David Bernstein is a lawyer who has worked in private legal practice, for the U.S. State Department and for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development before joining the World Bank in late 2003. He has worked on public sector reform projects focusing on the justice sector since 1992. The majority of his work has been with the former communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
Upon joining the World Bank, David served as a Team Leader for a number of World Bank investment loans in the justice sector and has led teams conducting justice reform research in a number of countries. In mid-2010, David transferred to the World Bank's Integrity Vice Presidency where he is working in the Preventive Services Unit. He has responsibility for the countries of the East Asia-Pacific region, where his focus is on improving the anti-corruption efforts in World Bank projects and reaching out to government counterparts to share experiences and knowledge on anti-corruption mechanisms and assist with capacity building efforts.