Dr. Richard C. Beaird, a Senior International Policy Advisor in Wiley Rein LLP’s International Telecommunications Practice, is a former Senior Deputy United States Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy and Office Director for Multilateral Affairs within the U.S. Department of State’s Deputate of International Communications and Information Policy, is recognized domestically and internationally for his in depth understanding of all major international telecommunications policy issues involving multilateral and bilateral forums.
Drawing on over 30 years of high-level government experience as well as his background in senior positions with a Fortune 500 company, he assists U.S. companies seeking to expand internationally as well as non-U.S. companies and organizations planning to invest in, monitor or understand the U.S. and international markets. Dr. Beaird, while serving in the Department of State, was founder of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum–s telecommunication working group, has multi-decade experience at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and was the first official from the United States to be elected chair of the International Telecommunication Union’s Council. He also served in senior roles at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, including acting as the principal negotiator on telecommunications services in the landmark market-opening negotiations with Japan’ ”the first trade negotiation involving telecommunication services.
Dr. Beaird regularly lectures at distinguished policy meetings, including conferences of the United Nations and has served as a regular guest speaker at Harvard University, The George Washington University and Georgetown University. He received his Ph.D. and B.A., cum laude, from the University of Colorado.