Prior to his appointment as director of the Global Policy Academy, Bernhard worked for the OSCE, an international organization devoted to ‘hard’ security as well as to human rights diplomacy. He was involved in policy design and public relations, both at the level of field missions and at the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) in Warsaw (special adviser to the director, 2006-2012). He has held positions at the European Union Monitoring Mission in Bosnia; the United Nations Administration Mission in Kosovo (acting Temporary Media Commissioner, 2003), and with the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.