Bernard is the Head of the School of Risk and Actuarial Studies at the University of New South Wales. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia, a Fulbright Scholar, and obtained his PhD in mathematical sciences from the Australian National University.
His current research interests span two main areas: modelling of dependence in stochastic processes, optimal dividend and capitalisation policy for risk business, as well as the interaction between the aforementioned problems. His research has been recognised via the award of numerous prizes, including the Hachemeister Prize.
Bernard has taught most of the courses in the professional actuarial foundation program, with a particular focus on financial economics and asset-liability modelling. More recently, his teaching focus has been in the areas of risk management (corresponding to the Certified Enterprise Risk Actuary syllabus) and in data analytics for actuarial applications.
Prior to his return to academia, Bernard worked in the Sydney office of Actuarial Consultants Tillinghast-Towers Perrin, and his contributions to the profession during this period were recognized by the Institute of Actuaries of Australia by the award of the Melville Practitioner's Prize. Bernard is currently a member of the Australian Actuaries Institute Data Analytics Practice Committee, and is on the Board of ASTIN, the non-life insurance section of the International Actuarial Association.