Eduard Ruijs, Managing Director, is a Senior Investment Professional dedicated to the Global Energy & Power Infrastructure team at BlackRock, which currently manages over $8 billion of equity for investment in the power, midstream, utility and other areas in the energy sector across three funds. The team has created and invested in 35 portfolio companies globally. BlackRock acquired the Funds in 2017, which were created and built at First Reserve, a private equity firm that has been investing exclusively in the energy sector since 1983. Mr. Eduard Ruijs is leading the London investment team responsible for investment origination, execution and exit strategy, focusing on the global energy infrastructure sector, and is particularly focused on covering EMEA and Asiapac. He led the ADNOC and Kellas Midstream investments.
At First Reserve, Eduard Ruijs was a Managing Director on the Energy Infrastructure team. Eduard led the Firm's investment in the Covanta Dublin Waste to Energy plant, and the joint venture with Petrofac, which led to the investments in PetroFirst I & II, which constitutes a fleet of FPSO's. Eduard is also responsible for the Renovalia Reserve and Demex wind farm portfolio's in Spain, Mexico and Hungary.
Prior to joining First Reserve in 2011, Eduard was a Investment Director & Partner with NIBC Infrastructure Partners, a Europe focused infrastructure fund manager, where he executed several investments in the renewable energy and midstream sectors, and served on the Boards of those companies. Prior to NIBC, he was a senior Principal with Boston Consulting Group's Energy Practice in London, and a Manager with A.T. Kearney Ltd, where he also advised mostly energy clients.
Eduard Ruijs earned a M. Juris in Law and Economics of Oxford University where he was a Chevening Scholar, an MSc (Drs) in Economics and MA (Mr.) in Law from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, a Bachelor in Business Administration of Nijenrode University in the Netherlands, and obtained an Executive MBA from Michigan Business School as well as graduated from the Japan Prizewinners Programme of Leiden University in Tokyo.