RAY LEARSY BIOGRAPHICAL
Raymond J. Learsy, a graduate of the Wharton School, made his life in the fast-paced, risk-filled world of commodities trading, beginning in 1959.
In 1963, he started his own firm and over twenty years expanded from the U.S. into Canada, the United Kingdom, Luxembourg, Brazil, and Pakistan, trading in an array of bulk raw materials and commodities, shipping to customers worldwide.
In the 1980s, he shifted gears as a private investor, from 1982 to 1988, served as a Reagan appointee to the National Endowment for the Arts.
Currently, he is a member of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Ray Learsy's richly informed analysis of the international oil trade, OPEC, and its impact on the American and world economy has been featured in the National Review Online and the New York Times. Learsy is the author of Over a Barrel: Breaking Oil’s Grip on Our Future an analysis of the international oil trade.