Born in 1952, Heino von Meyer graduated with a degree in economics from the University of Heidelberg in 1978. He began his career as a researcher on rural and regional development policy at the Institute for Rural Structural Research (IfLS) in Frankfurt (Main).
In 1981 he became Deputy Head of the Institute. He also worked as research assistant for public finance and European policy issues at the University of Frankfurt.
During the 90’s Mr. von Meyer was head of the consulting agency ProRural Europe in Hamburg, working for local, national and international administrations and NGOs.
He participated in many EU research projects and worked as a consultant for various European Commission Directorates General, mainly on agricultural policy reform, EU structural funds, and regional development policy.
He was also involved in setting-up the EU Community Initiative for the promotion of local rural development action (LEADER).
From 1991 to 2002 Heino von Meyer has worked for various directorates at OECD headquarters in Paris; initially as Head of the Territorial Data and Indicators unit, subsequently as principal administrator in charge of the OECD Environmental Performance Reviews.
He also participated in several horizontal projects such as the OECD report on sustainable development.
Since 2003 he is the Head of the OECD Berlin Centre, a liaison and information office for the German speaking Member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.