Bernard de Galembert holds a degree in Economics and, more recently, in Human resources management. He spent most of his career in European public affairs, first for the Confederation of European Sugar Manufacturers (CEFS) as chief economic adviser, then at the European farmers’ union COPA-COGECA, where he notably managed the forestry working party. After six months in Paris as President’s adviser at the French landowers’s association (FNPA) and as director of a trade magazine (La propriété agricole), he joined the European Landowners’ Organisation (ELO). In 2002, he became Forest Director at the Confederation of European Paper Industries. Within CEPI, he also took over the responsibility of Innovation, of the Bioeconomy and of Social Affairs. In his role, he was part of the FAO advisory committee for sustainable forest products and active member of the international Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA). Since 2020, first as senior manager and now as director at the European Council of Chemical Industries (Cefic), he deals with dossiers related to the bioeconomy, biomass-derived and biobased chemicals. In that capacity, he manages and coordinates a sector group devoted to biomass-derived chemicals, BioChem Europe.
Next to his professional curriculum, Bernard de Galembert also manages two family companies involved in farming and forestry.