Mr. David Small was appointed an Independent Senator on August 2, 2013, at the start of the 4th Session of the 10th Republican Parliament.
With more than two decades of energy policy and strategic experience, Mr. Small has served in several senior positions in the Government of Trinidad and Tobago as an advisor and spokesperson for the Ministry of Energy with a focus on energy policy, strategy and relationship management. He has spent his 23 years plus of experience in several spheres focusing on the energy industry, both in Trinidad and Tobago and overseas. He was educated both at The University of the West Indies and in the United Kingdom, where he attended the College of Petroleum Studies in Oxford and Middlesex University, London, earning a post-graduate diploma in natural gas economics and MBA degree, respectively.
In his varied career, Mr. Small has served on the boards of directors of the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago and Phoenix Park Gas Processors as a non-executive member. He has also worked in the Ministry of Energy and Energy Affairs as a senior energy adviser in his role as the Director of the Policy and Performance Management Division which entailed his representation of the Government’s interests at major global energy meetings and the management of daily interactions with international energy organization. Mr. Small also played a key role in interfacing with key multilateral organisations, such as the Inter-American Development Bank, International Monetary Fund and World Bank.
Apart from his activities in the public sector, Mr. Small has considerable experience in private enterprise as a consultant providing energy-centric strategic advisory and business development services to clients in the USA and Europe. He currently provides independent professional consulting services to various clients in the oil and energy sector on a wide range of issues, including negotiating strategies and management of business relations.
Mr. Small is an established speaker at energy conferences around the world and has delivered technical papers and presentations on varied energy policy and strategy matters at all of the major international gas conferences.