David Knowles

Director of Business Development and Finance

David works to develop partnerships with companies and foundations aligned with the institute’s mission and those of its affiliated research centers.

He has an extensive background in business development and operations, most recently as director of economic development and engagement for UNC’s Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI), where he led the formation of two public-private partnerships: the National Consortium for Data Science and the iRODS Consortium.

David has a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Virginia, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia.