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Estrada J. Bernard, ESQ

Chairman

Estrada J. Bernard has served IB as Chairman of the Board since 2011. In his long and successful career, Mr. Bernard has worked for several entities including the Government of Liberia, where he served as a member of the President’s Cabinet in a number of capacities, including as an Attorney General, Secretary of Health and Social Welfare, Secretary of Labor, Youth & Sports, Deputy Minister of Justice, and Chief Legal Counsel for the ministries of Finance and Public Works. He also held the positions of Vice President with the Interracial Council for Business Development, and Assistant to the Chairman of the Board with The Equitable Bank in New York.

Mr. Bernard worked as an Adjunct Professor at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law of University of Liberia, where he taught courses in corporate law and business ethics. He served as Chairman and member on the Board of Directors of Blackwood Hodge (Liberia) Inc., Liberia Cinemas and Pan Africa Chemicals. He is also a Legal Counsel & Board Member of the West African Finance & Investment Corporation, West African Agricultural Company, West African Stores, Inc. and founder of Bernard Law Firm, providing legal services to international investors in Liberia.

Mr. Bernard graduated from the Washington College of Law of American University in Washington, DC where he obtained both his Bachelor and Jurist Doctor Degrees. He was admitted to the Liberian Bar Association, and was subsequently admitted to the New York State Bar Association.