Countess Bettina Bernadotte af Wisborg
Foundation Board Member
Countess Bettina Bernadotte, born 1974 in Scherzingen, Switzerland, is the oldest daughter of Countess Sonja and Count Lennart Bernadotte. Following her degree in Business Administration in Tourism (Destination Management) at the University of Cooperative Education in Ravensburg and work as an independent corporate consultant for companies in the tourism industry, she prepared to assume direction of Mainau enterprise by serving as Personal Assistant to her mother and as Authorized Signatory from 2004 to 2007.
Countess Bettina Bernadotte assumed leadership of Mainau GmbH in 2007 with the goal of leading the family business into a successful future, a primary focus resting on nature experience for both tourists as well as participants of the island’s offers in nature education. In direct relation, an important concern for Countess Bettina is Mainau’s continuous pursuit to maintain the values outlined in the “Grüne Charta” (Green Charter), which promotes respect for nature and its preservation. She also seeks to encourage those who visit or encounter Mainau Island in some way to relax and to simplify their lives.
Since October 2008, Countess Bettina Bernadotte is president of the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings and member of the Board of the Foundation Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. She has been a member of the Council since 2005.
Aside from her commitment to the Lindau Dialogue, Countess Bettina Bernadotte is a member of the Executive Board of the German Horticulture Society (Deutsche Gartenbau-Gesellschaft) and holds several other honorary positions. She is a member of the Council of PLAN INTERNATIONAL Hamburg and a member of the Administrative Council for the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart. She additionally supports the European mini cooks through her Patronage and initiated the European mini gardeners, organisations to promote culinary arts as well as gardening with children.