Burkhard studied at Teesside University UK in 2010, Master of Arts – Financial Investigation & Financial Crime. He then studied at the Austrian Police Academy, 1983 – 1985 and 1990 – 1991, CID Officer, specialised in Economic and Financial Crime Investigations.
From December 2020 onwards Bukhard has been Head of Department European Economic & Financial Crime Centre. In January 2017 – December 2020 Buckhard was Head of Unit EU Policy matters and coordination at the Austrian Ministry of the Interior. In February 2007 – December 2016 Buckard was Head of the Europol Criminal Assets Bureau and from 1991 to 2007 he was Financial Investigator in various roles and had responsibilities in the area of combating money laundering and organised crime – Economic Crime Unit, AT – FIU, Task Force on Organised Crime – Ministry of the Interior, Austrian Asset Recovery Office. He was a Member of the AT FATF Delegation, founding member of the Egmont Group of FIUs and the CARIN Network of Asset Recovery Experts, Chairman of Law Enforcement Council Working Groups under the AT EU Presidencies in 2006 and 2018.
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