Ray Leonard was born in New York. He received a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Arizona and a master’s degree in geology from the University of Texas at Austin.
He is currently president of Anglo Eurasia LLC, a consulting firm for the oil and gas industry. He has held executive positions with Amoco, FIOC, the Russian oil major –YUKOS, the Hungarian national oil company – MOL, the Kuwait Energy Company and was most recently CEO of Hyperdynamics, a NYSE-listed independent oil company exploring for oil and gas in West Africa.
Leonard has been recognized for his technical excellence by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists being named a Distinguished Lecturer in the field of geochemistry and by professional publications on the origin of overpressure and geology offshore Trinidad, the North Sea and East Siberia and Russian oil and gas reserves.
He also has been active in the debate regarding world oil and gas reserves for many years, presenting and publishing at forums such as Council on Foreign Relations (1994 and 2014), Center for Strategic Studies (2001), International Energy Agency (2003), the AAPG Hedberg Conference (2006), Aspen Forum (2008), Emirate Center for Strategic Studies (2013) and the 26th World Gas Conference (2015).