degree from Open University, UK (2000), Readers Digest European of the Year (2004), Gustav Heinemann Award (2007) and the Grand Cross of Merit from the German government for his efforts to combat corruption at the global level (2013).
Eigen has also been a member of Kofi Annan’s Africa Progress Panel since 2007.