Director’s Council

The Kenan Institute Director’s Council serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas among corporate executives, academic researchers and leading policymakers committed to leveraging private enterprise for the public good.

Through a variety of conferences, symposia, expert speakers and closed-door roundtable discussions, the institute connects Director’s Council members and institutions to generate a deep understanding of the most important opportunities and challenges facing the global economy. These events foster dialogue on actionable, research-based ideas to influence policy and improve the lives of people around the world.

In addition to these events, Director’s Council members are invited to join Kenan Institute staff and research fellows in the field to see how our work is improving communities in North Carolina and beyond.

Director’s Council participation supports the institute’s core initiatives in entrepreneurship, dynamic economies and global commerce by funding programs, research and graduate student fellows.

Individual: $5,000 or above
Corporate: $25,000 or above
Kenan Institute Roundtable


David Knowles
Director of Business Development and Finance

Event Schedule

The Business of Healthcare: Adapting to an Aging Economy
The aging of the boomer generation combined with increased longevity is ushering in a huge wave of older adults, a silver tsunami which will dramatically transform all of our nation’s social, economic, and political institutions.
2018 Investment Outlook
Featured speakers and roundtable discussions will explore investment challenges and opportunities in 2018. Participants will include leading authorities in investment management, public finance, private equity, venture capital, and hedge funds.
Kenan Institute Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Conference
This invitation-only conference will convene 100 thought-leaders from academics, industry and government to debate the most challenging current issues in the field of entrepreneurship and set the agenda for future research and policy.
UNC Alternative Investments Conference
Since 2008, the Alternative Investments Conference has served as a forum for private equity, hedge fund, venture capital, and other alternative asset professionals to network, share ideas, and stay abreast of industry trends.
Global Trade, Global Trade-offs: Winners and Losers in International Commerce
The increasingly open flow of goods and services has fundamentally altered the world economy and global power balances. It is also reshaping the American political system and our economic geography, providing clear and lasting benefits for some and negative impacts for others. This conference convenes thought leaders from the business community, government and academia to explore the core questions of the impact of international trade on society, the changing nature of work and economic productivity.
2018 UNC Sustainability Awards
The prestigious UNC Sustainability Awards recognize leadership and best practice in environmental and business sustainability for North Carolina enterprises. A rigorous selection process chooses winners from a large pool of nominees. The event provides an opportunity for innovators to share their stories and be recognized by the Kenan-Flagler Business School’s Center for Sustainable Enterprise and the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at this invitation-only dinner.