Prof. Dr. Peter Eigen is the founder of Transparency International, a non-governmental organization promoting transparency and accountability in international development. From 1993 to 2005 he was Chair of TI and until 2019 Chair of its Advisory Council.
2006-2011 he was the founding Chair of Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). In August 2014 he co-founded the “HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA Governance Platform” in Berlin, he founded in 2015 and chaired its Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI), and co-chairs now its Climate Transparency Initiative. 2017-2018 he co-chaired the Africa Progress Group (Abeokuta), a successor initiative to The Africa Progress Panel (Geneva).
Peter Eigen worked at the World Bank on economic development for 25 years. He taught at the universities of Frankfurt/ M, Georgetown, Harvard, Johns Hopkins/ SAIS and from 2002 – 2011 at 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. In 2013 Germany awarded Peter Eigen its Grand Cross of Merit in recognition of his efforts to combat corruption. In 2015, he was awarded the Inamori Ethics Prize (USA/ Japan), in 2019 the Deutschen Kulturpreis (München) and the award Persönlichkeit des Jahres (German-Brasilian Chamber of Commerce: Natal, Brasilien).
Peter Eigen serves on the boards of Care, Stiftung Kinder-Hilfe, and German Doctors.