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 professor emeritus at the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, University of Göttingen, Germany.
Before joining the OECD in 2002, Tangermann, holding degrees in agricultural economics and economics, was a professor of economics and agricultural economics at the universities of Frankfurt/Main and Göttingen, Göttingen. His academic work has focused, among other topics, on the analysis and modelling of markets for food and agricultural products, on price fluctuations on food markets as well as policies responding to them, on the need and options for reforming agricultural and food policies in developed and developing countries, and on strengthening the rules for international agricultural trade, with a particular emphasis on the WTO.
Tangermann is a Member of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities and was President of the Academy from 2012 to 2016. For a long time he was a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Federal Ministry of Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture in Germany and also a member of the Science Council of Germany. He was awarded the Order of Merit, First Class, by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany. Tangermann is a Fellow of the European Association of Agricultural Economists and of the German Agricultural Economics Association. He has advised several governments and international organisations, including the FAO, and continues to do so.
Since 2022, he is a member of the Steering Committee of the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE-FSN).