David Knowles

Director of Business Development and Finance, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise

David A. Knowles is Director of Business Development and Finance at the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise.  In this role he works to develop partnerships with companies and foundations aligned with the Institute’s mission and those of its affiliated research centers.

From 2006 to 2016 he served as Director of Economic Development and Engagement for UNC’s Renaissance Computing Institute, connecting the Institute’s initiatives and projects to the needs and interests of stakeholders in industry, government, and the broader community.  In this capacity, he led the formation of two public-private partnerships: the National Consortium for Data Science and the iRODS Consortium.  He came to UNC in 2006 from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he was the business development manager for the Southeastern Trade Adjustment Assistance Center, a division of the university’s Economic Development Institute. Previously, Knowles was vice president of operations for Interra International, Inc., an international food trading company, and chief operating officer of International Trade Management, Inc., an Atlanta firm that developed transactional software for food producers.