Board of Advisors

The Kenan Institute Board of Advisors offers their expertise and guidance to the institute’s faculty and staff.  The board meets biannually to review the institute’s operations and programming. Members represents a wide range of constituencies from business, entrepreneurship, government, university, investor, research communities, as well as the public.


Board Chair

Karen A. Popp

Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

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DeLisa Alexander

Executive Vice President & Chief People Officer, Red Hat

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Ruben Carbonell

Frank Hawkins Kenan Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, NC State University

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Allen Chan

Executive Director, Robertson Scholars Leadership Program

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Donald Cogsville

CEO, The Cogsville Group, LLC

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Jeffrey Davis

Founder & CEO, Chadsworth Columns

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Donald Dwight

Executive Tax Director, EY

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Barbara Entwisle

Frank Hawkins Kenan Distinguished Professor of Sociology, UNC Chapel Hill & Training Program Director, Carolina Population Center

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E. Wayne Holden

President & CEO, RTI International

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Kel Landis

Principal & Co-Founder, Plexus Capital

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Charles Merritt

Special Advisor & Venture Capital Multiplier Fund Manager, Hatteras Venture Partners

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Steve Nelson

Co-founder, Carbon

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Marc R. Paul

Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP

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Dwayne Keith Pigues

Founder & CEO, Luminas Strategy

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Joan Siefert Rose

Senior Partner, CREO, Inc. & CEO, LaunchBio Inc.

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Thom Ruhe

President & CEO, NC IDEA

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Barry Schochet

Managing Partner & Senior Counsel, Volt Energy

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Douglas A. Shackelford

Dean & Meade H. Willis Distinguished Professor of Taxation, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
dean@kenan-flagler.unc.edu

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Amit Singh

Co-Founder, Spectraforce Technologies Inc.

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Eric Toone

Executive Managing Director & Science Lead, Breakthrough Energy Ventures

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