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 Pharaoh

With extensive experience across several boards, Neil is an accomplished director and leader with international outlook and reach. 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.

Professionally, Neil straddled between his role as co-founder and Director of Tanck, a medium sized business-for-purpose advisory firm which specialises in government engagement and stakeholder management and Director of Corporate Affairs for Hireup, one of Australia’s leading registered disability service providers. Neil’s professional roles encompass working with companies to understand, develop and implement corporate affairs and government engagements.

Previously Neil worked as Director of geo-political risk firm, Veracity Worldwide in Sydney & New York, Director of Capital and Growth for the Akilah Institute for Women in New York & Rwanda, Director of Partnerships for the Foundation for Young Australians in Melbourne, and Senior Marketing and Communications roles in Melbourne & Canberra. In addition, Neil was the Labor candidate for Prahran in 2014 & 2018 and served as National C0-Convenor for Australian Rainbow Labor.

Governance wise, Neil sits on a number of boards as a non executive Director including Sustainability Victoria, Victorian Registration & Qualifications Authority, Thorne-Harbour Health, Tactiv Systems, and advisory board of Hybrid Energy Australia.  He has previously sat on the boards of a number of education, arts, cultural, hospital and environmental organisations including in Chair roles.

Neil has an established, global relationship networks 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 (Marketing & Accounting), Australian National University, Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors