Jörg De Bernardi was born on 13 September 1973. He graduated from the University of Neuchâtel with a degree in Theology in 1998 and obtained a Master's in Applied Ethics from the University of Zurich in 2002. Between 1999 and 2000, he headed the central services of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Basel and then took on the role of project manager at the Swiss Study Foundation in Zurich, where he was responsible for developing the course structure.
In 2003, Jörg De Bernardi entered the diplomatic service at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). After completing his training during postings in Bern and Addis Ababa, he joined the UN Coordination Service, which ensures the coherence of Swiss policy relating to the UN. In 2008, he transferred to the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), where he joined the WTO Section of the World Trade Division, developing and coordinating Switzerland's WTO negotiating positions in trade facilitation matters.
Commencing in March 2011, Jörg De Bernardi served as the Canton of Ticino's delegate for relations with the federal government. As such, he represented Ticino's interests at the federal level on behalf of the Cantonal Council and fostered relations with the secretariats of the cantonal conferences.
On 1 August, Jörg De Bernardi took on the role of Vice Chancellor, heading the Federal Council Sector. In coordination with the Federal Chancellor and the Federal Council spokesperson, he bears overall responsibility for ensuring that all tasks relating to the preparation and follow-up of Federal Council meetings are carried out properly and in a timely manner. Furthermore, he is also responsible on a strategic, organisational and financial level for seven organisational units, including the Federal Chancellery's Language Services and the Official Publications Centre.
In addition to being bilingual in Italian and German, Jörg De Bernardi also speaks French and English.