Dr Ray received his Doctorate in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania under the guidance of Nobel Laureate Prof. Alan MacDiarmid. He then moved to the chemical industry and worked for over 25 years across functions ranging from Quality Control, Technical Service, R&D and Marketing to General Management, Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Strategy.
His professional interests have spanned fields as diverse as surfactants, oleochemicals, lubricants, coatings, adhesives, textiles, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, water treatment, energy efficiency, biofuels and renewable energy policy. Currently, he holds the position of Director, CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun.
He also leads the Supply Chain vertical of the CSIR Strategy Group, constituted in March 2020 for developing CSIR's concerted response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to the transformations necessary in the post-COVID world.
Apart from his professional career in chemical technology, Dr Ray has had an active interest in media, education, heritage and environmental conservation for over three decades.