Raymond Frenken

As a finanial journalist during the 1990s, Raymond saw his stories appear regularly in newspapers such as the International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, while reporting for Bloomberg News and Dow Jones from Amsterdam, Zurich, Paris and London.

His face became a familiar one to many CNBC Europe viewers who enjoyed his daily reporting and live commentary from Brussels. His regular interviews with finance ministers and EU commissioners generated international headlines. His spot coverage of the Euro crisis and his analysis of ECB decisions on interest rates helped shape the reaction on international financial markets.

Combining new opportunities offered by digital media with plans for a European affairs channel, Ray left CNBC in 2006 with a bold plan: creating a pan-European television channel about European politics and policies. This ambition never fully materialized but it still exists as a popular YouTube channel, with nearly 20 million views and 10,000 subscribers.

Ray has managed media projects for a variety of organizations, including the European External Action Service and the European Space Agency, and, in the Maastricht region, Dutch multinational Royal DSM and the European Journalism Centre.