Kenan Institute scholars are seasoned innovators, recognized for their thought leadership and ability to apply leading-edge knowledge to the competitive challenges facing companies and communities.
Joseph M. DeSimone
Director, Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise
World-renowned chemistry scholar, innovator and entrepreneur, DeSimone leads the Kenan Institute.
Executive Director, Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise
Award-winning chemist and project leader Mary Napier guides implementation of the institute’s vision and strategic plan.
Director, Center for Logistics and Digital Strategy
Greis leads a global network of partners pioneering the use of technology to advance logistics and supply chain management.
Director, Urban Investment Strategies Center
Social entrepreneur and urban investment scholar, Johnson creates model programs to educate and empower traditionally disenfranchised groups.
Director, Center for Air Commerce
Kasarda defined the “aerotropolis” concept and is the leading expert on airport-driven economic development.
Director, Center for Competitive Economies
Lane helps communities, regions and states around the world make strategic decisions and investments to become economically competitive and prosperous.
Didow brings a passion for public service and knowledge and networks from UNC to help rural North Carolinians become globally competitive.
Senior Research Associate for Economic Development
Little brings a broad, international background to renewable energy development, environmental sustainability and policy analysis.
Director, Intelligent Systems Laboratory, Center for Logistics and Digital Strategy
Nogueira specializes in designing novel intelligent processes, tools and logistics practices.