Roland Bernecker was Secretary-General of the German Commission for UNESCO (2004-2019). During his leadership of the organisation, he founded the prestigious international cultural volunteer service kulturweit, established a broad cooperation with Commissions in Africa and initiated the network of European Commissions for UNESCO. He was German delegate in the negotiations of two legal instruments of UNESCO (Intangible Cultural Heritage 2003 / Diversity of Cultural Expressions 2005) and Member of the Panel for the European Heritage Label (2013-2017). From 2002 to 2004 he worked in the German Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. Previously, he was Director of the French-German Cultural Institute in Nantes, France, and Lecturer at the University of Nantes.