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Rui Watanabe

Rui Watanabe
Specialisation: Renewable Energy, Offshore Wind
Company Position: Consultant - Renewable Energy
Email Address: rui.watanabe@next-wavepartners.com
Phone Number: +65 3174 0674

My first recruitment experience was at a Singaporean IT recruitment firm where I joined as a Recruitment cum Marketing intern for 6 months. Soon after graduating from university in Osaka, I decided to continue learning more about recruitment and joined a UK tech specialized recruitment firm. During my stint there, I was helping Japanese national candidates/non-Japanese candidates (All across from Junior to PM, Director, and  Country Manager level) to find positions at software vendors, IT consulting firms, and end-user clients. 

Area of specialisation

I recruit across the end-to-end value chain of renewable energy projects - from investment and commercial personnel, to technical professionals.

Clients I work with include:
•    Infrastructure Investment Banks / Private Equity Groups
•    Infrastructure Advisory and Management Firms
•    Legal Counsel (external and internal)
•    Project Developers
•    Independent Power Produces (IPPs)
•    Engineering Services Firms (Owner’s Engineering, Lender’s Engineers, Independent Engineering)
•    EPC Companies
•    Construction Contractors
•    Equipment Suppliers

Renewable Energy Technology Focus:
•    Solar
•    Wind
•    Hydropower
•    Geothermal
•    Bio-Energy
•    Waste-to-Energy

Thoughts on Renewable Energy

It is interesting to see how countries are implementing or planning for rapid growth in energy conversion from conventional power to renewable energy, especially in Europe. 

Despite the lower rate of conversion plan compared to European countries, Japan is also a country that plans to implement and convert to renewable energy, aiming to bring up the ratio to 36~38% by 2030. 

I’m thrilled to be a part of this industry and connect with people who are as passionate about sustainability and clean energy as I am.