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Industry Fellow, Centre for Social Impact, Swinburne University of Technology

Krystian Seibert is an internationally recognised expert on philanthropy and the not-for-profit sector, whose work spans the boundaries of policy development, education and research.

He holds a joint appointment as an Industry Fellow at the Centre for Social Impact Swinburne and a Policy and Regulatory Specialist at Philanthropy Australia, as part of a key strategic partnership between the two organisations.

Krystian has particular expertise in relation to the public policy and regulatory frameworks that apply to philanthropy and the not-for-profit sector, and is an active participant in policy debates in these areas.

He is an engaged educator, teaching units in the Graduate Certificate and Master of Social Impact programs offered by the university’s School of Business, Law and Entrepreneurship.

Krystian was previously the Advocacy & Insight Manager at Philanthropy Australia. Prior to this, he was an adviser to a former Australian Assistant Treasurer in the Australian Government. In this role he was responsible for the delivery of major not-for-profit sector reforms including the establishment of Australia’s first independent charities regulator, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), and the passage of Australia’s first comprehensive statutory definition of charity, the Charities Act 2013.

He is a frequent media commentator and is regularly asked to provide expert commentary on philanthropy and the not-for-profit sector in Australia and beyond for print, radio and TV. He has provided commentary for ABC News, The Age, The Australian, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the New York Times. His writing has featured in publications such as The Age, The Australian, The Conversation, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Alliance Magazine and Pro Bono Australia News.

Krystian is a member of various Australian and international advisory bodies, including the Australian Taxation Office's Not-for-profit Stewardship Group, the Advisory Council of the International Centre for Nonprofit Law, and the Editorial Advisory Boards of Alliance Magazine and the Third Sector Review.

He also serves as Chair of Mental Health First Aid Australia, a Melbourne-based organisation with global reach which is focused on providing high quality, evidence-based mental health first aid education to everyone.

Krystian has completed a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science focusing on regulatory policy, and a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) from Deakin University. He is currently undertaking a PhD at Swinburne University of Technology focusing on the regulation of structured philanthropy.


  • 2018–present
    Industry Fellow, Centre for Social Impact, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2016–2018
    Adjunct Industry Fellow, Centre for Social Impact, Swinburne University of Technology


  • 2009 
    The London School of Economics and Political Science, MSc Regulation (Commercial and Financial Regulation)
  • 2007 
    Deakin University, Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) and Bachelor of Laws