Dr. Richard M. Bird is Professor Emeritus at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto; Senior Fellow of the Institute for Municipal Governance and Finance, Munk School of Global Affairs; Distinguished Visiting Professor, Andrew Young School of Public Policy Georgia State University; and Adjunct Professor, Australian School of Taxation and Business Law in Sydney. He has lectured and published extensively on tax and public finance issues in many countries. He currently chairs the Advisory Group of the International Centre for Tax and Development at the Institute for Development Studies (UK).
He has served with the Fiscal Affairs Department of the IMF, been a visiting professor in the United States and the Netherlands, and been a frequent consultant to the World Bank and other national and international organizations. He has been the recipient of Douglas Sherbaniuk Award; Canadian Tax Foundation (1997) and Daniel M. Holland Award; National Tax Association (2006).
- Research Implications of Tax Compliance Cost Studies, International Video Conference organized by World Bank, February 1
- Subnational Taxation and Regulation, International Video Conference organized by World Bank, February 26
- Tax Administration Benchmarking, World Bank, Washington, May 1
- Business Property Taxes, C.D. Howe Institute, Toronto
- Taxation in Developing Countries, International Monetary Fund, Washington, July 23
- Taxing Services: The VAT and Local Business Taxes, Canadian Tax Foundation, Toronto, July 26
- Foreign Tax Advice in Developing Countries, Conference on Taxation and Development, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University, Atlanta GA, September 14
- Decentralization and Infrastructure: Can Theory and Practice Ever Meet? Conference on Infrastructure and Development, World Bank and Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University, Atlanta GA, September 26
- Researching Tax Exemptions: Possibilities and Priorities, Annual Meeting of International Centre for Tax and Development, Cape Town, South Africa, December 13