Bernardo Gradin was born in Bahia, Brazil in 1964. He is a Civil Engineer by Politechnic School of Federal University of Bahia (1988), with a University of Pennsylvania MA in International Studies and a Wharton MBA (1993).
He worked at Odebrecht Group from 1988 to 1999 in Brazil and in the U.S. In 2000 he moved to Braskem, where he was CEO from 2008 to 2010.
In 2011 he founded and became CEO of GranBio, a Biotechnology Industrial company and President of Inspirare Institute, a non-profit organization oriented to foster basic education in Brazil.
Bernardo is Executive Board Member of ABIQUIM (Brazilian Chemical Association), Board Member of CNPEM (Brazilian National Labs), Board Member of IEDI, member of the WEF Chemical Community and member of CNI-MEI.