Executive Team

Ainsley Gill
Group Chief Executive Officer and Director

An energy industry veteran and seasoned entrepreneur with more than 20 years’ experience in international government relations, financing, business development, information technology and management consulting, Ainsley is the founding member, Group Chief Executive Officer and Director of the NiQuan Energy Group, and also serves on the NiQuan Energy Trinidad Limited Board of Directors.

Ainsley served as the Foreign Registered Agent for the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (GORTT) in the United States, promoting foreign relations, national security, trade, energy, business development and investments. He was the principal consultant to GORTT in negotiations to leverage the country’s membership in the Gas Exporting Countries Forum and was also engaged by the GORTT for the initial conceptualization, strategy development and rollout of the implementation plan for the Trinidad and Tobago International Financial Center.

Other assignments included working as principal development consultant to state-owned gas company, Songagas, G.E. of Equatorial Guinea, where he advised on the collection, transformation and commercialization of all of its liquefied natural gas (LNG) interests and led negotiations to increase Sonagas’ equity interest in the Alba field and the establishment of the 3G consortium, which included Union Fenosa, Eon Ruhrgas and Mitsumi. He also served as the lead development consultant to RWE Supply and Trading and Excelerate Energy in the development of a major Natural Gas downstream facility and as principal consultant to BPTT in the promotion of the Trinidad and Tobago/ U.S.A. strategic energy interest.

Ainsley has founded several highly successful companies, one of which, CompSpa Inc., provided services to the US Government, including the IRS and NASA.

David Dhanoo
Group Chief Legal Officer & Board Secretary

A highly experienced corporate lawyer with over 25 years of legal and executive management experience in asset financing, corporate banking, compliance, (re)insurance, asset management, commercial contracts, financial regulation and litigation, David has worked at the highest levels in insurance banking and the energy sectors.

Now Group Chief Legal Officer for the NiQuan Energy Group, previously David was the Group Chief Legal Officer and Board Secretary for the Qatar Financial Centre Authority and its subsidiaries for over 8 years. He was responsible for all QFC Authority Group commercial contracts, legislation and compliance, companies registration office, employment standards office, data protection office, licensing and regulation of ancillary services firms, and board secretariat and governance matters for the QFCA and its subsidiaries.

Prior to joining the QFC, David was General Counsel and Company Secretary of an Allianz Insurance and Bonding Group company and its subsidiaries in London, where he spent almost thirteen years.  He has also worked as an asset finance and banking lawyer within GE Capital and Morgan Grenfell (Deutsche Bank) respectively.

A Member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, David was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1988 and shortly thereafter was admitted as an attorney of the Supreme Court of Trinidad and Tobago.   He obtained his LL.B and LL.M degrees from Queen Mary, University of London and completed his postgraduate Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law in London.

Roshan Rodriguez
Group Vice President of Special Projects

With a successful track record of delivering complex projects with multiple stakeholders and in politically sensitive contexts, Roshan Rodriguez is the Group Vice President of Special Projects for the NiQuan Energy Group. In this role she is responsible for working across the organisation to plan, implement and oversee projects that fall outside of plant operations and production.

Before joining NiQuan Energy, Roshan was the Operations Manager and Small Business Team Lead for the Hawaiʻi Health Connector; the organisation responsible for building the on-line Health Insurance Exchange each state is required to have under the Affordable Care Act.

She was responsible for developing and writing all policies and procedures for the Small Business Health Insurance Options Program (SHOP), which is used by small business owners to provide employees with health insurance and she developed all the related small business training material.

In this role she was required to train Connector employees and educate the general public about the Exchange. This included addresses and briefings to the Hawaiʻi State Legislature, Hawaiʻi Economic Association, Hawaiʻi Department of Labour and Hawaiʻi Employers Council. Under her direction, the State of Hawaiʻi was one of few states whose small business program was functional and open to the public by the federal deadline of October 1, 2013.

Prior to the Connector, Roshan was the Client Relations Director for The AGA Group where she was responsible for working with a team to manage and oversee major projects including the initial planning and implementation of the Trinidad and Tobago Financial Centre. In this role, she worked throughout the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East. She also worked closely with The AGA Group’s political action committee, ensuring its compliance with federal election regulations.

Roshan holds a B.A. in Economics with a minor in Spanish from George Mason University and an Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Hawaiʻi Shidler College of Business.

Senator David Small
Group Vice President, Global Energy Services

An established, respected and highly experienced figure on the Trinidad and Tobago energy scene, as well as an Independent Senator serving on the Energy Select Committee, before joining NiQuan Energy Trinidad, Limited as Group Vice President of Global Services, David Small was the Director of Policy and International Relations at the Ministry of Energy and Energy Affairs. In this role, he was responsible for providing strategic policy advice to the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. David was also a part of the core team that, in 2001-2002, developed and implemented the Natural Gas Master Plan for Trinidad and Tobago.

Appointed Lead Contact for the Government’s African Energy Initiative to provide energy strategy and policy advice to energy producing African nations, David also served on the Executive Board of the Qatar-based Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) where he was instrumental in bringing the organization into formal international status. 

David has served on the Board of Directors of the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago (NGC) for nine years (2002-2010) where, among other roles, he was the Chairman of the Board’s Finance Committee. From 2008 to 2010, he was the Chairman of the Board of two special purpose subsidiaries of the NGC and from 2008 to 2010, he was a Director on the board of Phoenix Park Gas Processors Limited.

David holds a Master in Business Administration from Middlesex University in London and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Natural Gas Economics and Management from the College of Petroleum and Energy Studies in Oxford (now Oxford-Princeton).

 

Malcolm Wells
Vice President of Corporate Affairs

Arguably the most experienced project developer in the GTL industry and demonstrably its highest profile advocate, Malcolm Wells joined the energy sector in 1998 as a political campaign manager for the UK oil and gas industry. In this role he managed two successful campaigns against the Blair government before being seconded to the UK Government’s Oil and Gas Taskforce to co-ordinate the industry contribution to the largest single change programme yet attempted in UK industrial history.

He joined Sasol Chevron in 2002 as Communications Manager, where he won multiple awards, including the Petroleum Economist’s ‘Communications Team of the Year’ in 2008, having been Runner-up in 2007. His many newsworthy GTL product demonstrations include fleet operations in South Africa, Qatar, Europe and the USA, a trans-Africa expedition, a successful Guinness World Record attempt in Uzbekistan and a man versus cheetah race featuring international rugby star Bryan Habana.

Malcolm has worked with or for every one of the world’s currently operational commercial-scale GTL projects. Despite Sasol Chevron not being a shareholder, he was asked to manage ORYX GTL’s corporate affairs function, including the branding of the project, and he was a member of the management team of EGTL in Nigeria. He has written widely on the successful commercialization of GTL, including producing a paper for the Royal Society, and is a regular presenter on GTL and GTL-related matters on the international conference circuit.

One of the instigators of the Alliance for Synthetic Fuels in Europe, a joint lobby group with the vehicle manufacturers, in 2010 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society for his work in combining the promotion of clean, synthetic fuels with high profile wildlife conservation programmes.

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