Bernhard Niesner (Busuu)

Bernhard Niesner 1Bernhard Niesner (33 and originally from Vienna, Austria) is the CEO and Co-Founder of – the largest online community for language learning in the world with more than 15m users. provides audiovisual language courses in 12 different languages combined with direct interaction with native speakers of the community. The Madrid-based start-up was named “Best Education Start-Up in 2011” by TechCrunch Europe and received an angel investment from Martin Varsavsky.

Before founding, Bernhard worked at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in the area of consumer goods. In addition to his current role at, he is Associated Professor at IE Business Schools in the area of online marketing.

Bernhard graduated summa cum laude in International Business from the University of Vienna and holds an MBA (with honors) from IE Business School. In 2009 he was named “Entrepreneur of the year” in Austria. Bernhard lives in sunny Madrid where he likes to enjoy tapas and great wine. In his free time, Bernhard likes to play the piano, to ski in winter and kitesurf in summer.