Prof. Dr. Bernhard Lorentz

Managing Partner, Markets Leader GSA

Bernhard Lorentz is managing partner markets at EY Germany, Switzerland, Austria, as well as head of EY Carbon, a new EY Brand dedicated to supporting European industries on their way into a decarbonized world.  

Bernhard Lorentz serves on numerous boards of public, academic and philanthropic institutions. He is also founder of several social enterprises. As president of one of the largest German private foundations, he showed how much influence strategic philanthropy can have on major political reform processes. During this time, he founded several of today’s leading think tanks in the fields of climate and energy (Agora Energiewende, Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change), digital society (Stiftung Neue Verantwortung), migration/ integration (Expert Council on Integration/ Sachverständigenrat Integration) and international politics (MERICS). As the founding managing director of the Hertie School of Governance, he established the first university for public policy in Germany. 

Bernhard Lorentz studied law and history in Tübingen, Berlin, Sussex and at Johns Hopkins and is an honorary professor at the Free University of Berlin. He was awarded various fellowships and publishes in high-ranking journals and major newspapers on public-private partnerships, strategic philanthropy and third-sector management, as well as in the areas of climate change, energy policy, migration, and research and education policy.