Bernard is a subject matter expert on Sub-Saharan Africa. He holds a PhD. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University, V.A. and a B.A. in International Relations and Political Science from Lynn University, F.L. Bernard joined WorldAware’s Africa team in 2010 as an analyst and became the team's leader in August 2014. His primary areas of responsibility include the Great Lakes Region of Africa and some Francophone West African and Central African countries, most notably, Gabon, Cote d'Ivoire, Central African Republic (CAR), Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Burundi. His particular analytical interests include the future of the volatile Great Lakes Region and the effects of armed conflicts on security, stability and business continuity in the region. He is originally from the DRC and survived this country's 1996 and 1998 civil wars and moved to several other African countries including Burundi, Zambia, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. Bernard is fluent in French, Swahili, Esperanto, and two local languages from the DRC (Lingala and Kifuliiru) and can also speak some Shona from Zimbabwe.