Brendan Ferguson

‘I was attracted to SVA because it occupies a unique space at the intersection of the private, public and non-profit sectors. I work with First Australian communities, empowering them to take up their rightful place within each of those sectors.’

Brendan is a Director in the Consulting team at Social Ventures Australia (SVA). He is based in Darwin and is the primary contact for our work across the NT and SA.

Brendan has led SVA clients through strategic planning, outcomes management, organisational review and evaluation processes, supporting Government and social purpose organisations to improve their impact and sustainability.

During his eight years at SVA, Brendan has developed specific knowledge in relation to the drivers of better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Brendan is particularly interested in understanding how to work in place, coordinating the system of First Australian community-controlled organisations, peak bodies, corporations and government departments and agencies to develop tailored solutions that will achieve better outcomes for community members. Brendan has worked closely with Aboriginal owned organisations including Ngarrariyal Aboriginal Corporation, Karnyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ), the Kimberley, Central and Anindilyakwa Land Councils, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS) and the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA).  He has also worked extensively with government departments and agencies, including Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) and the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA), for whom he has led eight separate engagements.

Brendan has shared some of this experience through SVA Quarterly articles relating to his engagement with Martu people, a comparative analysis of Indigenous Protected Areas and his work with IBA.

Brendan began his career as a commercial lawyer at Allens and worked in Jerusalem for the Office of the Quartet Representative, Tony Blair, in pursuit of Palestinian economic development. Brendan holds Bachelors of Laws (Hons) and Creative Arts from the University of Melbourne and a Master’s degree in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics (LSE).