Born 1936 in Aspach, Austria. Dr. Pichler graduated from University of Economics and Business Administration, Vienna (Master’s 1958; Doctorate 1960) and Univ. of Illinois, USA (M.Sc. Economics/Econometrics, 1963); Dr. habil. in Economics (1967). Senior Economist/Resident Representative, World Bank Group (1965-74) with far ranging responsibilities in Latin America, the Caribbean, Eastern Africa, and especially South & South-East Asia. From 1973/74 full professor (chair: "Political Economy and International Development); Head, Department/Institute of Economics, 1975-2004; Emeritus since 2004.
Senior Schumpeter Fellow, Center for European Studies/Harvard University. President/Chairman and memberships of various scientific as well as professional societies and institutions; Editor/Editorial Board member of national/international scientific journals with receognition and distribution world wide. Legatus, European Academy of Sciences & Arts; Consultant/Representative, ICOMP-International Council on Management of Population Programs; Consultant World Bank Group and UNIDO; Arbitrator, I.C.S.I.D. (World Bank); Overseas Supervisor, China Scholarship Council; Past President, International Council for Small Business (ICSB).
Awards/Honours: Best Thesis Award, Austrian Chambre of Labour (1960); Cardinal lnnitzer Science Award (1966); University of Economics Honours Prize (1982); Austrian Cross of Honour for Science & Art, First Class (1988); Leopold Kunschak-Award (1990); Honorary Doctorate in Economics, Cath. Univ. Brussels (1994); Grand Decoration of Honour in Silver to the Republic of Austria (2001); Wilford White Fellow, International Council for Small Business (2003); Knight, Old Order of St. George (2006)
Listings in various Who is Who editions and international scientific directories. He has published numerous books, contributions and articles in a broad specter of scientific journals on international economic issues, international finance, development and development strategies; on business leadership, entrepreneurial values and attitudes, on SME structures, related policy issues and entrepreneurship.