Chris Wedding

Chris Wedding

Executive in Residence, and Managing Partner at IronOak Energy

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.


Wedding, G. C., C. Hee, and I. Urlaub. “Motivations and Behaviors of Solar PV and Geothermal System Owners in North Carolina,” December 17, 2013.
Wedding, G. C. “Managing Information Overload to Reduce Stress and Make Better Decisions in Green Building.” Us Green Building Council. US Green Building Council, November 18, 2013.
Wedding, G. C. “How a Raleigh-based Accelerator is Nurturing Disruptive New Ideas.” Nc Sustainability Center. NC Sustainability Center, November 6, 2013.
Wedding, G. C. “The Case for Investment in Green Startups — Big Problems Mean Big Opportunity.” Startupbeat.Com., October 8, 2013.


ENRGYENV 895: Fuqua Client Consulting Practicum (ENRGYENV 895: Fuqua Client Consulting Practicum)
ENVIRON 790: Special Topics (ENVIRON 790: Special Topics)
ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects (ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects)
ENVIRON 983: DEL: Green Development (ENVIRON 983: DEL: Green Development)
ENVIRON 899: Master's Project (ENVIRON 899: Master's Project)

area(s) of expertise

Climate Change Energy Land Use

Contact Information

Box 90328
Durham, NC 27708-0328
1818 Mlk Jr. Blvd, Ste. 261
Chapel Hill, NC 27514


Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2008)
M.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2005)