Bernhard is of Austrian origin, living and working in Vienna and Brussels. He holds an M.A. in law from the University of Vienna and 2 post-graduate degrees, M.Sc. in humanitarian management & logistics from the University of Lugano and M.A.S. in renewable energy systems from the Technical University of Vienna.
Bernhard is Director of the EU-Umweltbüro in Vienna, a green NGO, as well as Vice-President of the European Environmental Bureau/EEB, Europe’s largest environment umbrella organization based in Brussels. His main foci are environmental legislation and its implementation, both on the European and national level, circular economy, renewable energies, biodiversity and sustainable development as well as advocacy and lobbying.