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Ben Wirz

Director of Business Consulting, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Biography

Ben Wirz is Director of Business Consulting for Knight Foundation, which looks to promote informed and engaged communities across the US. Ben manages the Knight Enterprise Fund, an early stage venture fund focused on for-profit companies that have the potential to both advance Knight Foundation's mission and provide a market rate financial return. Ben also helps advise the non-profit organizations in Knight’s portfolio around issues of sustainability and growth. Prior to Knight, Ben was a partner with US Global, where he invested in and developed energy, manufacturing and technology companies. Ben earned a BA and MA from Stanford University and an MBA from INSEAD.