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Durham Energy Institute

Dr Wilf Wilde

Dr Wilf Wilde is an economist who first studied Economics and Sociology at Hatfield College, Durham University. Wilf was formerly a Director at the energy regulator, Ofgem. His role was critical in an important transitional stage for Ofgem as it took on new responsibilities for security of supply and climate change. He also was central to bringing together and strategically marketing Ofgem’s ‘Project Discovery’ on future energy risks to government and wider civil society.

Prior to working in Ofgem, he worked in the oil industry at Mobil (now ExxonMobil) for 3 years. He also worked on UK oil and gas equities at Wood MacKenzie and utilities privatisations (in gas, water and electricity) at Merrill Lynch and on emerging markets at ING-Barings. Since leaving the City he co-founded a Christian led inter-faith agency working on employment with Black majority churches, migrants to London and in Afghanistan.

He has written interdisciplinary books on oil, geo-politics and political theology. His first book ‘Crossing the River of Fire; Mark’s Gospel and Global Capitalism’ was a critique of the over optimistic assumptions of the Make Poverty History Campaign. His second book is entitled 'Nowhere to Lay Our Head; The Empire of Oil, Client Rulers and the Anarchy of Jesus.' He is presently half way through two additonal books: ‘Coalitions for Capital’ (forthcoming 2014) on English political history and a second provisionally called ‘After Liberation Square’ about the geo-politics of energy.

Besides consultancy work in Russia, Wilf has lectured extensively in the USA and UK on Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya.

Most recently Wilf was appointed as Policy and Enterprise Fellow at Durham University’s Institute of Advanced Study. His work as IAS Fellow, in collaboration with the DEI, focused on recommending policy directions for UK energy security. Considering trends in oil and gas prices in the medium and long term, especially the links to what he calls the ‘elusive revolutions’ of the ‘Arab Spring’.

Dr Wilf Wilde