Who We Are

Robert Wilder, J.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Rob Wilder is CEO and co-founder of WilderHill Clean Energy Index® (ECO), the leading Index on Wall Street for clean energy and calculating live since 2004. He is founder of WilderShares that owns the Index, and Chairs the Index Committee. Rob holds a Ph.D. from University of California at Santa Barbara, and a J.D. from University of San Diego.

Rob is also Co-Founder of WilderHill New Energy Global Innovation Index (NEX) for renewables worldwide mainly outside of the U.S., and a Partner in WilderHill New Energy Finance LLC. He is founder of WilderHill Progressive Energy Index (WHPRO); and founded Wilder NASDAQ Global Energy Efficient Transport Index (HAUL).

Dr. Wilder travels widely including as a Fulbright Senior Specialist (2013-2018) and a Fulbright Fellow. He enjoys often speaking in diverse settings such as Oxford University, Universities in Europe, venues in Asia, on Semester at Sea, or the International Syrian University in Exile as volunteer professor for refugee students.

Community service is a longtime interest. He's been Member of the Board and Interim Executive Director of Center for Sustainable Energy, Trustee for Society for Conservation Biology, Member Emeritus on Director’s Council at the Scripps Inst. of Oceanography, Member of IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law, elected to Sierra Club National Board of Directors, and served years in each of these roles. Dr. Wilder is author of the Book, Listening to the Sea integrating ocean protection with smart cost-effective technologies that prevent pollution and conserve biodiversity in the first place. He is published widely such as in Nature, the National Academy of Sciences Press, Scientific American, 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, etc.

His early awards included an American Assn. for the Advancement of Science AAAS/EPA Fellowship in Environmental Science & Technology in EPA Headquarters in Washington D.C.; Scripps Ph.D. Dissertation Fellowship from UCSD; California Sea Grant Fellowship in the State Legislature; and was a recipient of the National Academy of Sciences Young Investigator Award (twice). He has been on faculty at the University of California, and at University of Massachusetts, was previously the Public Advocate for Climate and Sustainability for San Diego, and was at The Nature Conservancy.

He emphasizes preventing pollution in the first place & upstream integrated thinking - prevention rather than cure.

Interests include education in the public interest, eco-entrepreneurship for solar electric vehicles and innovation in transport & energy. His ECO Index and an independent tracker have received accolades. That tracker was named by Lipper® as a #1 Ranked Small Cap Core Fund for performance; ECO Index was called "the Dow Jones industrial average of global warming" by USA Today, and the tracker was called a "Best ETF". His work has been recognized with an "Outstanding Individual Achievement" Award, and after the launch of the independent tracker it was named a "Most Innovative New ETF Product in 2005".

Rob is originally from Baltimore, Maryland. He and his family reside in lovely Encinitas north of San Diego, California on a 1-acre site that's solar-powered with organic gardens, practical innovative eco-solutions including solar cars, renewables plus innovative energy storage and 2nd life advanced batteries.

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

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