Dr Kettani was born on September 27, 1941 in Fes (Morocco). He is married and father of four. He received his school education in Morocco and Syria. He obtained a “Diploma d’Ingenieur Electrician” form Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Lausanne, Switzerland) 1963; followed higher studies in Nuclear Engineering, Universities of Geneva and Lausanne, and obtained a PhD in Electical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA), 1966.
He was successively: instructor, Ecole d’Ingenieurs, Rabat, Morocco, 1964; Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering Department, University of Pittsburgh, 1966-1968; Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering Department, College of Engineering, University of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 1968-1969; Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering Department, College of Engineering, University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 1969-1973; Professor 1973-1982; Head, Electrical Engineering Department, same, 1972-1974; Visiting Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., (USA), 1975-1976; and Professor, Summer Graduate Courses, Italy,1970-1978.
Dr Kettani gave lectures in Universities in five continents. He speaks and writes Arabic, English, French, and Spanish, and was member of a number of science committees of a multitude of scientific conferences.
Prof. Kettani was the Director General of the Islamic Foundation for Science, Technology and Development, IFSTAD, 1981-1989 and Founding Fellow and Secretary General, Islamic Academy of Sciences (1986). He served as Secretary General, IAS, until he was elected Vice-President in 1994. In the nineties, Dr Kettani founded the Ibn Rushd International Islamic University, Cordoba, Spain
Prof. Kettani is a former member of the Editorial Board of a number of international journals, a Member of the Board, International Federation of Institutes of Advanced Studies (IFIAS), Stockholm, Sweden; and a Member, Energy Research Group, (ERG), Ottawa, Canada; A Member and Chairman of the Project Selection Committee, SOLERAS US-Saudi program 1979-1985; a Member of the Executive Committee of the Islamic Education, Science and Culture Organization (ISESCO), 1982-1986, member of the Arab Thought Forum, Amman (Jordan), etc.
Cited in the international Who’s Who of Intellectuals, he is author and co-author of about 12 books in English and Arabic, printed in the USA, England, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia; and author of more than 150 articles in different areas, especially in energy problems.