Victor Bernard is the Programme Officer for the Raoul Wallenberg Institute (RWI) based in Bangkok, Thailand, where he manages RWI’s regional programmes on human rights and the environment, focusing on regional and national stakeholders. He joined RWI in 2018 spearheading a number of regional research initiatives, including RWI’s thematic study on the right to a healthy environment in Southeast Asia, and a discussion brief on integrating a rights-based approach to national adaptation plans. In addition, he has overseen the implementation of a series of blended learning courses and events on human rights, the environment, and climate change, targeting justice sector actors, national human rights institutions, and other stakeholders.

Victor also serves as a technical advisor at the Stockholm Environment Institute’s Strategic Collaborative Fund (SCF), where he provides advisory support on the integration of a rights-based approach in the design and implementation of SCF-funded regional environmental policy events.

Prior to his appointment at RWI, Victor worked as a Program Manager at Sida’s humanitarian unit overseeing its humanitarian programmes in South Sudan and providing technical assistance in the areas of protection mainstreaming, human rights and environmental sustainability. Victor was formerly the Program Associate for the Asia Foundation, providing research support to its regional and country programmes in Asia on conflict and development, governance and migration, and human rights.

Through his experiences, Victor has developed a keen interest in human rights, climate change adaptation, access to justice, conflict and peace, and environmental sustainability.

Victor holds a bachelor’s degree in politics and international relations from the University of York, a postgraduate degree in peace and conflict studies from the University of St Andrews, and a master’s degree in international law from the University of Edinburgh.