Bernard joined Capitalmind as Non-Executive Partner in February 2017.
Bernard has 30 years experience in International Banking, mainly in Commodity and Structured Finance.
Within Capitalmind, his main focus is soft and hard commodities i.e. food, industrials and trade related sectors. Naturally, advising on the financing of companies – whether it be banking, debt/mezzanine funds and/or PE – is also one of his specialities.
Bernard is fluent in Dutch, English and German.
Bernard is a well-known Dutch banker in the areas of (structured) commodity financing and emerging markets, especially in Eastern Europe.
From 2007-2016 Bernard served as Global Head of Structured Metals & Energy Finance. Joining ING Group in 1993, Bernard held various senior positions, including Global Co-Head of Commodities Group, Global Head of Structured Commodity Finance and Product Development and Head of Structured Commodity & Export Finance.
From August 2014 till January 2015, he also served as interim Head of ING Eurasia (Russia, Kazachstan and Ukraine).
Before ING, Bernard worked at ABN AMRO and Bank Mees & Hope.
Bernard serves as Chairman of the Netherlands-Russian Council for Trade Promotion since 2006.
Since June 2016 he is independent, non-executive member of the Board of Directors of UC Rusal.
He holds a Master degree in Business Law from Erasmus University in Rotterdam, is a regular speaker/moderator at sector conferences and guest lecturer at Nyenrode University.