Dr. Richard SwartChief Strategy Officer, NextGen Crowdfunding
Dr. Richard Swart is recognized as a global thought leader in the crowdfunding industry. He is the Chief Strategy Officer of NextGen Crowdfunding, an industry-leading firm collecting data on the growth of industry crowdfunding, and helping investors and issuers understand the growth of the industry through online and in-person events and through its industry leading data dashboard.
Richard is a founding board member of the Crowdfunding Professional Association (CFPA) and the Crowdfunding Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CIFRA). He co-organized the first major national conference on crowdfunding and coordinated several educational events on the JOBS Act throughout the United States for the White House.
Having served as a research scholar in the Institute for Business & Social Innovation in the Haas School of Business, he was the University’s resident expert on crowdfunding and 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.
Richard has emerged as the global expert on developments in crowdfunding and alternative finance. 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.
Dr. Swart was the lead author and researcher on the World Bank’s report on “Crowdfunding and its Potential Impact for the Developing World.” 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.
With Crowdfund Capital Advisors, he authored the report, “How Does Crowdfunding Impact Job Creation, Revenue and Professional Investor Interest?” – the first report that empirically demonstrated crowdfunding’s effects on job creation and future investments.
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 is a highly trusted expert resource for governments, academics and crowdfunding platforms, and has played a critical role behind-the-scenes to help drive crowdfunding forward in Washington, DC since the passage of the JOBS Act.