Dr. Richard Swart is recognized as a global thought leader in the FinTech industry. He was recently appointed the Filene Fellow in Emerging Technology and Visiting Professor at the University of California, Irvine where we will focus on FinTech and its impact as part of the Institute for Money, Technology at Financial Inclusion.

Having served as a research scholar in the Institute for Business & Social Innovation in the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, he was the University’s resident expert on evolving models of alternative finance. He also organized the Annual Academic Symposium on Crowdfunding Research. He advises the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and works with several other prominent foundations, think tanks, funds and corporations. He is co-author of Crowdfunding: The Corporate Era, published in June 2015 by Elliott & Thompson.

He was the lead author on a research project for the World Bank exploring crowdfunding and funding models for innovative technology. He has lectured in Europe, the United Kingdom, Africa, the Middle East and throughout the United States. In recognition of his research in the UK, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

He partnered with the University of Cambridge to complete the first country-level study of alternative finance, “The Rise of Future Finance: The UK Alternative Finance Benchmarking Report.” He was recently appointed to the Industry Leadership Board at The Cambridge Center for Alternative Finance, a distinction afforded to select VIPs around the globe.

He is a former COO of an Internet startup that had a successful exit in 2010. Richard is a board member and strategic advisor to alternative investing and web technology firms.

Richard leverages over 20 years’ experience of proven leadership, academic rigor and an extensive global network to help educate and mentor firms, policy makers and businesses. He and is a highly trusted expert resource for governments, academics and crowdfunding platforms.

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