Born in 1966, Bernard de Galembert holds a Master degree in Economics, with a specialisation in European Affairs.
From 1991 to 1994, he worked as Chief Economic Adviser to the Confederation of European Sugar Manufacturers (CEFS). He wrote two books on EU subsidies and programmes in favour of companies.
From 1994 to 1996, he joined the European Farmers’ Union (COPA-COGECA) where, amongst other things, he was in charge of setting up and managing the Working Group on Forestry and the one on Agro-tourism.
In 1996, he was as the President’s Adviser of the French Landowners’ Federation (FNPA). At the same, he became Director General of a monthly trade magazine. He was later appointed Chief Policy Adviser of the European Landowners’ Organisation (ELO) in 1997.
He joined CEPI as Forest Director in 2002. His competencies covered international (United Nations Forum on Forests, etc.) and European (Forest Europe, European Forestry Strategy, etc.) processes related to forestry, as well as policy areas such as wood supply for the European paper industry, certification of sustainable forestry, illegal logging, renewable energy sources, climate and forests, water and forests, etc.
As of September 2014, he has taken the position of Innovation and Bioeconomy Director. Within that position, he overlooks issues related to bio-based products, research and innovation policies, resource availability, access to markets, access to finances for new businesses and new products. In that position, he took part to the founding of the European Bioeconomy Alliance (EUBA) that gathers 12 European associations active in fields relevant for the bioeconomy. With the support of the Forest-based Sector Technology Platform, of which he is member of the Board, he is also exploring funding opportunities for research and innovation in the pulp and paper industry.
In parallel, he is actively involved in the global forest and paper organisation ICFPA (International Council of Forest and Paper Associations) and member of the Steering Committee of the FAO Advisory Committee for Sustainable Forest Industries (ACSFI).
Bernard de Galembert also dedicates part of his time in CEPI as Social Affairs Director.
Bernard de Galembert is also managing a farmland and a forest company in Burgundy since 2001.