Mr. Kevin Ramnarine was appointed a Senator and Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Energy Affairs on May 28, 2010.
Mr. Ramnarine graduated from the University of the West Indies with a B.Sc. degree in Chemistry in 1994. It was during his early years at the UWI that he first became involved in student politics which would lead to an interest in national politics. In 1995 he joined the United National Congress and served on the executive of the Party’s Youth Arm and on the National Executive from 1997 to 2001. He also once held the post of Senior Research Officer at the Office of the Leader of the Opposition. He would go on to read for and graduate with a M.Sc. degree in Petroleum Engineering from the UWI in 2002.
Mr. Ramnarine would later work as an Energy Research Specialist at the South Trinidad Chamber of Industry and Commerce (now the Energy Chamber). In his time at the Energy Chamber he worked on a range of policy issues impacting the national energy sector including fiscal reform, natural gas reserves, local content, downstream development and the strengthening of the local energy services sector. During his years at the Energy Chamber he read for and graduated with an International MBA from the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business. This MBA degree was awarded with distinction in 2008.
Following his stint at the Energy Chamber he went to work with the country’s second largest producer of natural gas BG T&T. At BG T&T he worked as a Lead Economist for the East Coast Marine Area (ECMA) – one of the most prolific gas producing acreages in Trinidad and Tobago. Here he would obtain valuable in-depth knowledge of the workings of a multi-national oil and gas company, being exposed to Production Sharing Contracts (PSC’s), natural gas pricing, project economics, production optimization, business planning, opportunity screening and determination of natural gas reserves.
While at BG he continued his relationship with the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business, this time as a part-time lecturer in the International MBA programme, where he helped establish the "Energy Management Elective", which seeks to give students the opportunity to specialize their MBA degrees in line with the business skills requirements of the national energy sector. He lectured the MBA elective course “Overview of the Oil and Gas Industry”.
Mr. Ramnarine is married to Priya Rampersad-Ramnarine. He has two siblings, one a teacher and the other a medical doctor. His interests include economic history, philosophy, strategy, international affairs and globalization.
The Senate - Tuesday July 6, 2010 - Link
Motion: State of the Economy - Link