Advisory Board

Robert Bernard

Mr. Bernard is Global Head of Strategic Partnerships at National Geographic.  In this capacity, Bernard is responsible for building and cultivating sustainable alliances with organizations, foundations and corporations to increase the impact of National Geographic’s vision of a planet in balance.

Prior to National Geographic, Mr. Bernard was at Microsoft Corporation, where he served as chief environmental strategist, defining and implementing the global technical, business and operational strategies for the company’s environmental work. Under his guidance, Microsoft transformed its approach to sustainability, restructured its energy sourcing strategy, achieved carbon neutrality through a first-of-its-kind internal carbon tax, and invested in and created breakthrough technologies and programs in resource efficiency. It also launched a $50 million “AI for Earth” initiative and created new engineering teams to pursue opportunities in energy efficiency, utility energy management and precision agriculture.

Before joining Microsoft, Bernard founded and ran a real estate development company. He has held board and advisory positions with Breakthrough Energy Coalition, Corporate EcoForum, Freedom to Roam, the Bainbridge Schools Foundation, Green Grid, Advanced Energy Economy and the University of California Davis Energy Efficiency Center. A recipient of an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Bernard earned an undergraduate degree in English from Columbia University.