Visa Innovation Program


Dr. Dimitrios Salampasis is an educator, writer, academic researcher and globally recognized emerging leader in financial technologies innovation. Dimitrios serves as the Director, Master of Financial Technologies and Assistant Professor of FinTech Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the AACSB Internationally-Accredited Swinburne Business School, Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. Dimitrios is a Visiting Professor of FinTech at the University of Québec, Rimouski, Canada, a Blockchain and FinTech Fellow at the Singapore University of Social Sciences and Visiting Faculty at the School of Management Fribourg, Switzerland. Dimitrios is an MAICD (Australian Institute of Company Directors) and a FINSIA (Financial Services Institute of Australasia) Senior Associate and Mentor. Dimitrios has more than 16 years of international professional working experience in the private, public and NGO sectors having served in different functions and career levels. Prior joining academia, Dimitrios worked in the management consulting industries being involved in global advisory and consulting activities on emerging market investing assisting companies in developing long-term strategic focus and sustainable market business strategies. Dimitrios is a true global citizen having lived, studied and worked in Greece, Norway, France, Luxembourg, Finland, USA and Australia. 

Dimitrios publishes in international peer-reviewed academic journals and books and his work is presented in major international conferences and invited keynote speeches and lectures around the world. Dimitrios’ research interests revolve around the organizational, human, technological and societal sides of innovation and open innovation in financial services and FinTech innovation. His areas of specialist expertise, research, teaching, industry engagement and advisory work revolve around the emergence and development of FinTech-enabled business models, Blockchain-based business models and sustainable development, quantum computing in financial services, digital transformation in banking and FinTech education, together with the relevant global FinTech-related regulatory and policy interventions. Dimitrios is a very passionate advocate of the need of bridging the communication gap between business/financial services managers and technologists/data scientists. He is actively contributing, both in Australia and globally, to the curation of the best-in-class FinTech talent that is able to grasp both business and technology through his interaction with policy-making, political, regulatory, industrial and academic stakeholders around the globe. Through his work, Dimitrios is developing novel, immersive and experiential learning models to encourage the shaping of the emerging young talent together with the perpetual and renewable upskilling of professionals and executives by inspiring, nurturing and curating the next generation of best-in-class FinTech talent and supporting the mentorship and growth of an effective and successful Australian and global FinTech innovation ecosystem.