Dr Beard is an Australian physician who since 1991 has held a range of senior public health and academic roles in Australia and the New York Academy of Medicine in the USA.
In 2010, he launched the Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities and from 2010 to 2012, he held the additional position of Director, Department of Gender, Women and Health with WHO. He is an Honorary Professor with University of Sydney. Dr Beard has published widely in the international literature.
Dr Beard was a lead writer and editor of the first World report on ageing and health (2015) and oversaw the development of the Global strategy and action plan on ageing and health, adopted by WHO Member States in May 2016.
Dr Beard was appointed Director of the Board of the Global Centre for Modern Ageing in January 2019.