Executive in Residence
Dr. Chris Wedding is an expert in renewable energy project finance, green building strategy, early stage cleantech ventures, the electric vehicle market, opportunities in energy storage, entrepreneurship, and market research. He has 20 years of experience in private equity, project finance, startup finance, executive education, and academia. He is an Executive in Residence with the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University; the Founder and Managing Partner of IronOak Energy, a financial advisory firm focused on renewable energy; a Registered Representative with Series 22, 63, and 82 financial licenses via Burch & Company; a Professor of the Practice with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) Kenan-Flagler Business School; Faculty with the Institute for Defense and Business, an executive training center for U.S. military leaders; Faculty with Duke Corporate Education; Founder of The Invest for Impact Academy, an education platform for impact-driven business and finance; and one of the earliest LEED Accredited Professionals with the US Green Building Council. He was also a Director and now Senior Advisor at Cherokee Investment Partners, a private equity firm that has raised over $2 billion in private equity funds and, separately, founded or invested in 150 startups and venture funds. He brings a global perspective, with experience in 21 countries and language abilities in Spanish, Japanese, and Creole. As one of the top 10% most viewed LinkedIn profiles, he is a connector, catalyst, and frequent speaker at national and global energy and finance conferences. Dr. Wedding received a BS summa cum laude in Environmental Science from Western Kentucky University, where he was a national Goldwater Scholar in Math and Science. At UNC, he earned an MS and PhD focused on business and strategy in real estate and energy.