Director, Economic Development and Engagement, RENCI, UNC Chapel Hill
David works to connect RENCI initiatives and projects to the needs and interests of stakeholders in industry, government, research, and the broader community. In this capacity, he leads program development and operations activities for the National Consortium for Data Science and was part of the team that developed the iRODS Consortium and its membership and governance structure. He also led RENCI’s engagement center program, as well as programs to support entrepreneurs and startups from UNC-Chapel Hill. Knowles came to RENCI 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 commodity trading company, and chief operating officer of International Trade Management, Inc., an Atlanta firm that developed transactional software for food producers.