Board of Directors

John P. Andrews
Founding Chairman

Formerly Chairman of PETROTRIN and the Atlantic LNG Company of Trinidad and Tobago, John is an experienced oil and gas industry professional.

An accountant by training, John is a graduate of the International Tax Programme of the Harvard Law School and spent his professional life in the public service of Trinidad and Tobago. In 1974, he was largely responsible for the design and successful implementation of Trinidad and Tobago’s petroleum taxation legislation. He was the first head of the Oil Audit Section of the Inland Revenue Division and a member of the Permanent Petroleum Pricing Committee. John has held numerous government positions and served as the Executive Director of the Technical Advisory Group

The Founding Chairman of the NiQuan Energy Trinidad Limited Board of Directors, he holds directorships on several boards of financial institutions and manufacturing enterprises and was awarded the nation's second highest honour, the Chaconia Gold Medal, for long and meritorious service to Trinidad and Tobago.

Alison Lewis
Vice Chair

Alison Lewis served for over 29 years in the Ministry of Finance and the Economy, 11 of them in the role of Permanent Secretary. From 2001 to 2003, Alison also served as an advisor to the Executive Director at the World Bank in Washington, D.C.

The Vice Chair of the NiQuan Energy Trinidad Limited Board of Directors, Alison has also served as a member of a number of Public Sector Boards of Directors including the Boards of the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago, the Trinidad and Tobago Securities and Exchange Commission, the Unit Trust Corporation, and the Heritage and Stabilisation Fund.

She presently serves as a member on some private sector Boards of Directors including Republic Bank Trinidad and Tobago Limited and the Trinidad Cement Limited.

Alison holds a BA in Economics and Management from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, and became a distinguished awardee on the occasion of the UWI Alumni's 25th anniversary. More recently, Alison was awarded the Public Service Gold Medal of Merit from the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

Walker Williams
Director

Walker Williams has more than three decades experience working with governments, corporations, NGOs and multilateral institutions. His areas of expertise include international development, energy, finance, business development and corporate management.

A consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy, Walker was instrumental in establishing the first Western Hemispheric Energy Ministerial in 1999, which directly focused on Caribbean energy issues, and was a prime mover in Trinidad and Tobago hosting the Western Hemispheric Energy Ministerial in Tobago. 

A recognized champion of Caribbean issues in the US, Walker founded the Caribbeana Council to raise the profile of Caribbean issues in the United States. He and the Caribbeana Council played a major role in securing the passage of the initial Caribbean Basin Initiative in 1983 and led U.S. business trade missions to Jamaica, St. Kitts- Nevis, the Dominican Republic, Barbados, Grenada, Haiti, St. Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, and Trinidad and Tobago.

In 1992, he organized the African Energy Ministerial in Morocco and he continues to provide consultant services to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Group Chairman for the NiQuan Energy Group, Walker also serves as the President of Education Africa USA, a non-profit, non-political organization that is committed to providing quality educational opportunities to the people of South Africa.

Walker is a graduate of Boston University, where he earned a degree in Communications. He also attended Seton Hall and Rutgers University’s Graduate Schools of Business Administration.

J. Nicholas Galt
Director

One of the Caribbean’s most recognized entrepreneurs, Nicholas Galt maintains a varied portfolio in both the business world and NGO community.

In addition to serving as a Director for NiQuan Energy Trinidad Ltd, Nicholas also serves as Executive Chairman of the TSL Group, Chairman of PetroCom Technologies, Ltd., Chairman of DocuCentre Ltd., Chairman of Meso Outsourcing, Ltd., and, in the recent past, was Vice Chairman of the Governing Board of Directors of The Association of American Chambers of Commerce of Latin America and the Caribbean (AACCLA), a Washington, D.C.-based organisation and a sister organisation of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

He is also a past President and sitting Board Member of the American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad and Tobago, Board Member of Youth Business Trust Trinidad and Tobago, (Prince Charles of Wales Trust), and Chairman of Esprit Consulting (previously Ernest & Young Consulting Group).  He is a liaison officer for Guillain Barre Foundation of Philadelphia, U.S.A. and, in May 2009, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Trinidad and Tobago International Financial Centre.

A Rotarian for several years, Nicholas is a Paul Harris fellow.

 

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.

Rafael Borja Samperio
Director and Chairman of the Finance Committee

A former Managing Director of Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York, where he was Co-head of the Latin American Corporate & Sovereign Coverage Group, within the Securities Division, Rafael Borja Samperio is a Director and Chairman of the Finance Committee.

Before joining Goldman Sachs, Rafael worked at Credit Suisse in New York, where he served as head of Latin America Local Sales within the Investment Bank’s Fixed Income department and, before that, he served as co-head of Central America and Caribbean coverage.

Rafael earned a degree in International Relations from El Colegio de México in 1997 and an MA in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in 2000.

NiQuan Energy LLC

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United States

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Trinidad and Tobago

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