Mr. Peter Eigen

Former  Visiting Scholar
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Peter Eigen, founder and chairman of Berlin-based Transparency International, joined the Endowment’s Global Policy Program as a visiting scholar on September 10. His research focuses on global governance, accountability and transparency as well as corruption and money laundering. Eigen founded Transparency International, a nongovernmental organization dedicated to increasing government accountability and curbing corruption. The organization now supports national chapters in about 80 countries.


A lawyer by training, Eigen previously worked in economic development for 25 years, mainly as a World Bank manager of programs in Africa and Latin America. Among his assignments, he served as director of the regional mission for Eastern Africa from 1988 to 1991. He also worked with the Ford Foundation to provide legal and technical assistance to the governments of Botswana and Namibia.

In addition to his work at the Endowment, Eigen is teaching a course on “Corruption in the International Arena” at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University during the fall 2001 semester. He has served as an adjunct lecturer at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government since 1999 and taught law at Georgetown University and the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, where he received his Ph.D.

Languages: German, French, and Spanish

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