Head of the Department "Sustainable Economic and Social Development" at the German Development Institute (DIE), German's think tank for development policy
Tilman Altenburg leads the research programme “Transformation of Economic and Social Systems” at German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), the government-funded think tank for development policy in Germany. He received his doctorate in Economic Geography in 1991. Before joining DIE in 1995, Mr. Altenburg was a research fellow at the Free University Berlin and the Philipps University Marburg. Mr.Altenburg has done empirical research on economic development in Latin America, Asia and Africa, with a focus on competitiveness, industrial and innovation policy. His main theme is how developing countries can design economic policies that enable them to improve their position in the global economy in a way that is socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable. Currently, he is coordinating research projects on green industrial policy in developing countries. Mr. Altenburg has published about 100 papers on these issues, and he is regularly advising German government and international agencies.