Eduard Ruijs is a Managing Director in the Global Energy & Power Infrastructure funds, which currently manage $8 billion for investment in the power, midstream, utility and other areas in the energy sector across two 15-year funds. BlackRock acquired the Funds in 2017, which were created and built at First Reserve, a private equity firm that has been investing in exclusively in the energy sector since 1983. Mr. Eduard Ruijs is leading the London team responsible for investment origination, execution and exit strategy, focusing on the energy infrastructure sector in EMEA and Asia-Pacific.
In February 2019 the London team entered into a landmark infrastructure partnership with KKR and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) to form a new entity – ADNOC Oil Pipelines, in which BlackRock and KKR will collectively hold a 40% interest. It will lease ADNOC’s ownership interest in 18 pipelines transporting stabilized crude oil and spread across ADNOC’s offshore and onshore upstream concessions for a 23-year period.
At First Reserve, Eduard Ruijs was a Managing Director of the European Energy Infrastructure team and led its investments in the First Reserve energy infrastructure funds. Prior to joining First Reserve in 2011, Eduard was an 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 government sponsored Japan Prizewinners Programme at Leiden University.