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Biography

Mr Graham Goldsmith, Chancellor since August 2014

Mr Graham Goldsmith was appointed as the Chancellor of Swinburne University of Technology in August 2014, having served on the Council of Swinburne since 2010.

Mr Goldsmith is a highly-respected figure in the Australian financial services industry and an experienced company director and community leader with a deep commitment to education.
He was educated at Swinburne Institute of Technology, as it then was, and graduated with a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) in 1983. He has also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University in Boston.

Mr Goldsmith’s career began with National Australia Bank in Melbourne before joining JBWere & Son in 1987, working in Melbourne and London. ¬†Following the merger of JBWere with the Australian operations of Goldman Sachs & Co in 2003, Mr Goldsmith held a number of senior roles, including as Chair of the Goldman Sachs Australia Foundation. Mr Goldsmith retired in 2012 as Vice-Chairman and a Managing Director of Goldman Sachs Australia after a 25 year career with the firm.

In addition to being Chancellor at Swinburne, Mr Goldsmith is currently a non-executive director of ASX listed companies Djerriwarrh Investments Limited and SEEK Limited, and NYSE listed Zhaopin Limited. He is also president of the Bialik College School Council, a K-12 independent school in Melbourne.

Mr Goldsmith is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD), Financial Services Institute of Australia (FFin), and Australian Society of Chartered Practicing Accountants (FCPA).

His vision is to see Swinburne recognised as the leading university for science, technology and innovation in Australia.

“I think it’s very important for us to have an ambitious vision that we embrace as a university community,” said Mr Goldsmith.

“We are already making great strides in a number of areas. The progress we are making is demonstrated by our global research rankings, by the quality of the graduates that come from Swinburne and the impact they make on society.

“To see Swinburne ranked in the world top 400 by the Academic Ranking of World Universities for the third year running, and to see us moving into the top 75 in physics is a terrific achievement. Swinburne is now placed as one of the top three per cent of universities worldwide. These are achievements of which the whole university community should be proud.

“Part of our success lies in our preparedness to challenge old thinking and to try new things. Our bold move into online education, both through Open Universities Australia and more recently, Swinburne Online, are examples of that.

“Our challenge as a university will be to continue on that trajectory of success.”