One of the world's leading academic experts on media economics and management and government communications policies, Picard is North American representative of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was previously Director of Research at the Reuters Institute and a research fellow at Green Templeton College, Oxford, He also holds faculty posts at IESE Business School in New York, Tampere University, Finland, University of Canberra, Australia, and the Center for Media Management and Economics, Tsinghua University, China.
He is the author and editor of 30 books. Picard has been editor of the Journal of Media Business Studies and editor of The Journal of Media Economics. He has been a fellow at the Shorenstein Center at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a public policy fellow at the Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs, Louisiana State University.
He has been a consultant for media companies and government agencies in the U.S., Europe, Latin America, and Asia and regularly makes presentations to media trade organizations and academic organizations worldwide.