NIDA acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands on which we learn and tell stories, the Bidjigal, Gadigal, Dharawal and Dharug peoples, and we pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past and present.

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Neil Pharoah

A tri-sector champion, director and emerging leader with international outlook and reach, Neil possesses a distinctive ability to conceptualise and operationalise holistic fundraising and development strategies across complex organisational and stakeholder environments. Employing a sharp, analytical mind to objectively evaluate difficult cross-sector challenges and opportunities, Neil leverages a strong foundation in policy, marketing and communications, government relations, politics, not-for-profit leadership, advocacy, and stakeholder management to define strategic vision, and build and sustain scalable frameworks, models and partnerships.

Now a consultant working with companies to understand, develop and implement corporate affairs and government engagements, Neil has previously worked as Director of Veracity Worldwide in Sydney, Director of Capital and Growth for the Akilah Institute for Women in New York, Director of Partnerships for the Foundation for Young Australians in Melbourne, and Senior Marketing and

Communications Manager for the Children’s Protection Society in Melbourne. In addition, Neil was the Labor candidate for Prahran in 2014 and served as National Convenor for the Australian Rainbow Labor faction.

Neil’s knowledge and experience encompasses the development of initial government relations and community engagement strategy, building advocacy capability, design and execution of market entry, strategy review and growing revenue, building a sustainable and profitable operating model and business development plans, management systems, procedure and processes, fundraising, sales, marketing and communications strategy and stakeholder and partnership engagement. Neil has an established, global relationship network with practical knowledge of the operating dynamics across international philanthropy, government, commercial sector and not-for-profit sectors, and a deep understanding of government systems, process and policy development.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Law, Australian National University; Bachelor of Commerce, Australian National University