Neville Vakharia is assistant professor and research director in Drexel's graduate arts administration program, teaching courses in management, strategic planning and entrepreneurship. His research focuses on technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the arts, cultural, and creative sector. He joined Drexel after overseeing the operations, expansion and strategic direction of the Cultural Data Project (CDP) at The Pew Charitable Trusts. Prior to Pew, Vakharia 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 region’s arts and cultural organizations through education, strategic planning and consulting. He previously served as director of marketing for the Prince Music Theater, and for 12 years was the co-producer of the ArtsFest Film Festival, central Pennsylvania's largest film festival. Vakharia 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.
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