Bernardas is a Project Manager at SEI Headquarters working for the Mistra Geopolitics Programme as well as wider SEI project management support. He is managing the Mistra Geopolitics Programme which will critically examine how the dynamics of geopolitics, human security and global environmental change interrelate.
The programme concerns how our society needs to be reformed in order to address increasing resource scarcity while securing a positive development and political stability in the 21st Century – an epoch referred as the Anthropocene. Furthermore, Bernardas will be supporting SEI with other upcoming projects.
Bernardas has an extensive experience with various project and programme management in the areas of sustainable development, transboundary resource management and collaboration building.
Previously to SEI, Bernardas worked at GRID-Arendal with a number of transboundary water resource management projects in the basins of Lake Victoria, Okavango and Limpopo rivers, Caspian Sea and Druksiai lake, while focusing on environment and security issues, environmental change, natural disaster management and capacity building.
Later on, he supported OSPAR Commission and its governments with the more coherent implementation of EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive in the North East Atlantic region through the successful delivery of the EU funded project EcApRHA and Intermediate Assessment 2017.
Most recently, while working with the World Water Council, Bernardas managed the Climate Department, supporting and advising governments, international and civil society organizations in strengthening the role of water in positive climate change action as part of the UNFCCC framework in order to successfully implement the Paris Agreement.
Bernardas holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Impact Assessment and Management from the University of Manchester, UK and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Vilnius, Lithuania.