The European Centre of Technology (ECT) and its sister organisation, the European Energy Centre (EEC), are pleased to provide Green Energy training to hundreds of women every year. As well as working with the United Nations Environment Programme and major universities to promote best practice in Sustainability, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, the EEC-ECT is also committed to advancing the role and recognition of women in the Energy sector, by providing them with training, networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities.
This month, it is our pleasure to focus on the achievements and professional background of Masako Eguchi-Bacon, Managing Director of Oceanbridge Management Ltd, who attended the EEC’s Accredited Electric Vehicles course at the University of London earlier this year. We spoke to Masako about her current role, and how this relates to the fast-growing Electric Vehicles sector.
1. What is your current expertise and how does this relate to Electric Vehicles?
I have more than 25 years of experience in international business development between Japanese and non-Japanese companies and over the last 8 years I have specialised in the relationship between Japan and the UK/Europe.
One of our recent projects is to arrange a collaboration between the UK and Japanese companies related to EV and V2G and to establish the right business model for them.
2. Why did you choose to train with the European Energy Centre in order to take the exam for the internationally recognised Galileo Master Certificate?
For our EV and V2G project, we started market research to identify government’s policy, market trends and key players and I needed to have a better understanding of EV. I chose the EEC’s course because it has a comprehensive coverage about EV, from technology to economic/financial implications. It was also attractive to have an opportunity to obtain the Galileo Master Certificate (GMC).
3. What are the skills that you gained with the European Energy Centre?
The course was great in that I could obtain a comprehensive knowledge about EV. My knowledge used to be sporadic and I felt like the missing pieces of the puzzle were filled by the course. The lecturer was very knowledgeable and discussion with attendees was precious.
4. How will you apply these skills to your career, either directly or indirectly?
The EV market is growing. Many more players are getting involved into the market (both from the Energy and the Automotive sectors) and technology is evolving. As the situation develops, I will continue to refer the course material and notes so that I analyse the technology and market trends from different perspectives and guide our clients in the right direction.
Places on the upcoming Electric Vehicles course that Masako attended are limited, so if you would like to attend please get in touch as soon as possible.
(part-funding is available)