Richard is a leading authority on the aging of the population, and has written extensively on the demographics and economics of retirement and healthcare policy. He is the president of Global Aging Associates, a consultancy that provides research, advisory, and speaking services on strategic issues related to the aging of the population. He is also the president and founder of the Global Aging Institute, a nonprofit research and educational organization dedicated to raising awareness of the global aging challenge and to encouraging timely reform. In addition to being a senior adviser to The Terry Group, Richard is a senior adviser to the Concord Coalition and a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
From 2003 to 2013, Richard was a senior fellow at CSIS, where he directed a research program on global aging. From 1993 to 2002, he worked as an independent researcher, writer, and consultant on a wide range of public policy issues. From 1988 to 1992, he was a research fellow at the Hudson Institute, where he contributed to the path-breaking Workforce 2000 Project.
Richard is the author or co-author of numerous policy studies, including Lessons from Abroad for the U.S. Entitlement Debate (2014): The Global Aging Preparedness Index (2010 and 2013); Balancing Tradition and Modernity: The Future of Retirement in East Asia (2012); Global Aging and the Future of Emerging Markets (2011); and The Graying of the Great Powers: Demography and Geopolitics in the 21st Century (2008). Richard regularly speaks on aging-related issues and is widely quoted in the national and international media. He holds a PhD in history from Yale University.