Thursday, 17 May 2018 22:39

FinTech Australia appoints new CEO

FinTech Australia CEO Brad Kitschke and FinTech Australia chair Stuart Stoyan FinTech Australia CEO Brad Kitschke and FinTech Australia chair Stuart Stoyan

Brad Kitschke, the policy head who helped Uber launch in Australia, has been appointed chief executive of FinTech Australia, the association representing fintechs in the financial services sector.

FinTech, a not-for-profit industry association for some 243 financial services technology companies, says these companies are using innovation and technology to deliver improved and new financial services, both for businesses and consumers.

Kitschke has an extensive career in public policy and public affairs, including working as the head of public policy and government relations at Uber from 2014-2017 and being executive director of the Australian Sporting Goods Association from 2010-2012.

At ASGA, Kitschke was a leading voice in the retail industry as it tackled the challenges resulting from online retail and what FinTech Australia describes as an anti-competitive regulatory landscape.

“It is a tremendous honour to be able to lead an organisation which has been able to achieve so much to advance the fintech cause in a relatively short period,” Kitschke said.

“FinTech Australia has established itself as a credible and consistent policy voice, along with a fantastic connector and promoter of the fintech community through events such as the Intersekt fintech festival and Finnie awards.”

Kitschke said one of his priorities would be to drive FinTech Australia’s ongoing advocacy to introduce an open banking framework.

“FinTech Australia has had a major policy win through the government’s open banking announcement on 10 May but there is still an incredible amount of work to be done,” he said.

“I will be ensuring that our members’ voice is heard in the creation of a secure and seamless open banking framework over the next 12 months.”

Kitschke said he was also looking forward to promoting the Australian fintech industry as a genuine alternative to established financial industry players, in the wake of revelations in the Financial Services Royal Commission.

“The fintech industry is delivering new and exciting services in financial advice and lending – which are areas that have been examined to date by the Royal Commission.

“I’ll be looking at opportunities to promote this industry, both here and abroad, to both customers and investors. I will also be continuing our ongoing and important role to connect this industry so that we can help business collaboration and the sharing of innovative ideas.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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