David Dennis is a Senior Associate at The Asia Group, where he supports clients in Southeast Asia and Oceania. He works with clients navigating political, economic, and regulatory developments across the region and on challenges and opportunities related to Southeast Asian countries’ external relations with Australia, China, Japan, and the United States. David supports clients across a broad range of sectors, including the energy, manufacturing, defense, information technology, and standards development sectors.
Prior to joining The Asia Group, David was a Presidential Management Fellow with the International Trade Administration’s Office of Energy and Environmental Industries. In this capacity, he worked with U.S industry to shape international trade and investment policies related to climate change, smart grid technologies, air pollution monitoring and control, and carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS). David previously worked with the Southeast Asia Practice at McLarty Associates and the Southeast Asia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He served as an AmeriCorps volunteer at White Sands National Park and worked with the Student Conservation Association in Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, and New York City.
David has spent several years working and studying in Southeast Asia, including time as a participant on the U.S. Department of State’s Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program and the Critical Language Scholarship Program. He is a recipient of the David L. Boren Graduate Fellowship and the Freeport-McMoRan Fellowship for Southeast Asia Studies.
David holds an MA in International Economics and Southeast Asia Studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University and holds a BA in Religion from Middlebury College. David is proficient in Indonesian and conversational in Mandarin and Portuguese.