James Bernard

An internationally recognized expert on multi-stakeholder partnerships with more than 25 years of experience, James brings his deep expertise in partnership development and execution and technology for international development to SSG’s government and private sector clients around the world. Prior to joining SSG, he was Senior Director of Global Strategic Partnerships for the Education Group at Microsoft, where he led a team that was responsible for building partnerships with publishers, education technology companies, Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) and international organizations such as the UN and World Bank. Between 2006 and 2008 James served as Vice President of Marketing and Communications for World Learning, an international NGO focused on educational exchange and international development.  He also held a number of positions at Microsoft between 1999 and 2006, working on consumer technology products, and digital access programs to bring technology to emerging markets. James is a frequent speaker on issues related to public-private partnerships in education and international development. He serves on the board of directors of Pact, a global NGO working on health, livelihood and environmental projects in 35 countries. He lives in Seattle.