Krystian Seibert is a researcher, educator, non-executive director and advocate.
He is an Industry Fellow at the Centre for Social Impact at Swinburne University of Technology, which is a multi-disciplinary research centre focused on promoting positive social change through improving the systemic and organisational conditions that shape communities. Krystian’s areas of interest are the regulation of philanthropy and the not-for-profit sector, the role of not-for profit sector advocacy as a driver of social innovation, and the legitimacy or ‘social license’ of philanthropic and not-for-profit organisations.
Krystian was previously the Advocacy & Insight Manager at Philanthropy Australia, the peak body for philanthropy in Australia. His work there focused on advocating for public policies which will support more and better philanthropy in Australia, and contributing to the promotion and sharing of innovative practice within the philanthropic sector. He retains a strategic advisory role with Philanthropy Australia focused on its policy advocacy and thought leadership work.
Prior to this, Krystian was an adviser to a former Australian Assistant Treasurer. 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.
Krystian is also a Board Member of Mental Health First Aid Australia, a Melbourne based organisation with global reach that is focused on providing high quality, evidence-based mental health first aid education to everyone.
He is a frequent commentator on matters relating to public policy, philanthropy and the not-for-profit sector, with his writing featuring in publications such as The Age, The Australian, The Conversation, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Alliance Magazine and Pro Bono Australia News.