Dr Christopher Baker

It is with great sadness that CSI notes the passing of our friend, alumnus and former colleague, Dr Christopher Baker, after a short illness in 2020.

He was a true gentleman, a loyal friend and deeply committed to creating a more just and sustainable world through effective philanthropy. Our thoughts are with Christopher’s family, friends and all who cared about him.

His family requests donations to the Magic Pudding Fund in lieu of flowers.

The Swinburne Philanthropy and Social Impact Alumni (SPSIA) group have established the Christopher Baker Memorial Scholarship for CSI Swinburne students, in his honour.


Christopher Baker joined the research team at the Asia-Pacific Centre for Social Investment and Philanthropy (ACSIP) in January 2010 following the submission of his PhD thesis “Wealth transfer and post-mortem charitable giving in Australia”.

Christopher’s prior career as an executive manager included over 25 years experience in leading people and managing change across not-for-profit, public and private sectors, from manufacturing to employment services. Christopher’s experience includes working for the ANZ Bank in human resources roles at Group Headquarters in Melbourne from 1996 to 2003.

His senior executive roles there included Head of People Capital for Personal Banking and Wealth Management; and Head of Workplace and People Strategies. While at ANZ Christopher joined the Board of The Salvation Army Employment Plus, ultimately becoming its Chairman. He stepped down from that role in 2009 after nine years of service.

On leaving ANZ and corporate life in 2003, Christopher continued to provide change management and human resource consulting services while pursuing his interest in civil society.

He completed a postgraduate program at the ACSIP at Swinburne in 2005 and subsequently went on to his PhD research, also at Swinburne.

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