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Rory O'Connor

Global CIO and Head of Europe
Rory O'Connor
Global CIO and Head of Europe

Rory O’Connor, Managing Director, is Global Chief Investment Officer and Head of Europe for the Renewable Power Group, within BlackRock Real Assets. As Global CIO, Mr. O’Connor leads the governance and investment process of the Renewable Power platform, providing leadership and consistency across all renewable power investment processes. As Head of Europe, Mr. O’Connor also leads the European investment and portfolio management activities for the Renewable Power Group. Mr. O’Connor is the CIO of BlackRock’s Renewable Income products in the UK and Europe (Renewable Income UK, Renewable Income Europe), and also manages the Team’s renewable power investments in Europe as part of BlackRock’s Global Renewable Power portfolios. Mr. O’Connor has managed the investment in over 110 wind and solar projects in Europe having joined the team upon its formation in 2011.

 

Prior to joining BlackRock in 2011, Mr. O’Connor was Group Treasurer, Head of Corporate Finance, and a member of the Group Executive senior management team at NTR plc where he managed investment, financing, portfolio management and investment realization programs in renewable energy and sustainable waste management and infrastructure, including investments in and the sale of Airtricity and NTR’s monetization of its toll road infrastructure assets.

 

Previously, Mr. O’Connor served as Director of Strategic Planning, at Elan Corporation plc, and worked in the M&A Division of Morgan Stanley International in London. Mr. O’Connor earned a first-class degree in International Commerce from University College Dublin in 1997 and a Master in Business Administration from INSEAD in 2001. Mr. O’Connor also graduated from the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2009.