Principal consultant at the Association of Caribbean Energy Specialists, Anthony “Tony” Paul contributes to NRGI his expertise in finding mutually beneficial ways of ensuring that more value from oil, gas and minerals extraction is retained in their locales of production. Paul has also been director of the Lloyd Best Institute of the Caribbean since 2010.
Paul’s past roles include non-executive director at the Republic Finance and Merchant Bank, Massy Technologies Group and TOSL Engineering. He also founded and chaired the Centre for Energy Enterprise Development in Trinidad and Tobago. Additionally, Paul served as a council member of the South Trinidad Chamber of Industry and Commerce (now Energy Chamber) (2001–5) and as an advisor at Chatham House from 2005 until 2020, working specifically within their petroleum governance programs. He has been an official policy and strategy advisor to Ministers and Regulators responsible for oil and gas, in the design and implementation of fit-for-purpose governance systems in Guyana, Ghana, Mozambique, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Angola and Trinidad and Tobago, among others.
A citizen of Trinidad and Tobago, Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from University of London’s Imperial College of Science and Technology and a master’s degree in geophysics from the University of Houston. He started his career at T&T’s Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries, where he worked through 1991. After subsequently working at Petrotrin, he held multiple technical, commercial and leadership roles at Amoco and BP (T&T) and BP plc until 2003, before going into consulting.