David Rice was director of BP’s policy unit, the company’s chief of staff for government and public affairs, and also BP’s group policy advisor on development issues. During his 27-year career at BP, David was also a geophysicist, a structural geologist, head of geoscience training, exploration manager for BP in China, a commercial analyst, and strategic planner. He worked for BP in Holland, Norway, Alaska, Texas, Thailand, Egypt and China, and advised on the social impacts of major projects in Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Angola, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey, Indonesia and Russia. He instigated for BP various relationships with NGOs and was one of the initiators of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights for the oil, gas and mining industries. David is now an independent consultant, and has recently worked with resource industries in Australia, Angola and Azerbaijan.
Prior to joining BP in 1979, David was at the UK National Physical Laboratory where he had been part of an atmospheric research team measuring and modelling stratospheric ozone. Before that he was a research astrophysicist at London University, working in a joint team with the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge. David is currently a senior associate of the University of Cambridge Program for Industry, contributing to sustainable development education programs for businesses, NGOs and governments. David is co-author of Ethics and the Multinational Corporation (Mackenzie and Rice in ‘The Moral Universe’, Demos, 2002).