Dr Bernasconi was born on 4 November 1964 in Basel (Switzerland) and is a Swiss citizen. He joined the Hague Conference in 1997 as Secretary, was appointed First Secretary in 2000 and became Deputy Secretary General in 2011. He holds a law degree from Fribourg University in Switzerland (magna cum laude), an LL.M. degree from McGill University in Montreal (Canada) in comparative law (with a Master's Thesis on Oligopolies in unfair competition law), and a doctoral degree from Fribourg University (summa cum laude).
A brief biography of Dr Bernasconi is available here.