Born in 1957, resident of Kristiansand. Bernander is manager and owner of Tophdal AS. He is chair of the board of directors of Pareto Shipbroker AS, member of the board of directors of GIEK, Johan G. Olsen AS, Jiffy International AS, Kruse Smith AS, Sørlaminering AS and Amedia AS. Bernander has served as CEO of Viking Heat Engines AS, Norwegian Federation of Enterprises (NHO), Director General of Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK), CEO of Assuranceforeningen Gard (P&I) and Project Manager/Partner of Mosvold Supply PLC Cyprus. Bernander was member of the Norwegian Parliament 1989-1993, State Secretary to the Ministry of Trade and Industry in 1990 and deputy chair in the Conservative Party of Norway (Høyre) 1991-1994.