I lead Stone & Chalk Melbourne and I'm passionate about making Victoria a world class fintech hub.
In my former life, I worked in the tax and legal practice of a Big 4 accounting firm in Melbourne, Australia. I specialised in international tax and structured financing deals.
I co-founded a company when I was 18 - Spectrum Tuition. I ran operations, compliance and digital projects during my time at Spectrum Tuition. I also helped build out the company's franchise strategy.
I'm the founding CEO of Fintech Victoria - a Victorian government seed funded organisation. Fintech Victoria aims to amplify, grow and connect the Victorian fintech ecosystem.
I also sit on the board of Fintech Australia where I'm the chairman, I'm part of the Federal Government’s Fintech Advisory Group and I'm a member of ASIC’s Digital Finance Advisory Committee.
I graduated university with a double degree in Commerce/ Law both with honours. I also have a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Melbourne.
My main area of focus during my economics degree was in the field of applied industrial organisation. More specifically, both my honours and masters theses were on modelling competition in the Victorian retail petrol markets. I graduated with first class honours.
During my law degree, I focused most of my attention on corporate and commercial law. I was awarded the tax prize for coming first in my year in tax law and completed my thesis in the area of insider trading. For my law thesis, I examined how triple penalties impact insider trading enforcement.
I began my advisory career at a Big 4 accounting firm in their tax and legal practice. During my time as an advisor I worked on a number of high profile cross-border reorganisations, structured financing deals, mergers and acquisitions.
As an advisor, I predominately worked on international tax matters and structured financing deals. Further, I have experience working on tax and legal issues across a number of jurisdictions, these include: Netherlands, Hong Kong, Philippines, Chile, US, Switzerland, Isle of Man and the UK.
When I was 18 I co-founded a company - Spectrum Tuition
In 2011 I returned to Spectrum Tuition to take over day-to-day operations. During my time there I developed Spectrum Tuition into one of Melbourne's best year 1-12 tutoring centres with further plans to extend our footprint across Australia via a franchise program which I developed.
I also led digital projects and deployed a number of successful initatives (see for example www.spectrumlearning.com.au).
Blockchain & Digital Currencies
I'm also a sought after regulatory advisor in the Blockchain space. I've advised and presented to government departments, ASX listed companies, angel investors, VCs and startups on the impact of Blockchain technology across a number of industries. I've also spoken at international conferences on legal and regulatory issues related to the digital currency industry.
More recently on the regulatory front, I led and wrote FinTech Australia’s Digital Currency and Blockchain technology industry submission to the Australian Treasury. In response to this, the government has removed 'double GST' on digital currency in Australia - one of the key recommendations of the submission. I have acted as an industry expert on a variety of consultations undertaken by government departments on digital currency and blockchain technology.
I'm also the co-organiser of the Blockchain Melbourne meetup group (15th largest blockchain meetup in the world), Hyperledger Melbourne meetup group, Next Money Melbourne meetup group and I was a founding member of the FinTech Melbourne meetup group (the largest FinTech Meetup in the Asia Pacific region).
I'm the Chairman of Fintech Australia and I established the organisation's digital currency and Blockchain sub-committee.
I co-authored and taught RMIT's first blockchain strategy course. This course was the first blockchain course backed by an Australian university.
In the media, I've been quoted on digital currency and Blockchain related issues in publications such as the Australian and The Financial Review (see below for references).
I'm the editor of The Week In Bitcoin, a curated email newsletter that is subscribed to by many industry insiders and is commonly praised for its deep analysis.
I'm the founding CEO of Fintech Victoria. Fintech Victorian is government seed funded organisation that aims to amplify, grow and connect the Victorian fintech ecosystem.
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