Bernard joined EFAMA in 2000 and is in charge of the Pensions Standing Committee, the Economics and Research Standing Committee as well as the Investor Education Platform. Bernard is responsible for monitoring industry and market trends and has contributed to all initiatives taken by EFAMA to promote the creation of the pan-European Personal Pension Product (PEPP). Bernard served as Vice-Chair of EIOPA’s Occupational Pensions Stakeholder Group (OPSG) between April 2016 and October 2018, and as Chair of the OPSG between October 2018 and July 2020. Bernard was appointed for a new term in the OPSG, starting in July 2020, and he was re-elected OPSG Chair for a term of two years. Bernard also served as a member of ESMA’s Group of Economic Advisers in 2014-2016.
Prior to joining EFAMA, Bernard was a policy advisor to the Belgian Minister of Finance and previously he worked as an economist at the International Monetary Fund in Washington. Bernard holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and has held various teaching positions at the Catholic University of Louvain and the University of Namur in Belgium.