Stefan Tangermann was until end-2008 Director for Trade and Agriculture at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Paris. He is now a retired professor at the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development at the University of Göttingen, Germany.
Before joining the OECD in 2002, Mr Tangermann was a professor of economics and agricultural economics at the universities of Frankfurt/Main and Göttingen. His academic work has concentrated, among other topics, on the need and options for reforming agricultural policies in OECD countries, and on strengthening the rules for agricultural trade, with a particular emphasis on the WTO.
Mr Tangermann has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Federal Ministry of Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture in Germany. He also was a member of the Science Council of Germany. He is a Member of the Academy of Science at Göttingen. He was awarded the Order of Merit, First Class, by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, and is Fellow of the European Association of Agricultural Economists. He has advised several governments and international organisations.