Who We Are

Robert Wilder, J.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Rob Wilder is CEO & co-founder of WilderHill Clean Energy Index® (ECO), the first and leading Index for renewable energy and calculating live since 2004. He founded WilderShares which owns the Index and Chairs the Advisory Committee. Rob also co-founded WilderHill New Energy Global Innovation Index (NEX) worldwide outside the U.S., is Partner in WilderHill New Energy Finance LLC; founder of WilderHill Progressive Energy Index (WHPRO); and founded Wilder NASDAQ Global Energy Efficient Transport Index (HAUL).

He is a Fulbright Senior Specialist and often speaks globally, such as at Oxford University and University College London in the U.K., in venues in Europe, Asia, and on ships. He’s been a volunteer Professor for refugees at the International Syrian University in Exile.

Dr. Wilder is published widely for instance in: Nature, Scientific American, Stanford Law & Policy Review, Yale E360, National Academy of Sciences Press, Engineering News-Record, Institutional Investor, American Society of Civil Engineers Press, UCLA Journal of Environmental Law & Policy, Journal of Alternative Investments, Virginia Journal of International Law, University of Chicago Press and elsewhere. His book Listening to the Sea focuses on new energy paths to prevent pollution in the first place and protect climate stability, marine biodiversity and the Earth.

Community service is a personal interest: he’s Member Emeritus of the Director’s Council at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, a Member of IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law, was on the Board and unanimously appointed Interim Executive Director of Center for Sustainable Energy, was a Trustee for Society for Conservation Biology, elected to the Sierra Club National Board of Directors, and served years in each of these roles. He’s served as Public Advocate for Climate for the Mayor and City of San Diego, and was at The Nature Conservancy.

Recently he was recognized by The Economist & co-sponsors National Geographic, Environmental Defense Fund, and Blancpain for the 2017 World Ocean Summit for their Innovation Award. And since co-founding ECO, its tracker was named a #1 Small Cap Fund, called "the Dow Jones average of global warming" by USA Today, "Best ETF" and “Most Innovative New ETF Product”.

Dr. Wilder has been on the Faculty at University of California, at University of Massachusetts and elsewhere; he holds a Ph.D. from U.C. Santa Barbara, and J.D. from University of San Diego. His early academic awards include having received the National Academy of Sciences Young Investigator Award (twice); a Fulbright Fellowship, an American Assn. for Advancement of Science AAAS/EPA Fellowship in Environmental Science & Technology at EPA headquarters; Scripps Ph.D. Dissertation Award, and California Sea Grant Fellowship in the State Legislature.

Rob’s originally from Baltimore, Maryland. He and his family reside in lovely Encinitas north of San Diego on a 1-acre site that's solar-powered with organic gardens, innovative solar cars & innovative energy storage.

WilderShares, 2240 Encinitas Blvd., Ste D-30, Encinitas, CA 92024. 760-634-1358 info@WilderShares.com.

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