Neville Vakharia

Drexel University

Program Director, Arts Administration
Drexel University

3501 Market Street
Suite 210
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
United States

Neville K. Vakharia is Assistant Professor and Research Director in Drexel's renowned graduate arts administration program, and is the program's director. He teaches courses in management, strategic planning, entrepreneurship, and related subjects while undertaking research and development projects that seek to strengthen the arts, cultural, and creative sector.  His research centers on the role that technology, innovation, and knowledge play in building sustainable, resilient, and relevant organizations and communities. A seasoned presenter and educator, Neville is a frequent speaker, moderator, and panelist at a wide range of conferences nationally and internationally.

Prior to Drexel, Neville was the director of the Cultural Data Project (now DataArts) at The Pew Charitable Trusts, overseeing its strategic direction, operations, and national expansion. The CDP is a growing national initiative created to improve the management and financial capacity of arts and cultural organizations, inform grant-making strategies, and serve as a powerful tool for 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 developed and launched the Technology Connectors, a program designed to support the technological capabilities of the region’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 and branding strategies, and for 12 years he was the founder and co-producer of the ArtsFest Film Festival, central Pennsylvania's largest film festival.

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 earned both his bachelor of science degree in materials engineering and his master of science in arts administration from Drexel University. He serves on the board of directors of CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and the editorial board of Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts. Neville also serves as an advisor to many creative, start-up, and social enterprises and community-based organizations.