Stefan Tangermann is the former Director for Trade and Agriculture at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Before joining the OECD, Mr Tangermann was a Professor of Economics and Agricultural economics for twenty-five years. 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.
Having previously taught at the University of Frankfurt/Main, Mr Tangermann became Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Göttingen. He was also Director of the Institute of Agricultural Economics, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, and Vice-President of the University of Göttingen. In addition, since 1976 Mr Tangermann has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Federal Ministry of Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture in Germany. From 1994 to 2000, Mr Tangermann was a member of the Science Council of Germany, a high-level body appointed by the President of the Federal Republic, where he also served as chairman of the Scientific Committee and of several working groups. He is also a Member of the Academy of Science at Göttingen.
Mr Tangermann has written extensively. His numerous books and articles have contributed to the international debate on agricultural policies and trade. He holds a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Göttingen. In 2002, Mr Tangermann joined the OECD as Director for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries. In December 2006, his Directorate was merged with the Trade Directorate, and Mr Tangermann became its new Director.