Bernard Rey holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine and a Master of Science in Economics of Development. He started his career in International Agricultural Research Institutions in Mexico, the Netherlands and Ethiopia.
He subsequently served in the Delegations of the European Union in Nigeria, Kenya and Madagascar in charge of the EU Rural Development portfolios in these countries. He was heading the EU Development Cooperation in Kenya until he was promoted to be the deputy Head of Unit for sustainable agriculture and Food and nutrition security in EuropeAid Headquarters. In this capacity, he chaired over two years the group of development partners to the Africa Union CAADP, and represents the European Commission in the CGIAR governing entities.