AdvisEr, Entrepreneur, Professor
Founder + CEO
With teams in the US, UK, Japan, and Singapore, and 300 years of combined experience, IronOak Energy focuses on clean energy finance and emerging technologies. IronOak creates value for clients across three divisions:
Cherokee is an environmentally focused investment company that has raised over $2 billion in private equity funds and, separately, founded a number of environmental businesses and invested in over 80 startups and venture funds in the past 29 years. I provide expertise regarding innovation and sustainability to support strategic relationships and new ventures and also co-managed the Cherokee-McDonough Challenge, a competition and accelerator program for high impact environmental startups.
Duke CE, ranked #1 globally by the Financial Times and BusinessWeek in custom executive education, is a global learning and development company that uses innovative and flexible learning methods, processes and educators to help organizations achieve their goals. I focus on corporate sustainability strategy as a way to excel in leadership, new revenue, innovation and risk mitigation.
We provide clean energy market research, supporting investment decisions with trend analysis, data curation, team collaboration software, and custom analysis. IronOak Energy Insights helps teams discover new investment opportunities, find emerging technologies, generate thought leadership, and educate your teams. We use 30 different types of analytical software and tools to perform analysis such as investment and financial modeling, energy markets simulation, risk assessment and uncertainty analysis, systems modeling and optimization, public policy analysis and framework development, environmental systems analysis, GHG accounting, mapping and geospatial analysis, and software development and database modeling.
professor of the practice
UNC Chapel Hill's Business School is ranked as the 7th best business school in the world on sustainability (Bloomberg Businessweek); the 7th best business school in the world on leadership development (Bloomberg Businessweek); and the 11th best business school in the US (Forbes). I teach via the Center for Sustainable Enterprise and focus on strategy and entrepreneurship related to real estate and clean energy.
Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment, with over 100 faculty, at the nation's 7th best university (US News), is one of the world’s "premier schools for the study of environmental science and policy." I teach about business and strategy related to green real estate development and clean energy via the Duke Environmental Leadership (DEL) executive masters program.
The IDB provides executive education to seasoned executives and high-potential performers in the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and the private sector. The Institute focuses on logistics, technology, life cycle systems, leadership, organizational transformation, strategic studies, stabilization and economic reconstruction. I teach about the importance of energy innovation and entrepreneurship to the US military.
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