Neil Pharoah

Corporate Sponsorship, Government Advocacy & Campaigning

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Neil has worked extensively with corporations, foundations, philanthropists and nonprofit organizations at the intersection of public policy, advocacy and business to strengthen government relations, build business partnerships and extend the impact of corporate social responsibility.  Clients include Samsung Group, Royal Dutch Shell and Westpac Bank.
Now based between the U.S. and Australia, Neil has created innovative corporate social responsibility, corporate philanthropy and government advocacy campaigns across multiple countries.  In New York, Neil has managed programs for development, communications and government relations in education and international aid and development.  His passion for politics and advocacy motivated him to run for State Congress in Australia in 2014 on a platform of equality, social justice and education.  He came within 31 votes of winning.
Neil served as Director of Partnerships at the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA), where his business development and lobbying skills grew philanthropic, government and private investment more than ten-fold in under three years.  He has also worked in development and marketing for child welfare, information technology and health sciences organizations.
Neil was the inaugural National Chair of Rainbow Labor, one of the largest lobbies fighting for equality within the Australian Labor Party.  Starting with a small team and an even smaller budget, Neil led one of the largest national campaigns for social justice and equality reform in Australia’s history, resulting in millions of dollars of government investment and over 200 legislative and regulatory changes across the country.
Neil has served on the boards of The Australian Funding Network and the Nexus Australian Summit.  He served as co-founder of the first Nexus Global Youth Summit in Australia.  Neil holds degrees in Law & Commerce (Marketing & Accounting) from the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia.  In his spare time, he loves to travel, exercise and kayak.