Council Member

The Chief Executive Officer, Center for Financial Journalism, Lagos, Nigeria

Ray Echebiri, a consummate financial journalist, development economist and author, is the CEO of Centre for Financial Journalism (CFJ Nigeria), an organization whose mission is to raise the standard of financial journalism practice in Nigeria, and Publisher of NextMoney magazine. Before founding CFJ Nigeria and NextMoney, Ray had worked with some of the most reputable newspapers and magazines in Nigeria, and occupied top editorial positions such as Assistant Editor, Business Editor, Deputy Editor, Member Editorial Board, Editor, Editor-in-Chief. He was the Editor of Financial Standard and founding Editor-in-Chief/CEO of BusinessWorld Newspaper.

Ray started his journalism career at the Newbreed Organisation, publishers of Newbreed and The President magazines. He later moved to BusinessInEcowas, a bi-lingual (English and French) magazine that focused on the economic and political developments in the West African sub-region. A year after, he moved to Champion Newspapers. He rose from Staff Writer, the position at which he was employed, to Assistant News Editor, and then to Business Editor. Later he was transferred out of the Business Desk and made Deputy Editor of Sunday Champion. He also acted as Editor, Sunday Champion for a short while before he was elevated to the position of Editor, Business Champion.

Ray later moved out of Champion House to Financial Institutions Training Centre (FITC) where he functioned as Personal Assistant to the Director General, but he went back to journalism practice after a stint at FITC to edit Financial Standard newspaper.

A widely-travelled journalist, Ray has covered many high profile local and international events including the famed June 12 Election in Nigeria, various editions of Nigerian Economic Summit, The World Bank/International Monetary Fund annual meetings (in different countries of the world), African Development Bank annual meetings (in different countries of Africa), The World Economic Forum, etc. He has attended many training programmes within and outside the country, and has also served as a resource person in many training programmes, workshops, seminars and conferences within and outside the country.

Beyond helping to shape public policy through his informed reports and opinion articles, Ray has participated in many conferences and seminars that crafted strategies targeted at achieving fast-paced growth for the Nigerian economy. He served as a member of the drafting team for the Prioritisation of Federal Government's Policies, Programmes and Projects (2011-2015). He also worked with some eminent scholars to produce the popular version of Nigeria's economic transformation blueprint, Vision 20:2020. 

Ray studied at the University of Calabar, Nigeria, as a Mobil scholar and at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom, as a British Chevening scholar.

Ray is the author of Rage of the Risk God – A Reportage of the Lamido Sanusi Banking Reforms, a book that contextualized the motivations, rationale, and the impact of the banking reforms embarked upon by the Central Bank of Nigeria under Mallam Lamido Sanusi.

Ray is married and has three children.