Dr. Echcherif El Kettani Hamza was born on 22/11/1940 (25 Chaaban 1359) in Salé, Morocco.
He obtained his baccalaureate from Mohammed V Schools in Rabat in 1958. Then, he joined the University of Damascus (Syria), where he earned his ES-sciences Bachelor’s degree in physics and chemistry in 1962. In the same year, he enrolled in the third-cycle at Sorbonne University in Paris, where he earned his higher doctorate in Physics, major of chemistry, in 1968. During this period, he had been a research engineer at Research and Mining participation Office (BRPM) in Rabat.
He returned to Morocco where he was appointed a lecturer at Mohammedia School of Engineers of Rabat (Mohammed V University) in 1968, and he became a tertiary education professor of meneralurgy in 1970. He later served as the director of the said school between 1975 and 1982. Then, he assumed the position of Director of Studies at the Institute for Studies and Research on Arabization of Rabat.
He also served as a visiting professor at a number of international universities, including Quebec and Montreal Universities in Canada and Berkeley University in USA. In January 2018, he was appointed as Professor Emeritus at Mohammed V University of Rabat, on the occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of its creation
In terms of association membership, he is a member of a number of national and international scientific associations and foundations, including the following: “National Union of Moroccan Engineers” (founding member), “National Union of Higher Education” (founding member), “Moroccan Association of Mining Engineers” (founding member) and “Association of Es-science Doctors in France”, etc.
He contributed through research and expertise to numerous international and regional organizations. He collaborated with UNESCO in the field of technical higher education for the benefit of many African countries and that of the fight against illiteracy in the developing countries. He also participated, under the auspices of ALESCO, in the realization of the
unified corpus for primary education in the Arab countries, and he collaborated with ISESCO on the Islamic world’s scientific heritage.
He is the author of more than one hundred works, written in Arabic and French, covering various fields, including chemical engineering, economic development, technology transfer, in addition to a big number of research projects on the issues of Arabization, standardization of the Arab character in information technology, and local communities development.
At the political and unions level, his career has been very rich. It began at university as he was elected to serve as the head of Moroccan Students National Union section at Damascus University in 1961. Thereafter, he joined the Higher Education National Union in 1968. In the same year, he was the Director of the office of Dr. Abdellatif El Filali, who was the Higher Education Minister at that time. Then, he became a founding member of the Constitutional Union Party in 1983 and a member of its political office in 1989.
Between 1983 and 1992, he was the President of Rabat Municipal Council. During this period, he signed twinning agreements with many Arab, African and European capital cities, including the following: Tunis, Cairo, Tripoli, Amman, Sana’a, Istanbul, Athens, Marseille, Lisbon, Antsirabe, Abidjan, Nouakchott and Malabu.
In 1995, he was appointed to serve as Minister of Posts and Telecommunications in Dr. Abdellatif El Filali’s government. He had served in this position for 3 years, during which he managed to achieve a substantial reform, namely the liberalization of the sector, and thus he initiated a new flourishing era in information highways. This achievement allowed Morocco to be a precursor in sucha technological revolution at the turn of the 20th century.
In 1998, he and his cousin Pr. Mohammed Ali Montassir El Kettani founded the “Kettani Association for Solidarity and Culture”, of which he was elected president.
In 2002, he completely devoted himself to research, creating “Kettani Scientific Foundation for Studies and Research”. He provided the foundation with a headquarters dedicated to a large library that brings together the manuscript and printed historical heritage of the Kettani family, as well as several encyclopedias and works encompassing more than ten thousand scientific and artistic areas. The foundation also includes an electronic library containing more than one hundred thousand references.
It published between 2002 and 2017 more than 200 books, to which more than forty Kettani family researchers, university professors and PhD students, have contributed.
All these works are listed and made available to researchers at the Foundation’s headquarters and on its website as well: www.fondationkettani.org
Pr. Hamza Kettani is considered to be the reference expert in the Kettani family genealogy, and he is the director of the definitive version of the mixed tree (men and women) of the family. This allowed him to have been elected a member of the International Academy of Genealogy, whose headquarters is in Paris, since 2010.
Additionally, he has been bestowed several national and international honours and decorations. For instance, he was decorated by His Majesty King Hassan II with the Sharifian Alaouite wissams: Knightly order in 1989 and Officer order in 1995; in 2005, he was awarded by His Majesty King Mohammed VI with the wissam of commander. He was also decorated with national orders in Spain, Germany and Denmark and obtained recognition awards from more than 50 regional and international organizations.
Finally, concerning the family side, he is married to Dr. Khadija Berrahma Tlemçani, and they had two sons, Ali and Othmane, and a daughter, Malika.
He was elected a Fellow of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences (IAS), in 2000.