Neville Vakharia is Assistant Professor and Research Director in Drexel University's renowned graduate arts administration program, teaching courses in management, strategic planning, entrepreneurship, and other subjects while undertaking research and projects that seek to strengthen the arts, cultural, and creative sector. Neville joins Drexel after overseeing the operations, expansion, and strategic direction of the Cultural Data Project (CDP) at The Pew Charitable Trusts. The CDP is a growing national initiative created to improve the management and financial capacity of arts organizations, inform grant-making strategies, and serve as a powerful tool for cultural policy research and analysis.
Prior to Pew, Neville was Director of Technology Services and Programs for the Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia, where he created and launched the Technology Connectors, a program designed to support the technological capabilities of the regionâ€™s arts and cultural organizations through education, strategic planning, and consulting. He served as Director of Marketing for the Prince Music Theater, overseeing all audience development strategies and for 12 years was the co-producer of the ArtsFest Film Festival, central Pennsylvania's largest film festival. A seasoned presenter, Neville is a frequent speaker, moderator, and panelist at a wide range of conferences nationally.
Neville also has more than 10 years of experience in the corporate sector, working in new product development, marketing and global product management for W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc., manufacturer of GORE-TEX products. Neville holds two international patents and has developed several new products and technologies. He served as an adjunct faculty member in Drexel Universityâ€™s graduate arts administration program. He earned both his bachelor of science degree in materials engineering and his master of science in arts administration from Drexel University.