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Consultant Researcher in the areas of Adaptive Leadership, Strategic Governance and Technology.

Dr Richard Matthews [BE(Hons) PhD MAICD MIEAust] is a Lecturer at the University of Adelaide. His teaching interests range from helping research students get a head start on their careers to fundamental engineering principles for professional practice.

Dr Matthews is an internationally recognised expert in cyber security and digital image forensics. He takes his background in management and corporate governance to form unique perspectives. In his TEDx talk, he discusses the challenges of cybersecurity through the lens of adaptive leadership, posing the transformative idea “why isn’t HR solving the people problem in cyber?”

He completed his PhD (2019) at the University of Adelaide, Australia with a thesis titled “Towards a Unified Theory of Sensor Pattern Noise: an analysis of dark current, lens effects and temperature bias in CMOS Image Sensors. His specialisations include the forensic identification of digital image sensors using sensor pattern noise, penetration testing, social engineering and advanced manufacturing technologies.

He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Institute of Engineers Australia, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society.

Before the Academy, Dr Matthews briefly served in the Royal Australian Air Force as an officer obtaining the rank of Flight Lieutenant before working in both the power and manufacturing industries as an engineer.

He has received several scholarships, awards and honours including the Australian Defence Medal (2014), Adelaide Postgraduate Award (2015), the Simon Rockliff Scholarship for outstanding postgraduate mentorship from DST Group (2018), semi-finalist in the Channel 7 Young Australian of the Year Awards (2019), the Adelaide MBA Community Achievement Scholarship (2019) and the ECMS Faculty Prize for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (2019).

TEDx Speaker 2019