Thursday, 28 March 2019 12:52

Gardner joins Swinburne as Australia’s ‘first’ adjunct professor of fintech

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Toby Gardner with faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Business and Law Professor Michael Gilding Toby Gardner with faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Business and Law Professor Michael Gilding

Toby Gardner, chief executive and co-founder of fintech startup Finch, has been appointed by Victoria's Swinburne University as the first adjunct professor of Fintech in Australia.

Gardner will also join as Swinburne's entrepreneur-in-residence, and will spend time mentoring staff, researchers, students and alumni.

His appointment follows as Swinburne launches Australia’s first post-graduate course in financial technology that it says will provide graduates with an understanding of the major emerging technologies and how they affect products, services and business models across financial services industries.

Gardner brings over 15 years' experience in technology mergers and acquisitions and strategy, and corporate innovation from Silicon Valley and Australia to the role.

The university said that combined with his academic history including an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, and being a CFA Charterholder, Gardner’s unique blend of finance, corporate innovation and startup experience would provide valuable, practical insights to students.

"I'm honoured to be appointed to this role and I look forward to sharing my experience as a fintech entrepreneur. With changes in regulation and open banking on the horizon, there couldn't be a more exciting time to be in the industry. It's great to see Swinburne University collaborating with the local fintech ecosystem to prepare the next generation of fintech professionals," Gardner said.

Professor Michael Gilding, faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Business and Law said: "We are excited by Toby’s appointment, which is a perfect fit with our new Master in Financial Technologies and Swinburne’s mission in innovation, entrepreneurship and industry engagement. Toby will bring practical real-world insights into the challenges of start-up creation, building trust in new technologies and lagging regulatory frameworks into the classroom.”

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