Peter Eigen

Founder and Chair of Advisory Council of Transparency International , Founding Chair of Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, Chair Governance Projects of HUMBOLDT-VIARINA Governance Platform

Professor Peter Eigen, a lawyer by training, worked in economic development for 25 years, mainly with the World Bank in Africa and Latin America. From 1988 to 1991 and from 1999 to 2001, Professor Eigen directed the World Bank’s regional mission in East Africa. He has also provided legal and technical assistance to the governments of Botswana and Namibia.

In his development work, Professor Eigen saw how systematic corruption perverts policymaking, leading to poverty, conflict, violence and widespread desperation. Armed with this first-hand knowledge, in 1993 he founded Transparency International, now the world’s leading non-governmental organization promoting transparency and accountability in development. Since then, the World Bank, many major corporations and many national governments have adopted tough regulations cracking down on bribery.

Born in 1938 in Augsburg, Germany, Professor Eigen has taught at the universities of Frankfurt, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, Harvard and Berlin’s Freie Universität. In 2005, Professor Eigen chaired the International Advisory Group of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). He was chair of the EITI from 2006 to 2011 and is now EITI Special Representative.


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