Bernd Fesel has been the creative industries advisor for the European Capital of Culture Ruhr 2010 and the advisor of the German UNESCO Commission and the German Federal Foreign Office. He works as an independent cultural events organiser and cultural-political advisor. Bernd studied Economics and Philosophy in Heidelberg and Bonn from 1983 to 1990 and graduated with an economist degree. In 1997 he became managing director of Federal Association of German Galleries. During this time he launched a presentation portal for German galleries, organised the first online art fair with the support of the Deutsche Telekom and developed an educative CD-Rom on the art of the 60s, which was distinguished by the European Commission.
From 2000 to 2004 he was honorary spokesperson of the German Arts Council, since 2002 he has been board member of the German Council for Cultural statistics (GCCS) and for next 2 years chairman of the expert committee “Taxes” in the German Cultural Council (GCC). In 2003 Bernd Fesel initiated the national conference on cultural industries in Berlin, which is organised every year in cooperation with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, GCCS and GCC. The fourth conference in 2007 was focused on creative industries in Europe and part of the German EU-Presidency. Bernd Fesel supervises the seminar serials “Strategies in the arts market” and occupies teaching positions at the University in Hagen (since 2004), the Friedrich-Wilhelm-University in Bonn (2006) and the University of the Arts in Berlin (2007). Since 2007 the Office for Cultural Policies and Industries is cooperation partner of the training programme „Management in the Art Market” at the Freie Universität in Berlin, the biggest advanced training centre in Germany. This is the first advanced training dealing with the arts market which closes with a certificate. He is a member of the Advisory board of the Bundesakademie Wolfenbüttel.