Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Leaders

Kenan Institute Leadership.

The programs and activities of the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise are made possible through the support and leadership of its dedicated professionals. Our leaders publish in top academic journals, patent their discoveries and launch spinoff companies. Our management team provides the highest quality research and delivers the real-world knowledge to put ideas into practice.


Judith Cone

Judith Cone, Interim Director, also serves as Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Cone has served as Vice President of Emerging Strategies and Entrepreneurship at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. During her tenure, Cone led many of Kauffman's signature education and entrepreneurship initiatives. As Global Ambassador for the Kauffman Foundation, Cone worked with leaders around the world to help build economies through entrepreneurship. Cone also co-founded and led two management consulting firms serving Fortune 500 clients. Her first career was as a learning disabilities teacher working with disadvantaged children in a low-income area, where she experienced first-hand the pervasive and devastating effects of poverty on children and families.

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Mary Napier

Mary Napier, Ph.D., Executive Director, manages Institute operations, working with Director DeSimone to implement the strategic plan and vision. She also leads efforts to identify and secure sources of funding for entrepreneurial ventures. Her 14 years of industrial research experience, including working with entrepreneurial technology undertakings, will be brought to bear in developing the Concierge Service for Entrepreneurs, the Institute's initiative for helping innovators get companies launched, financed, and running. Napier is an award-winning chemist who previously managed the operations of the DeSimone Research Group. She is the recipient of the 2012 Knox Massey Distinguished Service Award.

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Brent Lane

Brent Lane, Economic Strategist, strives to make communities economically competitive and prosperous through strategic decisions and investments. He brings three decades of experience—in state and regional government and the nonprofit sector—to his work on the Eastern North Carolina Economic Development initiative. Lane has created innovative enterprises ranging from the first technology incubator in Research Triangle Park to the largest community development venture capital fund in the U.S. He currently serves on the N.C. Department of Revenue Oversight Committee.

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Mark Little

Mark Little, Ph.D., is Director of the North Carolina Strategic Economic Growth Initiative and Senior Research Associate for Energy and the Environment. In these roles, he supports high-growth entrepreneurs, helps communities grow and retain business, facilitates strategic regional economic development, and researches solutions to pressing energy, environment, and climate related problems. Little brings to this position a broad, international background in renewable energy development, environmental sustainability, and policy analysis. Prior to coming to UNC, he served as a AAAS Congressional Science Fellow to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs.

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Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson, Ph.D., Director of Education, Aging, and Economic Development Initiatives is a demographer known for linking population trends to the economy. He examines the growing inequality in American society, particularly as it affects disadvantaged youth; entrepreneurial approaches to poverty alleviation, job creation, and community development; interethnic minority conflict in advanced industrial societies; and business demography and workforce diversity issues. When Frank Kenan tasked him to find role models for kids in Durham "other than basketball players and drug dealers," he founded the Global Scholars Academy. His most recent efforts include launching SAFE, a program to prevent falls by the elderly in North Carolina, with the added benefit of job creation and economic return on investment. He's the William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at Kenan-Flagler Business School.

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Noel Greis

Noel Greis, Ph.D., is an expert in global logistics and supply chain management and has won numerous awards for her research on logistics, global operations strategy, technology management, and technology commercialization. Her recent work targets logistics and sourcing in emerging markets around the world, including offshoring and outsourcing issues. Greis currently is partnering with Tsinghua University in Beijing to address issues of U.S.-China trade and is co-director of the UNC-Tsinghua Center for Logistics and Economic Development.

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Noel Greis

Jason Doherty, Ph.D., Director of the Concierge Service for Entrepreneurs, oversees the Concierge Service for Entrepreneurs business development program at the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. In this role, he works closely with university researchers to provide assistance in evaluating the commercial potential of high-impact technologies and guidance on new venture creation. Jason has over a decade of life sciences research experience in academic and federal labs and nearly five years of experience in technology commercialization and entrepreneurship. As a business incubation professional, Jason has provided technical assistance to over 100 researchers and entrepreneurs and a variety of support services for over 50 early-stage ventures. Jason received his Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Pathology from UNC-Chapel Hill and a BS in Biological Sciences from North Carolina State University.

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