Brief Biography

Dr. Gunter Zietlow is a Transportation Engineer and Economist and has a Doctorate in Transport Planning and a Master's Degree in Aviation and Space Technology. He has more than 43 years of experience in the transport sector, with the emphasis on planning and execution of technical assistance projects related to the financial and institutional reform of the road sector worldwide. During the last thirteen years he has developed strategies for implementing performance-based road management and maintenance, designed performance-based road contracts, and conducted several training courses and lectures on this subject in several countries in Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe. During the previous 10 years Dr. Zietlow was directing the German Technical Assistance Program “Financial and Institutional Reform of Road Maintenance in Latin America and the Caribbean”. The principal elements of this program included the creation of road maintenance funds, the transformation of existing road administrations into autonomous road agencies, and the design and implementation of performance-based road management and maintenance contracts. Road maintenance funds have been established in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and seven states in Brazil. In addition, the program assisted in designing and implementing pilot projects for performance-based road management and maintenance projects in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru, and Uruguay. For more details visit the website Prior to his engagement in Latin America, Dr. Zietlow was Chief of the Transport and Construction Division of the German Development Corporation (GTZ) in Germany responsible for Transport and Construction projects of the GTZ worldwide. He also served as Senior Transport Advisor to the Minister of Transport in Jordan and was Associate Professor for Transport Planning at the Catholic University of Valparaíso in Chile.


Dr. Zietlow has been selected as International Road Federation Man of the Year 2003 in merit for pioneering activities and achievements in the realm of performance-based road management and maintenance contracts and road maintenance funds in Latin America.

Recent Publications and Papers

Cutting Costs and Improving Quality through Performance-Based Road Management and Maintenance Contracts - The Latin American and OECD Experiences , Dr. Gunter Zietlow, University of Birmingham (UK), Senior Road Executives Courses, Birmingham, April 2011.

Regional Survey of Alternative Forms of Road Maintenance Delivery, Dr. Gunter Zietlow, Caribbean Development Bank, Barbados, November 2009.

Study on the use of Performance-based Contracts (PBC) in Road Network Maintenance, Dr. Gunter Zietlow, Dr. Geoff Edmonds, European Development Fund, November 2008.

Role of the Private Sector in Managing and Maintaining Roads, Gunter J. Zietlow, Chapter 15 of the book "Street Smart: Competition, Entrepreneurship and the Future of Roads" by Gabriel Roth (editor), Transaction Publishers, 2006.

The Road Safety Cent - Management and Financing of Road Safety in Low Income Countries, Dr. Gunter Zietlow, GTZ, Eschborn 2006.

Road funds: Sustainable financing and management of Latin American Roads, Gunter Zietlow, Transportation and Communications Bulletin for Asia and the Pacific, No. 75, Road Maintenance Funds, United Nations, 2005.

Using Micro-Enterprises to Create Local Contracting Capacity - The Latin American Experience, Dr. Gunter Zietlow, Washington D.C., April 2005.

Implementing Performance-based Road Management and Maintenance Contracts in Developing Countries – An Instrument of German Technical Cooperation, Dr. Gunter Zietlow, Eschborn, Germany, November 2004.