Dr. Robert Wilder

Dr. Robert Wilder

CEO, WilderShares


Dr. Rob Wilder is Co-Founder of the WilderHill Clean Energy Index® (ECO), the first & leading Index on Wall Street for the clean energy sector. He is Founder and CEO of Wildershares LLC that owns the Index, and is Chair of the Index Committee. Rob holds a Ph.D. from University of California at Santa Barbara and a Law Degree from University of San Diego School of Law. In addition Dr. Wilder is a Visiting Lecturer or Professor at Universities around the world.

Rob is author of the 1998 Book, Listening to the Sea that links marine biodiversity to smart cost-effective energy technologies that prevent pollution in the first place. His many articles and chapters have appeared in National Academy of Sciences Press, Nature, Engineering News-Record, Institutional Investor, American Society of Civil Engineers Press, UCLA Journal of Environmental Law & Policy, University of Chicago Press and elsewhere.

He is currently on the Fulbright Senior Specialist roster, and was previously a Fulbright Fellow. His other awards include an American Assn. for Advancement of Science AAAS/EPA Fellowship in Environmental Science & Technology in EPA Headquarters in Washington D.C.; a California Sea Grant Fellowship, an SIO UCSD Dissertation Fellowship, and receiving the National Academy of Sciences Young Investigator Award (twice).

Dr. Wilder is on the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law, and enjoys giving Lectures around the world such as with Semester at Sea by the University of Virginia /ISE. He serves as a Trustee for Society for Conservation Biology, is on the Director’s Cabinet at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) U.C. San Diego, and sits on other Boards. He previously was on faculty at University of California Santa Barbara, University of Massachusetts, and coordinated a national program for The Nature Conservancy.

While a Fellow at the EPA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., he focused on innovative technologies that prevent harm to ecosystems while being profitable to boot. His work has highlighted smart policy solutions that avoid harm- in place of older ‘end-of-pipe’ controls and waste remediation.

Rob enjoys doing public education about solutions that make both economic and ecological sense. And ECO Index and an independent tracker have received accolades. In 2008 the tracker was named by Lipper® as #1 Ranked 2007 Small Cap Core Fund for performance; in 2007 the ECO Index was called “the Dow Jones industrial average of global warming” by USA Today; the tracker was called “Best ETF for 2007”; Dr. Wilder’s work was recognized in 2006 with an “Outstanding Individual Achievement” Award from California Center for Sustainable Energy, and shortly after launching the tracker was named “Most Innovative New ETF Product in 2005”.

Rob is originally from Baltimore, Maryland. He and his family now reside in lovely Encinitas north of San Diego, California on a 1-acre site that is solar-powered with a display of practical and innovative ecological solutions.